May 28, 2022

University of North Carolina Police Begin Investigation After Anti-Semitic Posters Found In Davis Library

UPDATED (April 11): Statement from University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks Regarding Anti-Semitic Fliers in Davis Library (via UNC Libraries)
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From The Daily Tar Heel:

University officials have found several anti-Semitic posters on the bookshelves and tables in Davis Library this week, according to an email sent to campus from Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz.

“I am extremely disappointed and appalled that anyone would write these abhorrent messages and direct them toward members of our Jewish community,” the email said. “This behavior conflicts with the University’s long-standing commitment to fostering an environment where all students, faculty and staff can be free from harassment.”

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From The News & Observer

The university did not report what was on the posters. Ari Gauss, executive director of N.C. Hillel, the UNC-based foundation for Jewish college students across the state, said he had seen the posters. He condemned them in a statement on the Hillel’s website.

“We are outraged that vicious anti-Semitic flyers, referring to “an evil Jewish plot,” were placed at Davis Library at UNC Chapel Hill this week, the statement said. “We are disgusted by the vile and hateful rhetoric on these flyers. The language is reminiscent of centuries-old, anti-Semitic rhetoric that incited the murder of thousands of Jews in pogroms throughout Eastern Europe and the murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust. This racist, repulsive language has no place on any campus or in any society.”

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See Also: Full Text of Letter by Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz

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