October 6, 2014
STATEMENT FROM ALPHA EPSILON PI
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANDREW BORANS
ON RECENT INCIDENT AT EMORY UNIVERSITY
“This weekend – as the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur was ending – our fraternity house at Emory University was vandalized and painted with Swastikas. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident on college campuses in North America and across the world. The rising tide of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel activity on college campuses is widespread and must be stopped. Universities are a place for the free and open exchange of ideas and Jewish students should not be made to feel unsafe in their homes on campuses.
We applaud the Emory University administration for their swift and strong statement and actions on this incident and will work with them to ensure that our Brothers at Emory – and all Jewish students — are kept safe.
Our fraternity’s mission – developing leaders for Jewish communities – is being tested today as we work with Brothers on 180 college campuses in the United States, Canada, Israel, the United Kingdom and France to ensure that Jewish students are safe and that their pro-Israeli voices of peace are not silenced.”
Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) is the world’s leading Jewish social fraternity, operating chapters on more than 180 college campuses in six countries. Founded in 1913, AEPi has more than 90,000 living alumni. While non-discriminatory, the fraternity’s mission – developing the future leaders of the Jewish communities – is demonstrated every day through acts of Brotherhood, Tzedakkah (charity), social awareness and support for Jewish communities and Israel.