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Printers at 12 Colleges Spew Hate Fliers in Suspected Hack

"We are currently investigating the breach as well as the source and origin of this despicable act," DePaul, one of the universities affected, said.
University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst, Mass. DAVID BRUNEAU / AP, file

Just days before Easter, anti-Semitism reared its ugly head again — this time in filth-filled fliers that suddenly showed up in campus printers at a dozen universities across the country.

"White Man are you sick and tired of The Jews," the hateful message begins on the single-page missive that is adorned with swastikas and includes the web address for a neo-Nazi group.

The fliers were found at universities ranging from DePaul University in Chicago to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst to UCLA out in Los Angeles, according to the Anti-Defamation League and various published reports.

"We don't know whether this was timed to Easter, or not," said the ADL's Todd Gutnick.

DePaul University said it suspects their printers were hacked are now taking steps to secure them from future breaches.

"We are currently investigating the breach as well as the source and origin of this despicable act, which certainly is not reflective of DePaul's values nor of our campus culture where all are welcome," said the Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, the university's president.

Holtschneider also urged students and campus workers to destroy the flyers if they find them.

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy echoed the reverend's remarks.

"As a campus community, we condemn this cowardly and hateful act," Subbaswamy said in an email. "This despicable incident reminds us that we must not be complacent as we continue to strive for a society that embraces diversity, inclusion and equity — a society where everyone feels safe and welcome."