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University of Minnesota Condemns, Investigates Latest Anti-Semitic Incident

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February 09, 2017 05:22 PM

The University of Minnesota released a strong statement Thursday condemning the latest anti-Semitic incident at the school.

The school continues to investigate after a message with a swastika and what appeared to be a concentration camp was drawn in the dorm room of a university student.

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The school's Bias Response and Referral Network said in the statement the incident is one of seven reports dating to early December of neo-Nazi propaganda or other anti-Semitic graffiti. 

The BRRN called the growing trend of anti-Semitic messages a "troubling trend," and said the phenomenon is not unique to the school. 

University staff have reached out to the student and the student's family to offer support and referred the case to the school's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.  

University President Eric Kaler tweeted the BRRN statement Tuesday afternoon, adding, "This abhorrent behavior has no place at the U." 

The BRRN said it's been in contact with Minnesota Hillel and Chabad U of M, both of which have released strong statements condemning the act. 

The Hillel statement reads, in part:

"Minnesota Hillel and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas condemn the swastika scrawled on the door of a Jewish student's dorm room... We are deeply concerned about this incident and urge anyone with information about vandalism to come forward and report it to law enforcement."

The BRRN statement finishes with: "Hate is not welcome here. As our new campaign says, 'Our differences drive our greatness. We all belong here.'"

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