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Swastika painted on Jewish fraternity house at University of California on Shabbat.

Two large swastikas were found spray-painted on the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Jewish fraternity house at University of California (UC), Davis during Shabbat.

“Jewish people still can’t feel safe on their own campuses and in their own houses,” Nathaniel Bernhard, vice president of the UC Davis AEPi chapter, told the Sacramento Bee. “Anti-Semitism still exists today. It’s not a fairy tale.”


Bernhard said the swastikas were spray-painted on the building sometime between 3-9 a.m. on Saturday.

Barry Broad, board president of the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region, called the swastikas “especially heinous” given the recent commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27.

“Unfortunately, the lessons that history has taught us about the culture of hate have not been heeded by everyone,” Broad said in a statement.

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said, “Nothing rivals a swastika as a more potent or offensive symbol of hatred and violence toward our Jewish community members.


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  1. There have been enough of these anti-Jewish incidents on college campuses over the past year or so that it would definitely be permissible for the President of the United States to step up and say something about tolerance and hate. He has no problem about defending black hoodlums on the streets.

  2. Just curious. The growing culture of hate in our country is alarming and encompasses many, to include the Jewish people. I catch it from both sides be I am Jewish, I am also black. There is NO room for insensitivity amongst the Jewish people. No matter how frustrated we may feel; we are bound by Torah to always take the higher road. We are by no means doormats, no, but we must gaurd against the formation of bitterness in our souls. It only leads to finger-pointing which is typically pointed at the peripheral issue. What it does for certain is makes us indistinguishable from the ones would paint swastikas.

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