Cambridge Jewish students ‘deeply concerned’ about anti-Semitism

Letter expressing worry over uptick in incidents against Jews; swastikas, flyers supporting Holocaust denier found at university over weekend

The Great Court at Trinity College at Cambridge University (CC BY-SA, Andrew Dunn, Wikimedia Commons)
The Great Court at Trinity College at Cambridge University (CC BY-SA, Andrew Dunn, Wikimedia Commons)

Jewish student leaders at Cambridge University in England said they were “deeply concerned” about recent anti-Semitic activities at the school.

Jewish Society co-presidents Adam Goott and Alex Szlezinger told the student newspaper, the Varsity, they were in touch with campus police and Britain’s Community Security Trust following the appearance over the weekend of two swastikas drawn on a campus map and fliers supporting convicted Holocaust denier David Irving.

“We are deeply concerned by the recent escalation in the number of anti-Semitic incidents and CUJS will be in touch with the relevant authorities,” Goott and Szlezinger said.

“Cambridge University Jewish Society firmly condemns all forms of anti-Semitism, including the recent dissemination of flyers advertising abhorrent ideas of Holocaust denial, and swastika graffiti appearing on signs at Jesus Green,” they said.

In November, three Jewish students at the university accused the school of covering up an investigation into an incident in which they were attacked by members of a university drinking club on account of being Jewish.

Despite yelling at the Jewish students after seeing their yarmulkes “f—— Jew, you don’t belong here” and “dirty Jew,” the attackers were found by the school to not have acted out of anti-Semitic motives.

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