Antisemitic Stickers, Note Calling for Boycott of Israel Found on Florida Campus
by Shiryn Ghermezian
Two antisemitic stickers and a note calling for the boycott of all Israeli products were found at the University of Central Florida’s main campus on Sunday, the university’s Chabad rabbi told The Algemeiner.
One sticker displayed a swastika; another had the word “bankers” and “1%” alongside a Jewish star. Near the Nazi imagery was a note claiming that buying Israeli products helps support the “murder and oppression” of Palestinians.
In response to the discovery, Chabad Rabbi Chaim Lipskier expressed fear that the hateful messaging could lead to further antisemitism on campus. “Extreme rhetoric can help create a hateful and charged atmosphere that leads to hateful actions,” he said.
Lipskier said the UCF administration assured him they are working hard to find the perpetrators and take appropriate steps.
He also said he considers the placement of such symbols on campus to be part of an effort to make Jewish students feel threatened or unsafe. He said that both those behind the crime and others who would encourage such behavior will “not weaken” Jewish students at the university.
“In fact,” he said, “their hate-filled actions will only work to strengthen the resolve of the Jewish community that exists here at UCF, and to encourage us at Chabad to bolster our efforts to increase the education and pride amongst our students about our wonderful heritage.”
Sunday’s incident followed a similar occurrence in April at a student housing complex across from campus, where swastikas were carved into the walls of a Jewish student’s apartment.