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  • February 15, 2017 – Rice University Jewish Student (Stephanie) “On Friday Feb. 3 I was walking back home with my friends when I came across Willy’s Statue with a swastika and the word “Trump” scrawled along its back…Not once have I experienced any form of anti-Semitism on this campus. But on that night, looking at Willy’s Statue, I realized that all of a sudden hate and ignorance towards my heritage, race and religion had arrived in my home of three and a half years. The writing may have been impermanent, but the weight of this symbol cuts deeper than any chalk on stone. A swastika symbolizes blind hatred towards my entire race and religion. It symbolizes the genocide of 6 million of my people. It symbolizes those that murdered so much of my family, forcing my grandmother to crawl out of the darkest parts of hell to find a way to live again.” Read more

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    Classification Date-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL 2/3/17 – A swastika and the word “Trump” were scrawled in chalk on a statue commemorating the founder of the University.
    2/26/15 – Members of the student group Rice Left staged a walkout and disrupted a talk by Israeli soldiers sponsored by Houston Hillel.


    In the News ?

    February 15, 2017:
    The Rice Thresher – Hate crime at Rice unacceptable

    February 6, 2017:
    Albuquerque Journal – ‘We will not let hate win’: New Yorkers erase subway swastikas with hand sanitizer
    (Description note, “Also this weekend, the word “TRUMP” was scrawled in chalk above a swastika on a statue commemorating the founder of Rice University in Houston, reported the Houston Chronicle. It’s the third vandalism case in a month at Rice, where “Trump 2016″ and “Aloha!” was written on the university’s piece of the Berlin Wall and where racist recruitment posters were left by a white supremacist group called American Vanguard, according to the Chronicle.”)

    December 22, 2013: Legal Insurrection – University statements rejecting academic boycott of Israel


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