Following a group’s projection of a Swastika picture on a dorm, police presence on the UW-Whitewater campus intensified

Following the projection of a swastika picture on a student residence, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has stepped up police presence on campus. The event occurred on Sunday at 5:40 p.m., one day before the start of the spring semester. According to experts, there has been a sharp rise in antisemitic occurrences in the US in the months following Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7 and the ongoing crisis in Gaza. According to a news statement from the school’s chancellor, Corey A. King, four people were seen by police yelling “racist words, lighting what appeared to be road flares and displaying antisemitic symbols” outside a dorm on campus.

 

A swastika has been projected onto the side of the Knilans residential hall in a picture that has been shared on social media. King stated in the message that the group had departed the area before the cops arrived. The university has “no reason to believe there is any current threat to safety on campus,” according to the chancellor, but out of “an abundance of caution,” the police presence has increased. Hours before the incident, Toni Pharm, a mother who dropped her daughter off at the dorm, told CNN affiliate CBS 58 that she had received a “alarming message” from her daughter and had phoned campus police.

 

According to a news release earlier this month from the Anti-Defamation League, antisemitic occurrences in the US “skyrocketed” in the three months following the October 7 attack by Hamas, reaching 3,291 incidents by January 7. According to the ADL, this figure indicated an almost 360% rise in antisemitic incidents that were reported in comparison to the same period last year. According to the ADL, there were over 1,300 antisemitic demonstrations, over 1,300 instances of verbal or written harassment, over 550 instances of vandalism, and 56 instances of physical assault among the reported occurrences. It’s unknown if rallies were recorded the previous year.

 

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