Jewish Fraternity Vandalized With Slur

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A Jewish fraternity on campus was the target of ethnically based vandalism when a racial epithet was painted on the house’s deck Sunday night, fraternity officials said.

The term “kike,” a racial slur against Jewish people, was painted in white on the deck of Alpha Epsilon Pi and was discovered by one of the fraternity’s members Monday morning, according to fraternity officials.

“It’s just really sad, in this day and age, that anti-Semitism can still exist on such a progressive campus,” said Joe Rothberg, president of the fraternity. “It’s just depressing.”

Racially charged comments have been directed at the house in the past, but Sunday’s incident was the most blatant act of anti-Semitism that the chapter has encountered, Rothberg said.

Fraternity officials reported the incident Monday to Adam Weisberg, executive director of Hillel, and Kerry Fleming, assistant director for Greek life.

“We are in the process of working with the chapter to investigate the incident,” Fleming said in an e-mail yesterday.

One of the brothers also reported the incident to the Anti-Defamation League, a U.S.-based organization aimed to stop anti-Semitic discrimination and other types of bigotry,

Rothberg said.

Chapter advisor Shawn Lichaa said that though there are no leads, the fraternity is working with university officials

in formulating the most appropriate response.

Rothberg said the owners of the fraternity house will probably have to file a police report in order to begin a formal investigation into the incident.

Fraternity officials reported the case Monday to UCPD, which have since closed the case.

Officials have the option of reopening the case once they decide how exactly they wish to respond to the incident, Rothberg said.

Regardless of what the investigation yields, Rothberg said that he hopes that the campus can learn from the

incident.

“We hope, as a house,” he said, “that people realize what a tragedy this type of incident is and that we’ll move towards a greater acceptance for all people.”

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