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'F*** Israel' graffiti sprayed at same university where professor lauded Hamas' attack

Graffiti depicting the words “F–k Israel” has been found at Cornell University’s New York campus on Wednesday.

The vandalism found at the Ithaca Ivy League school came days after Hamas launched its horrendous terror attack in Israel on October 7, killing 1,400 civilians.

The graffiti was left on the campus sidewalks before 9am on Wednesday.

Pictures also showed other statements such as “Israel is Fascist” and “Free Palestine”.

University workers cleaned up the graffiti. It is still not clear who is responsible for the vandalism.

This comes after Russell Rickford, an associate professor of history at the same university, came under fire for appearing to celebrate Hamas’ attack on October 7.

He went viral after saying the following at a demonstration: “It was exhilarating. It was exhilarating, it was energizing.”

He added that “you would not be human” not to feel the same, before reiterating: “I was exhilarated!”

Mr Rickford initially stood by his statement, but later apologized for “the horrible choice of words.”

He is now on leave of absence. The university said in a statement: “Professor Russell Rickford has requested and received approval to take a leave of absence from the university.”

In an October 17 statement signed by Cornell president Martha Pollack and board of trustees chairman Kraig Kayser, the school condemned Mr Rickford’s remarks.

They said: “We learned yesterday of comments that Professor Russell Rickford made over the weekend at an off-campus rally where he described the Hamas terrorist attacks as ‘exhilarating’.

“This is a reprehensible comment that demonstrates no regard whatsoever for humanity. The university is taking this incident seriously and is currently reviewing it consistent with our procedures.”

In his apology statement, Mr Rickford said: “I apologize for the horrible choice of words that I used in a portion of a speech that was intended to stress grassroots African American, Jewish, and Palestinian traditions of resistance to oppression.

“I recognize that some of the language I used was reprehensible and did not reflect my values.”

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