Rutgers intensify security patrols after anti-Semitic attacks on AEPi fraternity house

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (WABC) – Rutgers are sharpening security patrols amid reports of anti-Semitic attacks on a fraternity.

Officials say members of Rutger’s Jewish community have been hit by repeated anti-Semitic attacks in recent days.

The first took place on Friday, as protesters leaving a Students for Justice in Palestine rally traveled to the AEPi House, harassing its brothers, shouting anti-Semitic rhetoric and spitting in their direction.

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So on Monday night, the AEPi house was again targeted when eggs were discovered to have been thrown at the house while brothers read the names of the Holocaust victims overnight in memory of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day.

This is the second year that eggs were thrown at the house during the program.

“There is no room for this type of targeted hatred on our campus, and Rutgers Hillel strongly condemns these anti-Semitic acts,” university officials said in a statement. “The direct targeting of members of our Jewish community goes against everything our campus community stands for and is unacceptable, especially during a program that remembers the horrific impact anti-Jewish hatred can have.”

Chancellor-Provost Francine Conway issued a statement on the incident confirming that targeting students because of their Jewish identity is incorrect and the university’s willingness to address these issues systemically.

“We understand and are sensitive to the concerns of those who were targeted, and we stand by our Jewish students, faculty, and staff,” she wrote. “Harassment based on religious beliefs, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or for any reason is contrary to our values ​​at Rutgers University.”

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The University will increase security patrols in and around the targeted building and provide counseling and support to students experiencing trauma or other effects of these actions.

The investigation into the incidents is ongoing.

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