After a summer that revived nazism as a national concern, anti-semitic vandalism in two underclassmen dorms shocked the Georgetown community.
September 20th, just one night before the Jewish Holiday Rosh Hashanah, the Georgetown University Police Department were forced to respond to a report of a swastika found painted inside the stall of a women’s restroom in the LXR residence hall.
On Sept. 6, 2017, Georgetown University reeled from a series of bias related incidents in two underclassmen dorms. A Village C Elevator was discovered to have a Swastika carved into it, prompting an investigation by the GUPD. The next day, two more Swastikas were found graffitied on the inside of an LXR elevator.
Last May, anti-Semitic graffiti was found in the public restroom adjacent to the Makom Jewish Gathering Space, located in the north-side of the Leavey Center.
In line with its strong stance against all forms of discrimination on campus, Georgetown University responded harshly. The administration reprimanded both recent acts of racist vandalism, as well as the one that occurred last year, in emails to the entire Georgetown community echoing a message of acceptance and diversity.
“As a community, we condemn all acts of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and any form of hate. These acts are antithetical to our values as a Catholic and Jesuit university and our commitment to be inclusive and welcoming to people of all faiths and racial and ethnic backgrounds.”
Many students and student organizations also shared their disgust with this unfortunate event. The Jewish Student Association (JSA) expressed their view through a Facebook post addressed to the Georgetown Community.
“We utterly stand against this type of hatred everywhere, but especially on our beloved campus and in our community,” read the post.
Their sentiments were also echoed by Georgetown Israel Alliance, a pro-Israel group on campus — though not explicitly Jewish — that supported the JSA in their remarks about the discriminatory incidents.
“We condemn this hateful action and stand with the Georgetown Jewish community,” said a representative from the Alliance.
Georgetown Police Department requests that anyone with information relevant to this crime come forward. GUPD has increased patrols in the areas surrounding residence halls, but it remains to be seen how this patrolling with deter bias related vandalism.