A mural at Duke University dedicated on Sunday to the victims of the deadly synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh was painted over with a swastika, Duke President Vincent Price said in a letter to the university community.
“I write you this morning with a deep sense of frustration and sorrow: last night, a tribute on the East Campus Bridge to the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre was defaced by a large, red swastika,” Price said in the letter. “That such a craven and cowardly act of vandalism – a desecration of a memorial to individuals who were killed because they were Jewish and practicing their faith – should happen anywhere is extremely distressing. That it should occur in such a visible, public location at Duke should be a matter of grave concern to us all.”
“As an immediate response, we will continue to provide additional security at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life and other locations on campus, he added. “In addition, we will be installing security cameras in the vicinity of the East Campus Bridge, which has unfortunately become a focus of attention for those who seek to promote hatred and intimidation.”
Olivia Levine, a student at Duke University, posted an image of the vandalism on her Facebook page.
Anti-Defamation League chief executive and director, Jonathan Greenblatt, said last month that his organization had seen a 57 percent increase in acts of harassment, vandalism and violence directed at the Jewish community in 2017.