Boston University Hillel is the newest native Jewish constructing to get vandalized amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, as police examine who wrote “Free Palestine” on a BU Hillel window this week.
The BU Hillel neighborhood has been left “shaken and disheartened” following the potential hate crime on the Jewish campus group’s facility on Bay State Road, Hillel leaders wrote in an e mail on Thursday.
Boston University Police responded to the Hillel constructing Tuesday night, the place they discovered “Free Palestine” written on a window, in line with the college’s web site BU Today. The “Free Palestine” writing coated a blue and white “We Stand with Israel” signal contained in the window.
“As BU Today reported today, an act of antisemitic vandalism occurred on the BU Hillel building this past week, leaving our community shaken and disheartened,” BU Hillel leaders wrote to the neighborhood on Thursday.
“We are grateful for the swift response from BU, BU Police, and the Suffolk County District Attorney,” the leaders added. “This horrific act is being investigated as a religious hate crime.”
Antisemitic graffiti incidents have spiked across the area because the Hamas terrorist assaults in Israel on Oct. 7.
Last week, WBZ-TV CBS Boston was coated in blood-red paint, as taggers wrote “Free Palestine” on the Allston headquarters. The blood-red paint was all around the CBS Boston firm signal on Soldiers Field Road, together with purple paint overlaying the entrance wall of the WBZ headquarters. The phrases “Free Palestine” have been painted in black on the property.
Boston Police have been making an attempt to determine who was accountable for that vandalism at CBS Boston, and now native police need to catch the person who tagged the BU Hillel constructing.
“This defacement was a targeted act and we will work closely with Boston University police to identify, arrest and prosecute the person responsible,” a spokesperson for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office mentioned in an announcement.
“Our message is clear: hate crimes in any form are intolerable and anyone charged with committing them will pay the consequences,” the Suffolk DA spokesperson added.
The BU Hillel leaders famous that Jews are lower than 2% of the inhabitants within the U.S., and that assaults in opposition to Jews represented 50% of spiritual hate crimes earlier than Hamas’ terrorist assaults. Since Oct. 7, assaults in opposition to Jews have quadrupled.
“Many of our Jewish students are nervous and scared for their physical safety,” the Hillel leaders wrote. “Numerous students have been victims of antisemitic language, social media bullying, singling out in the classroom and in student groups, and being ostracized socially… While so many students feel alone, BU Hillel is steadfast in our support for our Jewish students and in support of Israel.”