May 4, 2021
Contact: Avi D. Gordon, Executive Director Alums for Campus Fairness
917-512-4585, [email protected]
Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF-Tufts) is outraged and appalled by the recent antisemitic incident at Tufts, in which a large swastika was painted on the Bello Field shed.
ACF condemns this blatant show of antisemitism at Tufts in the strongest possible terms. According to FBI hate crimes statistics, more than half of all hate crimes with a religious bias are directed at Jews. We call on Tufts and the Tufts University Police Department to act swiftly to protect Jewish students and ensure that targeted discrimination of the Jewish community will not be tolerated.
We thank President Monaco for his statement that antisemitic incidents are “unacceptable and violate what we stand for as a community.” Recognition and acceptance of antisemitism is the first step towards successfully combating antisemitism.
We also stand in solidarity against anti-Asian racism and with the students who were verbally assaulted with hateful anti-Asian rhetoric by the occupants of a passing vehicle while walking on Professors Row. Bigotry and hate do not belong at Tufts and ACF-Tufts will continue to combat it at every turn.
In this time, we support Tufts Hillel and the Jewish community as they face this recent wave of campus antisemitism head on. We ask that our supporters reach out to Tufts Hillel and show their support.
About ACF: Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) is America’s unified alumni voice on issues of antisemitism, demonization of Israel, and bigotry. With over forty chapters, ACF positions thousands of alumni on the front lines of key issues at their alma maters and works to ensure that universities remain pillars of open dialogue and equal opportunity for all students. For more information, please visit www.campusfairness.org.