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Columbia professor targeted by anti-Semitic graffiti to light campus menorah

Amanda Woods

New York Post

Fri Nov 30 2018

The Columbia Teachers College professor whose office was defaced with swastikas will be the first to light the campus’s Hanukkah menorah during an on-campus gathering this weekend, the university said.

Professor Elizabeth Midlarsky, who is Jewish, will light the candle in front of Columbia’s Low Memorial Library at 5:30 p.m. Sunday according to Rabbi Yonah Blum of the campus’ Rohr Chabad House.

“As Hanukkah approaches this Sunday, we must stand as a light against the darkness of ignorance, hatred and discrimination,” Blum said in a statement.

“We will stand with Prof. Midlarsky and we will not be cowed – Chabad’s menorah lighting ceremony on Low Plaza and will be bigger and prouder than ever.”

Two large swastikas and an anti-Semitic slur were discovered around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday on Midlarsky’s office walls inside the university on 120th Street near Broadway, police said....

Columbia professor targeted by anti-Semitic graffiti to light campus menorah