Swastikas painted in front of Jewish frat house at Univ. of Oregon


(JTA) — Swastikas were painted on mailboxes in front of a Jewish fraternity at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

A report on the vandalism at the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house was filed with the Eugene Police on Monday night, the Daily Emerald student newspaper reported.

The police do not have any leads in the case, a police spokeswoman told the Register-Guard newspaper.

Anti-Semitic or other discriminatory graffiti “hasn’t happened a lot” in Eugene in recent years, the spokeswoman told the newspaper.

Swastikas were painted on the back door of the fraternity house several years ago, a student told the local television station KMTR.

Andy Gitelson, executive director of the university’s Hillel, said there is a heightened sensitivity to the graffiti due to Israel’s current military operation in Gaza.

The city of Eugene’s human rights commission “strongly condemns these types of hateful actions,” commission member Phil Carrasco said in a statement, the Register Guard reported. “This symbol comes from a place of hate and is used to promote hate.”


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