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United States / 16-03-2017

Mezuzah Burned at UC Hastings

Source: nbcbayarea

San Francisco - Antisemitism has now reared its ugly head on the University of California Hastings campus in San Francisco.


A student returned to his dormitory room at midday Monday to discover that the mezuzah on his doorpost was defaced — actually, it appeared to have been burned.


The student noticed soot on the bottom of the mezuzah case, and it appeared to have melted. A mezuzah is a small scroll of parchment upon which are written passages from the holy Torah. It is considered a protection for those who live within the home.


Officials say they believe the antisemitic attack may have taken place the day before, on Sunday during the Jewish holiday of Purim.


San Francisco police are investigating the incident as a possible antisemitic hate crime, officials said.


UC Hastings Chancellor David Faigman sent out a letter to students, faculty and staff Wednesday, condemning “what appears to be a cowardly act of antisemitism.


UCSF Police are investigating a profoundly disturbing incident that occurred this past week in the Hastings Tower. In what appears to be a cowardly act of anti-Semitism, someone partially burned the mezuzah on the doorframe of a UC Hastings student. This matter is under investigation and we hope to identify the perpetrator quickly. If you have any information about this incident, please contact UCSF Police or my office.

I am deeply troubled by the possible implications of such an act on our campus. We will not tolerate hateful actions of any sort against members of our community. UC Hastings is dedicated to the principals of diversity and inclusion. Members of our community have a right to a safe educational environment and we will do everything we can to ensure the safety and security of all.

David Faigman