Vandals on Sunday spray-painted swastikas on the side of a Jewish fraternity house at the University of California-Davis.
“Jewish people still can’t feel safe on their own campuses and in their own houses,” Nathaniel Bernhard, vice president of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, told the Sacramento Bee. “Anti-Semitism still exists today. It’s not a fairy tale.”
Davis police are investigating the vandalism, which took place between 3 a.m. and 9 a.m. Saturday.
In a written statement, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi called the vandalism “repugnant and a gross violation of the values our university holds dear.”
“Nothing rivals a swastika as a more potent or offensive symbol of hatred and violence toward our Jewish community members,” Katehi said.
Reported the Bee:
The vandalism comes after the Associated Students of UC Davis passed an advisory resolution asking the UC regents to divest from businesses with connections to Israel.
UC Davis spokesman Andy Fell noted that the resolution did not reflect the position of the university. “That’s a student government matter,” he said.
According to the university newspaper, Bernhard said: “I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that this happened right after divestment.
“I’m also not making any assumptions or blaming anyone in particular, but I feel like there were a lot of anti-Semitism feelings after divestment.”