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FBI probes Emory graffiti incident

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FBI probes Emory graffiti incident

Matheson Reading Room at Emory University. Source: Wikimedia commons
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Matheson Reading Room at Emory University. Source: Wikimedia commons

Matheson Reading Room at Emory University. Source: Wikimedia commons

The defacing of a Jewish fraternity house with antisemitic graffiti has gotten the FBI’s attention.

Emory University announced today that the FBI has launched a federal civil rights investigation into the Oct. 5 incident.

Someone spray-painted the Alpha Epsilon Pi  house with graffiti, including swastikas, on the morning of Oct. 5, a day after the end of Yom Kippur. Alpha Epsilon Pi is an historically Jewish fraternity.

The FBI joined the investigation at the request of the university’s police department.

“The Emory Police requested assistance from the FBI soon after Emory began its investigation and will continue to work in partnership with the FBI throughout the investigation,” a statement from the university says. “The Emory community has condemned this abhorrent act, which does not reflect the values of the university. University religious leaders and Campus Life officials continue to provide support to the affected students and the entire community.”

The university is encouraging anyone with information to contact the FBI’s Atlanta Division at 404-679-9000.

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