Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Editorial: Anti-Semitism from Kansas to Europe

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Editorial: Anti-Semitism from Kansas to Europe

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Last April, an anti-Semitic poster was discovered on Kansas State University's campus. It was put up just in time for Holocaust Remembrance Day - a grotesque act of intimidation that demonstrated the need for the holiday in the first place, according to K-State professor and Hillel adviser Greg Newmark. On Friday, a vandal committed what appears to be another anti-Semitic act on campus. A religious structure that was erected to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot was torn out of the ground and dumped on a car in a nearby parking lot.

During the week of Sukkot, which began on Oct. 4 and lasts until Oct. 11, Jews eat meals in a temporary structure called a sukkah. K-State graduate student Glen Buickerood worked with the school's Hillel chapter to erect the sukkah, and he's the one who discovered it had been destroyed. Moreover, his car was the one damaged by the dismantled remnants of the structure. As he put it in a report to administrators: "The sukkah had been ripped from the ground, taken across the lawn, carried under the trees, and wrapped around my car."

It's difficult to believe this was anything other than an act of anti-Semitic vandalism. As Newmark explained, it was "certainly anti-Semitic in effect, and given the sign on the sukkah, the vandals could have had no doubt about who would be harmed by their actions." It's also suggestive that the sukkah was discarded on Buickerood's car - although he doesn't identify as Jewish, Newmark thinks he may have been targeted for promoting diversity.

The incidents at K-State shouldn't be divorced from the larger context of anti-Semitism in the U.S. and around the world. One particularly ugly episode was the white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Va., where neo-Nazis chanted slogans like "blood and soil" and "the Jews will not replace us." They also held up signs emblazoned with swastikas, Hitler quotations and other anti-Semitic messages. …

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