Wits con­demns anti-Jewish graffiti on cam­pus

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DUR­BAN — The Univer­sity of the Wit­wa­ter­srand yes­ter­day con­demned of­fen­sive graffiti found sprayed on two walls at the in­sti­tu­tion, say­ing it went against the in­sti­tu­tion’s val­ues.

This after pic­tures of the grafitti read­ing “Kill a Jew” and “Fuck the Jews” be­gan cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day.

Wits spokesper­son Shi­rona Pa­tel said the of­fen­sive mes­sages had since been re­moved.

“The univer­sity con­demns the of­fen­sive mes­sages be­ing prop­a­gated and we deeply re­gret the in­sult that it may cause to mem­bers of the Wits com­mu­nity.”

Pa­tel said the graffiti went against the univer­sity’s val­ues of tol­er­ance and re­spect and the be­hav­iour that was ex­pected from mem­bers of the Wits com­mu­nity.

“We strongly urge the per­pe­tra­tors to de­sist from this of­fen­sive and hurt­ful be­hav­iour. Should we iden­tify any of the per­pe­tra­tors, they will be held ac­count­able for their ac­tions. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should re­port it to cam­pus con­trol,” said Pa­tel.

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies, in a Face­book post, said the anti-Semitic graffiti that ap­peared on the walls of Solomon Mahlangu House yes­ter­day [Mon­day] was in­dica­tive of the ugly racism that had un­for­tu­nately sur­faced dur­ing the stu­dent protests.

“We note that this fol­lows a Jewish stu­dent be­ing called a ‘Mother-f***ing Jew’ on [a] Wits cam­pus a cou­ple of weeks ago.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion said the dean of stu­dents had con­firmed that the graffiti had been re­moved and that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der­way.

“Hate-filled graffiti like this has no place in our coun­try and must be con­demned in the strong­est pos­si­ble terms. We call on the univer­sity com­mu­nity, re­gard­less of their views on Fees Must Fall, to dis­so­ci­ate them­selves from such hate­ful rhetoric against their fel­low South Africans.

“Le­git­i­mate causes like the stu­dent protest must not be al­lowed to be sul­lied by hate and threats of this na­ture,” the or­gan­i­sa­tion said. — Sapa

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