Students at Durham University in North East England discovered anti-Semitic graffiti on their doors over the weekend, The Jewish Chronicle reported on Monday.
According to the report, swastikas and upside-down crosses were drawn on the outside of their student accommodations, along with other anti-Semitic symbols, profanity and words such as “Auschwitz” on the walls.
After the targeted students complained to police and the student council, Durham University Jewish Society President Simon Zeffert said he would be “swiftly” reporting the anti-Semitic graffiti to the Community Security Trust, a British charity that deals with security for the Jewish community, the Jewish Chronicle said.
“It’s deeply disturbing to see these disgusting symbols being graffitied in Durham,” Zeffert said. “It doesn’t just affect Jewish people, it’s hostile to all students.”
Rebecca Sharkey, a fourth-year student at Hatfield College, part of Durham University, and a resident of one of the homes vandalized, said this was not her first encounter with anti-Semitic graffiti.
“There was a swastika on the door when we first moved in, but it was faded as the estate agent tried to scrub it off,” she said. “They finally painted over it during the Easter break but obviously someone has come back and painted it on. It worries me because it’s only on a few doors so it looks as though we have been targeted by someone.”
Anthropology major Kitty Briggs added, “This is the second time that we’ve been vandalised… We’re not sure who it is or why our houses are targeted, but knowing that someone who would spread symbols of hate like that was so close to being in our house is a bit scary, and our house in particular always seems to be different.”