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Anti-Semitic graffiti found in Columbia University professor's office

CAITLIN O'KANE

CBS News

Thu Nov 29 2018

A Columbia University professor stopped in her tracks when she opened her office door Wednesday and discovered anti-Semitic graffiti spray painted across the walls. This is the second time Dr. Elizabeth Midlarsky, a professor of psychology at Columbia University's Teachers College, has been targeted with anti-Semitic slurs, CBS New York reports. A hate crime investigation is now underway.

"I opened my door and in front of me was a big red swastika. I was, to put it mildly, shocked," Midlarsky told CBS New York. "Then there was one on another wall and the word on the third wall," she said, referring to an anti-Semitic slur painted in red

"I feel vulnerable for the first time in my life," she said.

Midlarsky, a professor for 28 years, has written extensively about the Holocaust throughout her career. "I'm writing chapters and articles, but not exactly the thing that'd get people incensed," she said.

She said the vandalism still didn't totally surprise her. "Bias is going up, doubling in some places. Especially against Jews," the professor said....

Anti-Semitic graffiti found in Columbia University professor's office