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February 7, 2017 10:09 am

Jewish Student Leaders at UK’s Cambridge U ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Swastika, Holocaust Denial Fliers on Campus

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Fliers denying the Holocaust found on the Cambridge University campus. Photo: Edward Anderson/ Twitter.

Fliers denying the Holocaust found on the Cambridge University campus. Photo: Edward Anderson/ Twitter.

The heads of the Jewish Society of Britain’s Cambridge University (CUJS) expressed “deep concern” over the spike in antisemitism on their campus, the student newspaper The Varsity reported on Sunday.

CUJS co-presidents Adam Goott and Alex Szlezinger were responding to two recent events in particular: the discovery on Saturday of two swastikas on a campus map, and fliers supporting infamous Holocaust deniers placed Thursday on the windshields of student- and faculty-owned vehicles.

Goott and Szlezinger told Varsity that the CUJS has “already been in touch with the CST [Community Security Trust, a charity set up to protect British Jews from antisemitism] and the Cambridgeshire Police have been notified. We also plan to meet with CUSU and the University, to discuss the best possible ways to put an end to these offensive incidents.” 

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The events in question come at a precarious time for British-Jewish students in general, and for those at Cambridge in particular, of late. As The Algemeiner reported, the school’s student paper recently published an opinion piece about Jared Kushner — US President Donald Trump’s Jewish son-in-law and senior adviser — which “explicitly contains antisemitic rhetoric.”

In December, as The Algemeiner reported, three kippah-wearing students were verbally and physically assaulted by members of Cambridge sporting societies, after they accidentally walked into a private party. The students, one of whom was physically assaulted, were greeted with slurs, such as: “f***ing Jews, you don’t belong here,” “dirty Jews” and “f*** off darkie.” 

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