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Swastika Discovered Outside Jewish Building at Michigan University

 Disturbing antisemitic graffiti was left at University of Michigan’s Hillel building in Ann Arbor this week.

The Jewish organization said students found two benches in front of the building defaced with a Star of David, an equals sign, and a swastika.

“It’s extremely upsetting,” said Jack Landstein with Michigan Hillel’s student government. “It really, it just hurts – I  mean hate anywhere shouldn’t exist on a campus, especially here at the University of Michigan.”

The hateful graffiti has since been covered up.

According to Michigan Hillel, the incident comes one day after similar graffiti was found on a flier posted to a telephone pole next to the building.

“It kind of says we don’t want Jews here, which is really upsetting,” Landstein said. “It’s not what we stand for, and we would never wish that upon anybody else.”

Police are investigating both incidents. 

Student leaders said tensions have been high as the war in Gaza continues; anti-Israel acts have increased.

“Jewish students go to class and there can be fliers up and some of them can be unsettling,” said Rabbi Asher Lopatin, the director of community relations for the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor “Every once in a while, there are some chants that don’t make students feel good. … There are moments when they feel uncomfortable, or even unsafe, which is intolerable. But they are strong, and we’re being inspired by the students to be strong as well.”

Lopatin said there is ongoing communication with U-M and law enforcement to handle these cases.