‘For the Many Not the Jew’ Graffiti Found at California State University, Fullerton
Graffiti reading “for the many not the jew” was found at the California State University, Fullerton, campus on Tuesday.
The message was written in black marker on an electric utility box outside the university’s College Park building, according to photos shared online. It was denounced as antisemitic by social media users as well as the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism, an Israel-based monitoring organization.
A university spokesperson told The Algemeiner that the graffiti — which was removed Tuesday afternoon — “was immediately reported to the university police as well as senior leadership.” An investigation is ongoing.
CSUF President Fram Virjee condemned the vandalism in a statement, saying it “was not only offensive, hurtful, and abhorrent, it was an affront to everything that we, as an inclusive, welcoming, and diverse campus community, stand for.”
“[Our] stance is clear: we will not tolerate these kinds of hateful, criminal acts in or around our campus community,” he added.
The slogan appears to invoke the motto of the British Labour Party, “For the many, not the few.” Both the party and its far-left leader Jeremy Corbyn, have been accused of fostering antisemitism by leaders of the UK Jewish community.
Isaiah Kuli Nieto-Goldman, president of CSUF’s Hillel club, told the student-run Daily Titan that the vandalism shook Jewish students on campus.
“For me, it doesn’t matter if it comes from a fellow student or somebody on the outside,” Nieto-Goldman said. “The fact that it’s that close to me and it’s still showing up in places that I need to be in … it shows that it’s close enough.”
Late last month, after CSUF students and others held a vigil in honor of the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, Beth Jacob synagogue in nearby Irvine was defaced with the words, “F*ck Jews.”
According to recently-released FBI statistics, antisemitic attacks rose by 37 percent in 2017, accounting for more than 58 percent of all hate crimes motivated by religious bias. Other groups targeted last year included Muslims, who faced nearly 19 percent of religious bias attacks, and Catholics, at more than 4 percent.