Swastikas Scrawled on Dorm at U. of Missouri
Swastikas and anti-Semitic epithets were written in a stairwell of a dormitory at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
The two incidents occurred on the morning of April 9 and the evening of April 10. No suspects have been identified.
The writing was done in ash, such as from the end of a cigarette or a cigar, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported. The vandalism has been removed.
Neither the university nor police have released the contents of the epithets. University of Missouri police are investigating the incidents.
Chantelle Moghadam, co-founder of Students Supporting Israel, a new campus student organization, said in a statement that the graffiti included “a swastika, a symbol representing the ‘Illuminati,’ and the words ‘Heil’ and ‘You’ve been warned.’
“Our group wants to continue to bring awareness to campus about the fact that anti-Semitism still exists here,” Moghadam said.
She said the graffiti did not just target Jews.
“This goes to show that maybe we’re not as progressive and inclusive as we think we are as a campus,” she said.
Thalia Sass, president of the Jewish Student Organization, told the student newspaper, The Maneater, that it was difficult to be Jewish on campus during such incidents.
“I’m so proud to flaunt my Jewish identity, but when incidents like this happen, it’s scary,” said Sass, a junior. “This person doesn’t know me, but they hate me just because of the single aspect that I’m Jewish.”