Con­cern over Cam­bridge Nazi graf­fiti

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BYDANIELSUGARMAN Var­sity De­nial,

JEWISH STU­DENTS at Cam­bridge Univer­sity have ex­pressed “deep con­cern” af­ter swastika graf­fiti and fliers de­fend­ing Holo­caust de­nier David Irv­ing ap­peared on the cam­pus.

The Nazi sym­bols were f ound daubed on a map of the univer­sity at Je­sus Green, a park just north of Je­sus Col­lege, last week­end.

The fly­ers first ap­peared at the nearby Sidg­wick site last Fri­day, with re­ports of more be­ing seen at Christ’s Col­lege.

They at­tacked the film the account of Irv­ing’s failed li­bel case against Jewish his­to­rian Deb­o­rah Lip­stadt, call­ing it “pro­pa­ganda”.

Speak­ing to the news­pa­per, Cam­bridge Univer­sity Jewish So­ci­ety co-pres­i­dents Adam Goott and Alex Szlezinger said they were “deeply con­cerned by the re­cent es­ca­la­tion in the num­ber of an­ti­semitic in­ci­dents.

“We have al­ready been in touch with the CST [Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust] and the Cam­bridgeshire po­lice have been no­ti­fied.” They planned to hold talks with the stu­dent union and univer­sity of­fi­cials on how best to curb such in­ci­dents.

A spokesper­son for the univer­sity said it had re­ceived “sev­eral re­ports of of­fen­sive and an­ti­semitic ma­te­ri­als be­ing left at univer­sity sites. Fa­cil­i­ties staff were alerted im­me­di­ately and the fly­ers were quickly re­moved.”

Staff were con­duct­ing reg­u­lar sweeps of the univer­sity premises, the spokesper­son said.

A spokes­woman for Cam­bridgeshire po­lice con­firmed that of­fi­cers had asked the city coun­cil to re­move the graf­fiti.

She added that po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the source of the leaflets, which they were treat­ing as a pos­si­ble hate crime.

A spokesper­son for the Union of Jewish stu­dents de­scribed the in­ci­dents “deeply con­cern­ing”.

There were sev­eral re­ports of of­fen­sive ma­te­ri­als ’

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