Swastikas found at Stanford for second time in a month

Swastikas were scrawled on Stanford University graduate housing buildings last weekend, the second time in less than a month that such graffiti was found on campus, the Stanford Daily reported, and police had not yet named any suspects.

At the end of December, during the university’s winter break, swastikas with inverted arms were drawn on campus buildings and signs.

“The symbols are not technically swastikas,” Stanford Police Chief Laura Wilson said in a statement issued in early January. “However, due to the similarity of the symbols to a swastika and the perception by witnesses that the symbols were intended to represent an object commonly associated with hate-based violence, the police are investigating the vandalism as a possible hate crime.”

Campus police also said they received reports of an offensive flyer sent to several office printers around campus. The flyers, which contain hate speech and images of swastikas, appear to point to an overseas hacker who has sent such documents to many universities around the U.S. and don’t appear to be related to the graffiti on campus, police said.

“Despite this vandalism, Jewish life continues to thrive at Stanford, with a myriad of educational, social and religious programs each week,” Rabbi Serena Eisenberg, executive director of Hillel at Stanford, said in a news release. “We so appreciate your support as we foster a secure and inclusive campus for Jewish students and for all students at Stanford.”


JTA news agency

J. Staff