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Two Students at Colgate University Admit to Vandalizing Campus Menorah

Two Students at Colgate University Admit to Vandalizing Campus Menorah

“it was really scary to think that something of that caliber was happening at a place where I felt so safe and at home”

Higher education in the United States has a growing problem with anti-Semitism. It needs to stop.

Campus Reform reports:

Students admit to vandalizing campus menorah just days before Hanukkah

Two students at Colgate University in New York admitted to vandalizing a campus menorah.

The incident comes just days before Hanukkah and amidst rising reports of anti-Semitism across the country.

According to a report by WKTV, the students “admitted to being intoxicated.”

Colgate student Jackson Fox told Chabad.org that the incident “‘really hit close to home.’”

Fox “‘had been feeling numb to antisemitism after seeing so much of it going on around the world’” according to Chabad.org.

Chabad.org reported that the university will hold hearings for the two students “as the Hamilton Police Department considers criminal charges.”

A GoFundMe campaign coordinated by Sophie Neugarten, the Chabad of Hamilton President, has raised over $20,000. The fundraising goal listed on GoFundMe is $1,950.

Neugarten credited the funds raised to Rabbi Shmuly and Chaya Haskelevic, the Chabad of Madison County directors.

She told Chabad.org “‘that the amount of money raised in such a short time shows the impact that the Haskeleviches have had on the campus.’”

Neugarten references news stories on rising cases of anti-Semitism.

“‘Considering everything that’s going on with our modern world and celebrities getting a lot of publicity for their antisemitism, it was really scary to think that something of that caliber was happening at a place where I felt so safe and at home,’” Neugarten said.

Kanye West is one recent case of celebrity anti-Semitism. West posted antisemitic tweets and shared conspiracy theories invoking what the Anti-Defamation League calls “‘myths about Jewish greed and power and control of the entertainment industry.’”

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Comments

What these two Colgate U. students did might also be a Federal felony under 18 U.S.C. 241.

“,,,happening at a place where I felt so safe and at home”

You aren’t safe, and there ain’t home. Our Betters have been drifting our circumstances and compact ever more (back) toward life, “solitary, nasty, brutish, and short”, including at home.

If you’d like a social compact of non-imposition and holding a safe space for us all against those who don’t agree, well, maybe support people who create that. Politics, laws, and policy for certain, but also personal actions, principles and beliefs.

No names, no identifying information that would allow us to identify whether or not it was another “fake hate crime” performed by its “victims.” Not that I’m saying it was; it’s also very valuable to have data points where it’s NOT the “victim group” who done it.

Easy, first fine them each for the total cost to fix it. Then expell them for cause. Make them pay the entire year’s (from Sept 22 to May 23) tuition and boarding. Then have the police arrest them and throw the book at them. Then make sure to tell EVERY student that hate crimes like this will be punished swiftly and savagely. Easy.

    diver64 in reply to TJBX. | December 18, 2022 at 6:53 am

    You can’t make them pay for the second semester tuition and board if you expel them unless they have already paid and there is a no refund clause. I agree with the rest, though.

GoFundMe for what? Surely a Mennorah does not cost $2,000 much less $20,000.

    ahad haamoratsim in reply to diver64. | December 18, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Have you seen the menorahs that Chabad puts up? These are serious outdoor structures, some as tall as a house, not some 15” candelabra that sits on your windowsill.