Rutgers beefs up security patrols after anti-Semitic attacks at AEPi fraternity home

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (WABC) — Rutgers is stepping up security patrols amid reports of anti-Semitic attacks at a fraternity house.

Officials say that over the past few days, members of the Rutgers Jewish community have been the target of repeated anti-Semitic attacks.

The first occurred on Friday, in which protesters leaving a rally of students for justice in Palestine went to the AEPi’s house and harassed his brothers, shouting anti-Semitic rhetoric and spitting in their direction.

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Then on Monday evening, the AEPi home was again targeted as eggs were discovered to have been thrown at the home as brothers read the names of Holocaust victims overnight in commemoration. of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day.

This is the second year that eggs have been thrown at home during the program.

“There is no place for this type of targeted hatred on our campus, and Rutgers Hillel condemns these anti-Semitic acts in the strongest terms,” university officials said in a statement. “The direct targeting of members of our Jewish community goes against everything our University community stands for and is unacceptable, especially during a program that is a reminder of the horrific impact anti-Jewish hatred can have.”

Chancellor-Provost Francine Conway issued a statement on the incident, reaffirming that targeting students because of their Jewish identity is wrong and the university’s desire to address these issues systemically.

“We understand and are sensitive to the concerns of those who have been targeted, and support our Jewish students, faculty and staff,” she wrote. “Harassment based on religious belief, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or for any reason is against our values ​​at Rutgers University.”

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The university will increase security patrols in and around the targeted building and provide counseling and support to students who experience trauma or other effects from these actions.

The investigation into the incidents is ongoing.

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