Statement about Recent Antisemitic Incidents on Campus
Over the past several days, members of the Rutgers Jewish community have been targeted by repeated antisemitic attacks. The first occurred on Friday, in which protesters leaving a Students for Justice in Palestine rally traveled to the AEPi house and harassed its brothers, shouting antisemitic rhetoric and spitting in their direction.
On Monday evening, the AEPi house was targeted again, as eggs were discovered to have been thrown at the house while brothers were reading the names of Holocaust victims overnight in commemoration of Yom Hashoah. Sadly, this is the second year that eggs were found thrown at the house during this program.
There is no place for this type of targeted hate on our campus and Rutgers Hillel condemns these antisemitic acts in the strongest terms. The direct targeting of members of our Jewish community goes against everything our campus community stands for and is unacceptable, especially during a program remembering the horrific impact anti-Jewish hate can have.
We appreciate the support our community has received from the Chancellor, who released a statement about this incident Monday, reaffirming that targeting students because of their Jewish identity is wrong, and their willingness to address these issues systemically through participating in Hillel International’s Campus Climate Initiative with us. We continue to support our AEPi students, as well as all members of our campus community, as we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring the Rutgers Jewish community feels safe, respected and welcome on campus.