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Anti-Semitic Flyers Found on Tufts Hillel

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Around two-dozen anti-Semitic flyers featuring pigs with guns emblazoned with the words “Israeli Apartheid Forces” were found on Tufts University’s Hillel on the morning of Feb. 12.

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Tufts Hillel wrote on their Facebook page at around “two dozen” of these posters were found around the building, and they were not found anywhere else campus.

Rabbi Naftali Brawer, the executive director of the campus Hillel, told the student newspaper Tufts Daily that some of the flyers on the windows faced “inwards,” suggesting they “were clearly targeted as a Jewish center.”

“It’s been a really unsettling experience for everyone here at Hillel,” Brawer said. “It shows us that bigotry and hatred are sadly alive and well, even on a university campus. And that only causes us to redouble our efforts to be a place that celebrates diversity, difference and respectful dialogue.”

Robert Trestan, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Boston office, told Tufts Daily that these flyers were “particularly upsetting” because they “were targeting the Jewish students at Tufts in the place where they feel safest and most welcome — the Hillel building.”

Tufts President Anthony Monaco called the posters “profoundly disturbing and hurtful.”

“Recognizing these posters’ impact on our campus climate, we will fully investigate this matter and follow up appropriately on the results of that investigation,” Monaco said in a statement. “Our Jewish students, faculty, and staff, and all those who participate in Hillel programs, have my support as members of our community. Please join me in supporting them, and in condemning any act of intolerance on campus.”

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