Swastikas spray-painted inside one of Vanderbilt University’s Jewish fraternity houses drew swift condemnation on and off campus this week, but some Jewish advocates say the crime is indicative of a troubling national trend, the Tennessean reports.
Students discovered the graffiti early Saturday morning after a party at the Alpha Epsilon Pi house on Vanderbilt Place, according to the university. Two swastikas were painted in the elevator, and a third was found on the basement door.
Andrew Borans, the executive director of AEPi International, connected the incident to a “rising tide of anti-Semitism.”
He wrote that the upward trend “is very real and is undoubtedly connected to organized and concerted anti-Israel activities on college campuses.”
Allegations of anti-Semitism have been climbing at colleges across the country, according to a report released last month by Trinity College in Connecticut. More than half of Jewish college students surveyed in the report said they had witnessed or fallen victim to anti-Semitism on their campuses.