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Anti-Semitic acts at Harvard and Northeastern follow other incidents at U.S. campuses

Posted by Your Town  December 1, 2012 08:05 AM

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The anti-Semitic acts at Harvard and Northeastern University this week follow other incidents at campuses recently in the United States.

In October, the Associated Press reported that federal officials were investigating anti-Semitism allegations at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Los Angeles Times said that recent graduates claim university officials fomented a hostile campus climate for Jewish students by failing to curb anti-Israel protests, according to the AP report.

Separately, the AP reported in October that Emory University was apologizing for years of anti-Semitism at its dental school, when dozens of Jewish students were flunked out or forced to repeat courses. The students were left to feel inadequate and ashamed for decades despite successful careers, the AP said. The incidents date back to the 1940's.

In the latest, Boston-area incidents, a menorah in a Northeastern University quad was vandalized and fliers bearing anti-Semitic and other offensive references were distributed in some Harvard College residences Friday.

Two Northeastern students confessed Friday afternoon to damaging the decorative menorah at the Northeastern campus. And Harvard was investigating the fliers on its campus, which advertised a fake ­social club that said no Jews "need not apply.''

Administrators at both schools decried the incidents as acts of intolerance.

“Northeastern’s deep and abiding commitment to diversity in all its forms, including religious diversity, is unwavering,” Joseph E. Aoun, the university’s president, said in a statement about the damage to the menorah, which occurred at about 1 a.m. “This disturbing incident should be an opportunity to strengthen, rather than weaken, our dedication to this deeply important value.”


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