(NEW YORK, NY, 11/29/18) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the anti-Semitic vandalism discovered yesterday at Columbia University.
Professor Elizabeth Midlarsky, a clinical psychologist and Holocaust scholar at Columbia’s Teachers College, discovered large Nazi swastikas and the anti-Semitic slur “yid” spray-painted in the foyer of her upper west side office. Professor Midlarsky’s work includes the study of “non-Jewish heroes” who rescued Jewish families from the Holocaust. The incident is being investigated by the NYPD as a potential hate crime.
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“This sort of vile anti-Semitism has no place in our city or universities,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn. “New Yorkers of all faiths must unite to denounce this grotesque vandalism. Sadly, anti-Semitism is not just an artifact of history, it is a growing threat to the Jewish community and to our nation. These sorts of attacks show why Professor Midlarsky’s work is so vital, why we must constantly strive to better-understand the unique horrors of the Holocaust.”
Individuals in New York are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.