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IU Police Investigate Anti-Semitic Vandalism

Last updated on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana University police are investigating a possible hate crime targeting students in the Jewish Studies Department.

Police said someone vandalized a poster with a swastika and the word 'Hitler.'
The incident took place in Goodbody Hall and investigators called it an anti-Semitic act.

IU student David Bloom said the vandalism was deplorable.

"It's completely unacceptable. I understand that some people are not aware and are ignorant, but ignorance isn't a justification for all these things," Bloom said.

Jewish Studies Program Director Jeffrey Veidlinger said hate crimes won't be tolerated on campus.

"They are doing more than just writing a profanity on a sign, they are intending for an act of threatening and intimidation and we won't stand for that," Veidlinger said.

Authorities said Goodbody Hall has been the target of vandalism in the past.

Last fall, IU police investigated two hate crimes targeted at a gay student and another targeting a Jewish student. Police said university authorities resolved those cases while others were sent to the Monroe County Prosecutor's office.

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