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USC Investigates Swastika Drawn on Outskirts of Campus

USC Investigates Swastika Drawn on Outskirts of Campus

People walk on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on March 21, 2024. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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City News Service

5/1/2024

Updated: 5/1/2024

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LOS ANGELES—Amid continuing pro-Palestinian protests, USC officials April 30 were investigating the discovery of a swastika that was drawn on the outskirts of campus.
USC President Carol Folt issued a statement on X, saying, “I’ve just been made aware of a swastika drawn on our campus. I condemn any antisemitic symbols or any form of hate speech against anyone. Clearly, it was drawn there just to incite even more anger at a time that is so painful for our community. We’re going to work to get to the bottom of this immediately, and it has just been removed.”
According to a statement from USC Hillel, the swastika was drawn on a fencepost on Exposition Boulevard, near the Expo/Vermont Metro station.
“To see this unambiguous symbol of Jew hatred on our campus is deeply distressing,” according to USC Hillel. “There is no place for such hostility and hate at USC.
“USC Hillel is committed to the safety and well-being of every Jewish student and to working with our university leadership to ensure that our campus can remain a thriving environment for all. We expect our administration to demonstrate moral clarity and leadership, to condemn this overt act of antisemitism and to directly address hatred on our campus wherever it manifests.”
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