Flyers scrawled with the title “Zionists F*** off. Save Sheikh Jarrah. Free Palestine” were spotted throughout the George Washington University campus on Friday, just one day before Sukkot.
MORE vile antisemitism at George Washington U – “Zionists F*ck Off” flyers are being spotted throughout the campus
— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) October 7, 2022
In the latest incident of anti-Zionism at US college campuses, the flyers seen on the campus were taken down by GWU’s administration, and Gil Preuss, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s CEO immediately condemned the act, saying, “The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is appalled by the antisemitic flyers found on George Washington University’s campus this week. This hateful language is extremely harmful to GW’s Jewish students and the Jewish community at large, particularly on the heels of Yom Kippur and the upcoming holiday of Sukkot.”
The organization also stated that they’re in “close contact with [their] security team and our partners at GWU Hillel to keep [their] community safe.”
In response, StopAntisemitism criticized the university tweeting: “GW – rated amongst the bottom of schools perceived safe for Jewish students in our new report – claims incidents like these are ‘handled.’” The organization also created a Twitter thread – which can be seen below – documenting antisemitic incidences at the university campus over the past few years.
After facing condemnation, university president Mark S. Wrighton said, “We acknowledge the hurt and harm felt by many members of the Jewish community, particularly given this occurred following Yom Kippur,” said “GW strongly condemns antisemitism and all forms of hatred, discrimination, and bias. We are committed to encouraging respectful and civil discourse and fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. We will continue to work together with students, faculty, and staff in striving for this environment each day.”