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Graffiti at Davis Jewish organization investigated as hate crime

Sacramento Bee

Davis police are investigating a second case of hate-related graffiti at a Jewish organization in the city.

The Hillel House, a prominent Jewish group, was the target of graffiti in late January. Authorities said a janitor found the words, “grout out the Jews,” etched into the wall near a toilet stall. The janitor immediately removed the graffiti.

Police believe the vandalism occurred between Jan. 22-23.

Davis police are investigating the incident as a hate crime. Hillel House officials said the janitor came forward with the story after hearing about a separate hate crime on Saturday, when the Jewish fraternity house Alpha Epsilon Pi was spray-painted with two swastikas.

Both the Hillel House and Alpha Epsilon Pi are across from the UC Davis campus. The incidents come at a time of deep division within the campus community.

On Jan. 29, the Associated Students of UC Davis approved a symbolic resolution asking the UC regents to divest from Israel. The action drew condemnation from Jewish circles on campus and across the nation.

Call The Bee’s Richard Chang, (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.

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