Just days after a non-binding advisory resolution was passed by students to boycott, divest and hold by sanctions against “corporations that aid the Israeli occupation of Palestine and illegal settlements in Palestinian territories, ” swastikas were painted on a Jewish fraternity house, according to Haaretz.
On Saturday, between 3 and 9 am, swastikas were painted on the building of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, which is located off campus, as reported by the Sacramento Bee. Nathaniel Bernhard, Vice President of the fraternity, told the newspaper, “Jewish people still can’t feel safe on their own campuses and in their own houses. Anti-Semitism still exists today.”
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UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi condemned the vandalism in the strongest terms, “Nothing rivals a swastika as a more potent or offensive symbol of hatred and violence toward our Jewish community members.” The vandalism occurred a few days following the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, as well as the vote on BDS. Nathaniel Berhard told Haaretz, “I don’t think it is a coincidence this happened right after divestment.”
The Associated Students of UC Davis voted for the resolution by a vote of 8 to 2 with two abstentions. Another resolution did not pas the student senate. The UC Board of Regents says it does not intend to divest from companies doing business with Israel.