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‘Kill a Jew’ Spray-Painted on Wall of South African University Building Two Weeks After Kippah-Wearing Student Verbally Assaulted on Campus

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Antisemitic graffiti found at South Africa's Wits University. Photo: SAUJS Countrywide.

Antisemitic graffiti found at South Africa’s Wits University. Photos: SAUJS Countrywide.

Violent antisemitic graffiti was found on Monday at the campus of South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), a mere two weeks after a Jewish student was verbally assaulted by an angry mob of protesters.

According to a statement by the South African Union of Jewish Students Countrywide (SAUJS), “Kill a Jew” and “F*** the Jews” — were spray-painted on a wall of a school building. 

SAUJS “unequivocally” condemned the “hateful, ignorant and offensive” expression of antisemitism.

“SAUJS maintains that every student on campus should be free from intimidation, regardless of their race, religion, gender of self-identification. Jewish students are no exception,” the group said.

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The national Jewish union called on the Wits administration “to condemn this blatant antisemitism in the strongest possible terms.”

The appearance of the graffiti at Wits comes on the heels of an incident last month, in which a kippah-wearing student was called, among other epithets, a “Motherf***ing Jew” by fellow students during a campus protest.

SAUJS said, “This kind of hate speech…unfortunately is not new to Wits University.”

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