Anti-Semitic vandalism found in Jewish book at Pittsburgh college
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Anti-Semitic vandalism found in Jewish book at Pittsburgh college

Carnegie Mellon student find swastikas and comments that ‘Jews have no business at CMU’ scrawled in volume at campus library

Anti-Semitic comments found written in a campus library book at Carnegie Mellon University. (Adira Rosen/Facebook)
Anti-Semitic comments found written in a campus library book at Carnegie Mellon University. (Adira Rosen/Facebook)

A Jewish student at Carnegie Mellon University discovered swastikas and anti-Semitic comments written inside a campus library book.

The vandalism was discovered last week, though it is not known when it was written in the book. Carnegie Mellon is located in Pittsburgh.

Graduate student Adira Rosen, who discovered the vandalism while researching a paper on a Yiddish play, wrote about her discovery on Facebook.

In addition to swastikas on two pages, one page had the words “Jews have no business at CMU!” Just below it, someone wrote, in different handwriting, “you are right :)”

“This is a hate crime that happened here at Carnegie Mellon University, not in another country, or another state, or even in an adjacent neighborhood. It happened here,” Rosen wrote.

“As a Jewish person, and a member of the Pittsburgh community, the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, almost exactly a month ago, was the biggest tragedy that has ever affected me or my personal community. Seeing anti-Semitism occur right down the street from your home is a tragedy beyond belief but to hold a hate crime in your hands is something for which I have no words,” she also wrote.

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Posted by Adira Rosen on Thursday, 29 November 2018

The book that was vandalized deals with the ways in which Judaism and the LGBTQ+ community intersect through theater, making it also an attack on the LGBTQ+ community, Rosen wrote.

“The odds of this book being the only book in Hunt Library to have been defaced in such a way are low,” she added.

University officials say they are investigating the vandalism.

In a statement addressed to students and faculty on Thursday, CMU President Farnam Jahanian wrote: “I am distressed and saddened by yet another act of hate in our community.”

He added: “We condemn this evil. We reject bigotry in all its forms, it has no place in society.”

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