Jewish Students Given Mock Eviction Notices at Emory University

Students at Emory University woke up on Tuesday to mock eviction notices. 

Several of these notices were found outside student dorm rooms of Jewish students at Emory University on the morning of April 2. The incident has disturbed many students and raised questions about personal space at universities.

Emory's Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) left fake notices on the doors of Jewish students in residence halls as part of "Israel Apartheid Week." The documents appeared to bear the seal of the school’s Office of Residence and Housing approval but targeted just Jewish students. The notices said: 

 “We regret to inform you that your suite is scheduled for demolition in three days... eviction notices are routinely given to Palestinian families living under Israeli occupation for no other reason than their ethnicity... part of the state of Israel’s outgoing attempts to ethnically cleanse the region."

At first blush both Emory University and Emory Hillel claimed to have found no evidence yet that Jewish students were solely targeted by the flyers. Still, a Jewish and Zionist student leader on campus said she received numerous message from Jewish students who found the flyers on their doors, particularly those who had mezuzahs (small cases with scrolls) on the entrance to their doors received the notices while non-Jewish neighbors hadn't. 

In a statement in response to the incident, Emory noted that “while a student group received permission to post the flyers, they did not comply with posting guidelines and the flyers were removed.” Furthermore, Emory responded to the World Jewish Congress'  tweet saying: "We have found no evidence that individual students or a particular group were targeted. The Office of Student Conduct is reviewing the incident and will determine appropriate next steps. Emory does not tolerate any behavior that threatens members of our community"