U of Oregon Hillel sign vandalized with pro-Palestinian message and obscenities
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U of Oregon Hillel sign vandalized with pro-Palestinian message and obscenities

Vice president says university working with Eugene police to catch perpetrators who defaced campus Jewish center

The University of Oregon Hillel. (Courtesy Andy Gitelson/Hillel)
The University of Oregon Hillel. (Courtesy Andy Gitelson/Hillel)

A welcome sign of the Hillel at University of Oregon was defaced with a pro-Palestinian message and obscenities.

The vandalism at the Hillel building on the campus in Eugene was discovered on Friday.

The Hillel posted a photo of the sign in the building’s parking lot on Facebook. One message read: “Free Palestine you f**ks.”

No other damage or graffiti was discovered on or around the building, according to the organization. Two other Jewish groups on campus were left untouched.

In a message to the campus Jewish community, Kevin Marbury, University of Oregon Vice President – Division of Student Life, said that campus police were working with the Eugene Police Department to investigate the vandalism.

We apologize for the graphic content, but today we were shocked and saddened to return to our building in Eugene to find…

Posted by The Oregon Hillel Foundation on Friday, 6 July 2018

“Anti-Semitism and other forms of hate have no place at the University of Oregon. We condemn this as an unacceptable violation our university values,” Marbury wrote.

In May the university’s student government voted to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. The legislation was sponsored by the campus group Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, and endorsed by at least 30 other campus student groups.

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