UC Davis Jewish Community Moves Forward, Police Investigate Hate Crime

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It was a quiet day on the UC Davis campus Sunday.

But the Jewish community was still talking about the two red swastikas sprayed outside the University’s Jewish fraternity the day before.

"It’s something that as a UC Davis community we can all come together and all support each other and all find a way to make this into something positive,” said Juli Reifkind, president of Aggies for Israel.

Reifkind says the group is trying to turn the hate-filled act into a positive lesson.

"The goal to move forward from something like this is really just to raise awareness and educate people so they do know this is something serious. This is something that we take very seriously but were also gonna use to strengthen us,” Reifkind says.

This is not the first time vandals have hit the college town.

In May a University building was tagged with a racial slur aimed at African Americans on campus.

In July of 2012, a swastika was found burned into a picnic table at Davis Middle School.

In June of 2012, a noose was discovered hanging at Davis High School.

Davis police says it’s not uncommon to see hateful graffiti in places like parks and schools but they say something like this is much more alarming because it’s targeting a specific group.

"When a specific group is targeted it does raise concern for the community at large,” says Sergeant James Macniven of the Davis Police Department.

Davis police is investigating the spray painted swastikas as a hate crime.

Members of AEPi told FOX40 they question whether the vandalism has something to do with a student government resolution passed Thursday.

In the bill, student senators requests UC regents sever ties with businesses connected to Israel.

"We have no idea who did this and we don’t want to make any assumptions about who did this either,” Reifkind said.

Students have circulated an online petition condemning the bill and the swastikas.

So far more than 9,000 people have signed.

Saturday the University responded to the swastikas, calling them “repugnant” and a “violation of the values the university holds dear.”

Davis Police says they have no suspects in the case but the investigation continues.