Second graffiti of a swastika found at Reed as Israel-Hamas protest and backlash roil campus – By Lizzy Acker (The Oregonian/OregonLive) / Nov 20, 2023
Graffiti of a swastika found on the Southeast Portland campus of Reed College last week is the latest turn in ongoing turmoil which has gripped the school since not long after the Israel-Hamas war began in early October.
According to the college’s student newspaper, Quest, this is the second incident of antisemitic graffiti found on campus in recent weeks. In late October, Quest reported that antisemitic graffiti was discovered in a library bathroom, which contained “both a Nazi swastika and the numbers 1488, a combination of two popular white supremacist numeric symbols.”
“Reed College unequivocally condemns these acts of antisemitism and vandalism,” Sheena McFarland, spokesperson for Reed College, said in a statement. “Such symbols have no place on our campus as they undermine our core values and create an atmosphere of fear within our college community. We have removed the graffiti and informed our campus community that we will not tolerate such hateful acts. Campus safety is a top priority, and Reed College continues to work tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and community members.”