Jewish students at a Florida University returned to their dorm rooms to find eviction notices posted, reports the Florida Jewish Journal.
The fake notices were an attempt by the Students for Justice in Palestine to draw attention to the Israeli “occupation of Palestine.” Over 200 notices were posted in three separate dormitories.
“Some students who didn’t read the document believed they were really being evicted,” said an affected sophomore from Memphis, Tennessee.
“We’re taking it very seriously,” she continued. “We’re considering it a hate crime. The flier promotes hate; it doesn’t promote peace. People were scared by it. People felt threatened by it.”
Scott Brockman, the Executive Director of Hillel at the Florida Atlantic University (FAU), issued a statement in which he noted, “while protecting and ensuring free speech on campus, the tactic used by Students for Justice in Palestine is unacceptable.”
Calling the act a “clear violation of University guidelines,” he went on to state that the act, “does not promote civil discourse on campus but provokes, incites and intimidates… compromis[ing] the university’s own value to ‘create and maintain a clean and safe and secure environment in which students live and learn.’”
Andrew Rosenkranz, director of the Anti-Defamation League in Florida, said he was, pleased, “the University is taking the matter very seriously and will open an investigation. Nobody wants to come back to the dorm and see a fake eviction notice nailed to their door. The university needs to create and maintain an atmosphere where people feel they are in a safe learning environment.”
This is not the first act of anti-Semitism on the FAU campus. The ADL has been monitoring the actions of the Students for Justice in Palestine, who have held a number of anti-Israel rallies, though the ADL notes none were well attended.