Serving the GW Community since 1904

The GW Hatchet

AN INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER SERVING THE GW COMMUNITY SINCE 1904

The GW Hatchet

Serving the GW Community since 1904

The GW Hatchet

NEWSLETTER
Sign up for our twice-weekly newsletter!

PAUL closes in Western Market
By Ella Mitchell, Staff Writer • April 22, 2024

GW College Democrats, Republicans condemn vandalism in joint statement

GW College Democrats and GW College Republicans released a joint statement Monday afternoon condemning the desecration of the Torah scroll at the Tau Kappa Epsilon townhouse.

The statement said antisemitism is a recurring issue at the University and urged GW’s administrators to find and hold accountable the perpetrators of the vandalism.

“The issue of antisemitism has been repetitive and prominent on this campus, so it is important that we take a strong stance against it,” the message read. “It is past time for GW’s administration to hold anti-semites accountable for their actions.”

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the incident as a suspected hate crime. University President Thomas LeBlanc also condemned the incident and said the GW Police Department was working with MPD to find the perpetrators.

GW for Israel also released a statement Monday afternoon, calling the vandalism “horrific and unconscionable.” The group wrote that Jewish students at GW have been “routinely targeted” because of their faith, adding that the organization is a resource for students seeking community.

“Time and time again, we have witnessed evil manifested on this campus in the form of antisemitism,” the statement read. “Such acts of hate are antithetical to the community we strive to maintain at GW.”

More to Discover
About the Contributor
Zach Blackburn, Editor in Chief
Zach, a senior majoring in political communication, is the 2023-24 editor in chief of The Hatchet. He previously served as senior news editor and assistant news editor of the Metro beat. He hails from West Columbia, South Carolina.
Donate to The GW Hatchet