Dear Friends of Hillel, This morning graffiti was found on front of the UMass Hillel House. The word "Palestine" was written in Arabic in large red spray-painted graffiti. We are in communication with the Amherst Police Department, UMass and organizational partners, and will provide further information as it becomes available.
This cowardly act of hatred towards the Jewish community amidst a time of global crisis and on Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Remembrance Day, is reprehensible. Our UMass Jewish community is resilient and strong, and in the face of this hate we will only deepen our commitment to empowering students to build vibrant community based on values of love, respect, justice and peace.