AMCHA’S Responses to Antisemitic Activity at Northeastern University

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1.  A swastika was drawn on a dry-erase board in the common space of the International Village dorm, as well as a mezuzah vandalized at an off-campus apartment building. 

  • INCIDENT: On March 29, 2015, a swastika was drawn on a dry-erase board in the common space of the International Village dorm, as well as a mezuzah vandalized at an off-campus apartment building. These incidents follow the disturbing incident that occurred in November of 2014, when swastikas were drawn on two fliers posted on campus to publicize a lecture by an Israeli military official.
  • 4/2/15 – AMCHA’S RESPONSE:  AMCHA Initiative coordinated a coalition response of 22 groups who expressed concern in a letter to President Aoun stating, “We are troubled by the reports of a swastika drawn on a dry-erase board in the common space of the International Village dorm, as well as a mezuzah vandalized at an off-campus apartment building. These incidents follow the disturbing incident that occurred in November of 2014, when swastikas were drawn on two fliers posted on campus to publicize a lecture by an Israeli military official. In both incidents, your leadership has been exemplary in identifying such acts as antisemitic, promptly and strongly condemning these actions as hate crimes, stating the University will be investigating, and standing firmly against bigotry. We join Northeastern Hillel in commending you for your, “courage and integrity in swiftly condemning anti-Semitism.” We share Northeastern Hillel Executive Director Arine Bravermen’s concern that Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and other anti-Israel activities contribute to the creation of a hostile environment for Jewish students. To deter future acts of anti-Jewish bigotry and demonstrate unequivocally your commitment to protecting Jewish students and all students on your campus, we recommend that in addition to your public statements and commitment to investigating such incidents as a hate crime, you..”