Philadelphia, PA, November 12, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today strongly condemned multiple incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti in State College, PA near two Penn State fraternity houses.

According to Police, 12 vehicles parked to the rear of Delta Sigma Phi and Beta Sigma Beta fraternities, had anti-Semitic slogans, swastikas, sexual pictures and sexual phrases sprayed painted on them. A garage and a dumpster in the vicinity were also spray painted with this type of graffiti.

“Hate-related vandalism, graffiti, intimidation and harassment demand a priority response because of their special emotional and psychological impact on the target and the target’s community,” said Barry Morrison, ADL’s Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Director. “We urge the University to take appropriate measures to respond to this unfortunate episode. This includes the important step of making a strong public statement condemning this incident; letting students, as well as the community, know that these acts will not be tolerated.”

The Anti-Defamation League has been in contact with university officials as well as the police in response to these challenges on campus. ADL has offered members of the campus community its expertise in combating ant-Semitism and responding to issues of bias and hatred. Students, faculty, administrators and campus professionals can turn to the League for assistance when dealing with issues such as hate crimes, anti-Semitism, religious accommodation and anti-Israel sentiment on campus.


The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry. T0 learn more about how ADL challenges anti-Semitism on campus, visit Confronting Anti-Semitism.