Davis Police Investigate 2nd Instance of Anti-Semitic Vandalism

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The Davis police department says Wednesday a janitor reported finding anti-Jewish writing in the bathroom of the center for Jewish life near UC Davis’ campus.

It read “grout out Jews,” according to Davis police. They are investigating it as a hate crime.

“The vandalism actually occurred in the men’s restroom on a tile wall and was etched into the grout between tiles were the words ‘grout out the Jews,'” said Lt. Thomas Waltz, Davis Police Spokesperson.

Police say that incident happened about two weeks ago but was likely reported to police after hearing about another act of anti-Jewish vandalism.

Two swastikas were sprayed on the university’s Jewish fraternity house last weekend.

Since then the swastikas have been removed and extra security cameras have been added.

Earlier that week something else happened on campus that some Jewish students deemed anti-Semitic.

The student government passed a resolution to sever ties with businesses connected to Israel.

The bill is a suggestion to regents.

“When this comes up it leaves wounds with people involved,” said student Government Vice President, Maxwell Kappes.

Kappes says the Divestment Bill is a move that has left both pro-Israel and Palestinian students feeling uneasy.

“There are a lot of people who don’t feel as safe on campus as they did a week or two ago,” said Kappes.

On Facebook, groups that pushed the bill write that the resolution “champions the rights and struggles of Palestinians who have endured displacement, ethnic cleansing and violence by Israeli occupation.”

Thursday a small group held signs near campus for about eight hours, showing support for Israel.

“It hurts my heart to see what goes on on our campuses with our young people and this is just my way to express my feelings,” said Robert Dixon.

Dixon lives in Granite Bay, is not connected to the university and is not Jewish.

He’s simply upset about recent events on campus.

FOX40 reached out to groups supported the divestment bill for their reaction. We have not heard back.

Davis police is investigating both cases as hate crimes.

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