Antisemitism at BU: conspiracy stickers seen on BU toilet doors


Stickers depicting anti-semitic imagery have been seen stuck onto toilet doors at Bournemouth University.

The men’s toilets underneath Dylan’s Bar in Poole House were targeted with the stickers, which included the Jewish ‘Star of David’ depicted next to an image of the 9/11 attacks.

Another sticker depicted the symbol shown behind various images based on the media and fake news, including UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, which the UK has adopted, includes:

Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.

JSOC President Joseph Serfaty, who posted a video of the stickers online, said in a Facebook post:

As JSOC President of Bournemouth Universities I have never experienced such blatant antisemitism on campus. These stickers have been placed in the men’s bathroom on Talbot campus to clearly intimidate and troll Jewish Students by perpetuating old school Nazi style anti-Semitic conspiracy theory’s (sic). Community Security Trust (CST) and UJS – Union of Jewish Students will be notified along with SUBU Bournemouth. We expect to see our Union make a clear stance to rid all forms of Racism on campus. The Jewish community in Bournemouth is strong and resilient. We will not let this dampen our spirits or effect our education. Instead, we’ll be enjoying this Shabbat at the beach with a couple of beers, enjoying our one day of summer.

After being contacted by Nerve, BU says they have taken the stickers down but are yet to comment on any investigation.

The incident has also been reported to Dorset Police as a hate crime, through SUBU’s new hate crime reporting centre.