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March 18, 2015 8:32 am

Swastika Found at George Washington University for Second Time in Recent Weeks

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George Washington University finds another swastika on campus. Photo: George Washington

George Washington University President Steven Knapp revealed on Monday that a swastika was found recently at the George Washington University International House. This is reportedly the second incident in recent weeks involving the discovery of swastikas at the university.

According to Knapp, a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity placed the swastika on the fraternity’s bulletin board at the International House. The student claimed that he acquired the swastika while on Spring Break in India, and that it was not an expression of hatred.

The university said that it has referred the matter to the Metropolitan Police Department’s hate crimes unit.

Knapp issued a strong statement in response to the discovery.

“Since its adoption nearly a century ago as the symbol of the Nazi Party, the swastika has acquired an intrinsically anti-Semitic meaning, and therefore the act of posting it in a university residence hall is utterly unacceptable,” wrote President Knapp in message posted on the university website on Monday. “Our entire community should be aware of the swastika’s association with genocide perpetrated against the Jewish people and should be concerned about the extremely harmful effects that displaying this symbol has on individuals and on the climate of our entire university community.”

According to the campus newspaper, this is the second time in three weeks that a swastika was found at the University. Last February, three swastikas were reportedly drawn on the walls of the International House.  That incident is also being investigated as a hate crime, according to the GW Hatchet.

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  • Brain

    This was so clearly, not a hate crime. Nor, was this a hoax or even a “posting.” The student purchased an item being sold in a foreign country on a trip with his fellow Zeta brothers. People are entitled to buy whatever they want. And, in this situation, the student purchased an item (could’ve been anything,) and left it out. Accidentally. He was making no statement of any kind. He was not trying to offend anyone. People should try and put 2 and 2 together and make it equal to 4 before issuing HORRIBLE statements. The student was in a Jewish fraternity. His frat brothers who know him well, should have been on his side. It is truly “appalling,” that Zeta Beta Tau brothers refused to speak up, in defense of this student. He can be accused of..”forgetfulness.” But, not for a “hoax,” or even “posting,” something hateful for any reason at all. It was merely left there. Like, a person may leave his/her socks out, or leave them in an open drawer by accident, forgetting to close it. The university should be ashamed of the behavior of the President, and Fraternity heads. Retract your statements immediately, before you destroy the life of a great kid and even better Jew.