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Golda Meir Library at Wisconsin University Desecrated by Antisemitic Vandals

Someone wrote “Free Palestine” on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Golda Meir Library, named after Israel’s former prime minister, and broke a library window, according to UWM police.

UWM police say two people threw an object through a first-floor window and graffitied the outside walls early Saturday morning. UWM wouldn’t say how the university knows two people are involved. As of Monday afternoon, police haven’t cited or charged anyone. The graffiti was cleaned up Monday morning.

“The library has been a focal point of protests, due to the current conflict in the Middle East and concerns by protesters over the library’s namesake,” said a university spokesperson in a statement to 12 News. “While UWM respects the right of free speech, this is neither speech nor peaceful protest, and UWM will not tolerate vandalism or other illegal acts.”

WISN 12 News spoke to multiple students reacting to the news Sunday.

“People may take it too far, but, I feel like everyone has a right to protest and share their beliefs on campus,” said Faris Saeed, a UWM student.

“I get it, it’s a lot of unnecessary lives being lost, a lot of unnecessary violence. But adding to the unnecessary violence isn’t really going to fix any problems,” said Serenity Griffin, another UWM student.

“It’s pretty extreme because you’re, like, breaking a window you didn’t even pay for or anything,” said student Simeon Murchison.

On Feb. 26, UWM’s chapter of Students for a Democratic Society met with university Chancellor Mark Mone about changing the library’s name. The group claimed Meir mistreated Palestinians when she was Israel’s prime minister. Meir immigrated to Milwaukee from Ukraine in 1906. She attended North Division High School and then UWM.

SDS said in a released statement Sunday that they had nothing to do with the crime.

“UWM also recognizes that the Middle East conflict has left many students and employees experiencing heightened concerns for their safety and well-being, particularly our Jewish, Muslim and Arab American community members,” said the spokesperson. “To be very clear, neither antisemitism nor Islamophobia has any place on our campus or in our community.”

UWM police are increasing patrols in the area. Anyone with information about the Saturday vandalism is asked to contact the UWM Police Department at 414-229-4627.

Source: https://www.wisn.com/article/uw-milwaukees-golda-meir-library-vandalized-with-pro-palestine-graffiti-window-smashed/60223169