BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) – On Saturday, March 18, as the Jewish Sabbath was being celebrated, over 100 leaflets with hand drawn swastikas were found scattered over the front yard of the Chabad Jewish Student center at Wall Street. A report was filed with the Blacksburg Police Department.
Rabbi Zvi Yaakov Zweibel, Co-Director of the Chabad Librescu Jewish Student Center at Virginia Tech University released the following statement:
“This disgusting act of hate occurred just one day after we announced that Chabad was hosting renowned holocaust survivor Rabbi Nissen Mangel, for a lecture at Virginia Tech in April. This incident is all the more surprising seeing as it is the first such act since Chabad on Campus at Virginia Tech was opened more than eight years ago.”
Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands, tweeted a message in response to the incident “@jsu_vt #Hokies stand with you. The propagators of hate may be among us, but they are not welcome in our community.”
According to the Jewish Student Union a rally is scheduled for Monday at 5:30pm in GLC Plaza to show support of the Virginia Tech Jewish community as a response to recent anti-Semitic activity. All members of the Virginia Tech community are encouraged to attend.