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Jewish professor at Columbia University finds her office walls spray-painted with Swastikas

The Statesman (of New Dehli, India)

Sat Dec 01 2018

A Columbia University professor got the shock of her life when she entered her office on Wednesday. The office had been vandalised with two swastikas and a derogatory word aimed at Jewish people spray-painted in red on its walls. The professor, Elizabeth Midlarsky, has been teaching at the Columbia Teachers College for 28 years. She is Jewish and has several published articles related to the Holocaust.

The New York police have launched an investigation into the possible hate crime.

Speaking to CNN, Professor Midlarsky said: “I opened the outer door and almost passed out…”

She reported the incident to the university security and had to be sent home.

“I was so shaky, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it,” said the 77-year-old professor.

In a message sent to the Teachers College community after the incident, its president Thomas Bailey said: “We unequivocally condemn any expression of hatred, which has no place in our society. We are outraged and horrified by this act of aggression and use of this vile anti-Semitic symbol against a valued member of our community.”

He said they were working with the police to find the culprit....

Jewish professor at Columbia University finds her office walls spray-painted with Swastikas