A sequence of anti-Semitic incidents at Royal Holloway, University of London has led to 2 arrests and a police investigation.
In one occasion, a poster that includes a swastika instead of the Star of David on the flag of Israel was posted outdoors the college library.
A 21-year-old man from Egham and a 19-year-old lady from Englefield Green have been arrested, a Surrey Police spokesperson confirmed. Both have been launched on bail whereas an investigation continues.
The spokesperson added there have been “plenty of studies of hate crime” on the college at present being investigated.
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Posting to a Facebook group for Royal Holloway college students, a lady who got here throughout one of many posters branded the pictures “disgusting”.
She mentioned: “Whichever n***e thought it was okay to place the Nazi swastika on our library terrace, f**ok you.
“I’ve taken your sh***y little signal down that was very neatly taped. You don’t have any place at this college and I hope you get kicked out.”
A spokesperson for the college branded the behaviour “unacceptable” and mentioned it “is not going to hesitate to make use of the complete vary of sanctions out there” in disciplinary procedures.
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The college’s Jewish society mentioned the incident “can’t be tolerated” and urged the college to “take a stand in opposition to such vicious prejudice.
In a press release posted on their Instagram web page they added: “Opposition to the Israeli authorities’s actions doesn’t justify these acts of bigotry, simply as Islamist violence doesn’t justify Islamaphobic bigotry.
“Royal Holloway has garnered a popularity of being a liberal, various and welcoming college, but these photos and experiences make Jewish college students really feel an increasing number of as if that doesn’t apply to them.”
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A spokesperson for Surrey Police mentioned: “A 21-year-old man from Egham and a 19-year-old lady from Englefield Green had been arrested final night time on suspicion of offences opposite to part 18 of the Public Order Act.
“They had been each issued with police bail earlier this night (19 May) whereas our investigation continues.
“This pertains to plenty of studies of hate crime at Royal Holloway University. We are working intently with the college as our investigation progresses.”
Jon Howden-Evans, Director of Student and Support Services at Royal Holloway, mentioned: “Within our group at Royal Holloway, we search to uphold ideas of respect for people.
“Our college has an abhorrence of violence, discrimination and harassment and we consider that all of us have a task to play in sustaining a peaceable, respectful, inclusive and welcoming group, on and off-campus.
“We witnessed unacceptable behaviour on our campus and on-line final weekend which we reported to the Police who’ve now taken motion and arrests have been made.
“We are additionally following our personal disciplinary procedures and won’t hesitate to make use of the complete vary of sanctions out there to us.
“We have inspired any member of our group who feels involved about their wellbeing, or are involved for another person, to contact our scholar or workers welfare groups by way of [email protected]”