ADL and Hillel Express Grave Concern After Anti-Semitic Incidents Increase on University of Colorado-Boulder Campus
September 23, 2002 - Denver - The Anti-Defamation League and Hillel Council of Colorado express grave concern about rising anti-Semitism on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus and call upon University officials to take immediate steps to assure the safety of Jewish students.
Bruce DeBoskey, Regional Director of the Mountain States Office of the Anti-Defamation League, stated: "The anti-Semitic events which surfaced on the Boulder campus last spring- e.g., 'zionazis' scrawled upon the sidewalk' - have only escalated in this new school year. Within the last two weeks, Jewish students have been faced with angry and threatening crowds yelling "Nazis" as they held a peace vigil outside of the anti-Israel presentation by Hanan Ashrawi-, vandalism - spray painting 'Jews rot in Hell' on a Jewish fraternity house -, and now, swastikas written in a Sukkah built on the campus. The swastikas in the Sukkah, a temporary shelter built to celebrate the Jewish Harvest Festival of Sukkot, reflect unacceptable and growing anti-Semitism and hatred being expressed against Jews on the campus."
Pat Blumenthal, Hillel Statewide Coordinator expressed concern "for the safety and emotional well-being of the many Jewish students attending the school. There is an increasing atmosphere of fear and intimidation on the campus. What's frightening is that we've been seeing the rise of anti-Semitism again, and there are so few people willing to stand up and say anything."
Both the ADL and Hillel leaders call upon President Elizabeth Hoffman and Chancellor Richard Byyny to take a leadership role in speaking out against anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds and in taking affirmative steps to make the campus a safe and respectful environment for all students. In addition, the ADL and Hillel urge the Boulder law enforcement community to aggressively investigate and prosecute the responsible individuals under Colorado's Hate Crimes statute. Both Jewish leaders decried that criticism of Israel has increasingly crossed the line into anti-Semitism, and demanded the University Administration unequivocally declare its unwillingness to tolerate any incidents of bias-motivated crime or intimidation on the Boulder campus.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.