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Swastika Found at Georgetown University on Rosh Hashanah Eve, Third in Recent Weeks

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Swastikas discovered in an elevator at Georgetown University’s LXR Hall in September. Photo: Georgetown University Police Department.

The president of Georgetown University in Washington, DC has called on his community to reject antisemitism and other forms of hatred after a swastika was found on campus on the eve of Rosh Hashana, the third such incident in recent weeks.

The painted symbol, which President John DeGioia described as “an abhorrent act of anti-Semitism,” was discovered in a women’s restroom at the LXR Hall dorm on Wednesday, alongside violent and misogynistic language.

“There is never a time or place for these acts, and this incident is even more disturbing during Rosh Hashanah,” DeGioia wrote. “We stand in solidarity with our Jewish community and strongly condemn this act of hate, anti-Semitism, and sexism.”

Earlier this month, two red swastikas were discovered in an elevator at LXR Hall. A swastika was found in another elevator at the Village C West residence a day before.

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