Multiple posters containing a swastika were found throughout Arizona State University’s (ASU) campus on Nov. 4.
The flyers state “Love Not Hate” with a swastika replacing “o” in “love” and a Jewish Star of David replacing the “a” in “hate.” The university said in a statement to the Arizona Republic,
“Ensuring the safety and security of our students is our top priority, and the university undertakes extensive efforts to ensure student safety is not compromised. ASU is a place where open debate can thrive and honest disagreements can be explored, but not when hateful rhetoric is used. That is not who we are.”’
Anti-Defamation League Arizona tweeted that they are “very concerned” over the flyers.
“Use of this hate symbol is not normal,” they wrote. “We condemn its use to promote hate & divisiveness. We are in contact with law enforcement to find out more.”
We are very concerned by placing of fliers on the @ASU campus with a swastika over the weekend. Use of this hate symbol is not normal. We condemn its use to promote hate & divisiveness. We are in contact with law enforcement to find out more. #NoPlaceForHate pic.twitter.com/wHxdhavS8H
— ADL Arizona (@ADLArizona) November 4, 2019
Hillel Jewish Student Center at ASU wrote in a Nov. 5 Facebook post that the posters “trivialize one of the darkest periods in history in which more than six million Jews were killed. Like you, we believe this message has no place on our campus. We are proud to work with you to make Jewish life on campus stronger every day, and an isolated incident such as this one will not deter us.”
They added that they are working with ADL Arizona, the campus Chabad and university police on the matter.
To ASU students: We are deeply concerned about the recent anti-Semitic fliers posted around campus, some depicting…
ADL Arizona Regional Director Carlos Galindro-Evira told Fox 10 Phoenix that most recent anti-Semitic incidents have been “mostly vandalism and harassment, however, we do not want to see an incident that involves violence, so that is why we have been reaching out to law-enforcement and Jewish student organizations.”