Jewish academic’s New York office vandalised with swastikas

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NEW YORK CITY, United States of America


Following the rise of hate crimes against Jews in the United States, a Jewish professor’s office at a university in New York City has been vandalised with anti-Semitic graffiti, including swastikas and an anti-Semitic slur.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) said, Elizabeth Midlarsky, a professor in psychology and education at Columbia University’s Teachers College in Manhattan, discovered the swastikas on the wall of her office on Wednesday afternoon.

“There were two swastikas and the word ‘YID’ on the wall,” said Detective Hubert Reyes

“YID”, from “Yiddish”, is widely considered a slur against Jews.

According to the detective, so far, no one has been arrested, adding that the NYPD’s hate crime task force was investigating for “a possible biased crime”.

A college newspaper Columbia Daily Spectator quoted the professor as saying: “I stopped for a moment because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,”