California Fraternity Vandalized With Swastika Graffiti After Supporting Israel

| by Lisa Fogarty

A California fraternity has reportedly been hit by anti-Semitic vandals who spray-painted two swastikas on its walls Saturday.

Members of Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish fraternity at the University of California Davis, say they believe pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel activists painted the swastikas after AEPi showed its support for Israel following a controversial student body vote, reports Breitbart.

The incident reportedly took place Friday night into Saturday, two days after the student council called on the University of California Board of Regent to divest from “corporations that aid in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and illegal settlements in Palestinian territories,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi released the following written statement: “This kind of behavior is not only repugnant and a gross violation of the values our university holds dear, it is unacceptable and must not be tolerated on our campus or anywhere else.”

But campus organizations, including Students for Justice in Palestine, called the graffiti a hate crime and shot back, saying, “We reject any attempts to blame this on any single student community, including the UC Davis Divestment movement.”

UC Davis is now one of several California universities – including UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, and UC Riverside – that are supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, reports the Jerusalem Post.

Sources: Breitbart, Los Angeles Times, Jerusalem Post

Photo Credit: Horia Varlan/Flickr, CBS Sacramento