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Colleges Report Antisemitic Attacks on Rosh Hashanah

Jews were targeted with antisemitic attacks on multiple college campuses on Sunday and Monday as Jews around the world celebrated Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish new year.

In University of Michigan, antisemitic flyers were spread around the campus by white supremacist group the Goyim Defense League. One flyer was entitled “Every Single Aspect of the COVID Agenda is Jewish” and listed a large number of health officials who are either Jewish or Shabbat goys that have been influential in fighting the pandemic.

A Shabbat goy is a non-Jew who is sometimes called upon by Jews on Shabbat to do something for them that they cannot do according to the religious rules of Shabbat. The implication on the flyer is that since these people help Jews on Shabbat, they will also help with the “Jewish agenda”.

Another flyer that had been placed in a plastic bag to protect it from the rain implied that Israel controls the world.

The watchdog organization monotoring hatred against the Jewish people, StopAntisemitism, tweeted about the incident, adding it was a new low for the group.

Michigan Rep. Shadia Martini took to Twitter to condemn them – “I am horrified and disgusted to hear that Jewish students at the University of Michigan woke up to find rabidly antisemitic flyers on their porches in Ann Arbor this morning, on the first day of Rosh Hashanah” she wrote.

Martini later tweeted an update, saying the Ann Arbor police had been notified and informed her that the flyers had been placed off-campus but in a residential area that is traditionally populated by students. The police also said they were investigating the incident.

In another attack at Rutgers University, Stop Antisemitism tweeted the Jewish fraternity Alpha Espilon Phi headquarters were vandalized and eggs were thrown at the house once again. It is unclear whether there were students present on Monday as they may have gone to celebrate the holiday with their families.