Jewish Groups, ADL Call On
U Of Colorado To Stem 'Hate'

By Matt Sebastian
Staff Writer The Daily Camera - Boulder, CO

University of Colorado leaders sent an e-mail to students, faculty and staff Wednesday condemning acts of hatred on the Boulder campus and urging restraint.
The "e-memo," sent by President Elizabeth Hoffman and Chancellor Richard Byyny, comes a day after Jewish groups called on CU officials to ease tensions on campus.
CU police reported finding several anti-Israel messages, including a reference to "Zionazis," written in chalk Monday and Tuesday on campus sidewalks.
"The University of Colorado offers a place for free, open and civil discussion," Hoffman and Byyny wrote. "But the line is firm: no acts of hate or intimidation will be tolerated."
This week's vandalism comes as the campus commemorates Holocaust Awareness Week. Leaders from the Anti-Defamation League and the Hillel Council of Colorado on Tuesday urged Hoffman to do more in response to the vandalism.
"To compare Zionism to Nazism is not only incorrect but it is unbelievably offensive to anyone who has any experience with the Holocaust," said Devorah Friedman, director of CU's Hillel center.
CU police have taken reports on the chalk graffiti, which includes statements such as "End the Israeli Occupation," officials said. But police say the chalking isn't a crime, because no damage has been done to university facilities.
"It certainly raises the passions in people, but it appears to be protected speech," CU police Lt. Tim McGraw said.
In their e-mail, Hoffman and Byyny urged students and faculty to be especially considerate and tolerant in light of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the ongoing strife in the Middle East.
Such incidents aren't new on campus, though. Last year, during Holocaust Awareness Week, vandals uprooted flags and des troyed a sign that Hillel members had erected on a campus field as a tribute to victims of the Holocaust.
More recently, a group of Republican state lawmakers called on Hoffman to respond to ongoing acts of anti-Israel vandalism on campus.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Contact Matt Sebastian at (303) 473-1498 or

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