Jewish Professor at U.C. Berkleley receives anti-Semitic death threat
U.C. Berkeley has had more than its share of anti-Semitic incidents. There have been anti-semitic flyers, swastikas carved into doors, grotesque graffitti, and most recently, anti-Semitic tweets from Cal Lecturer Hatem Bazian. This weeks incident is just one in a series of attacks on the Cal Jewish community.
Earlier this week, a threatening message calling for the death of a Jewish professor was posted outside their Kroeber Hall office.
Benjamin Brinner, faculty director for the Center for Jewish studies, said he received reports that the incident involved an anti-Semitic message posted outside of the office of a Jewish professor. Brinner said he believes this was especially disturbing as the threatening messages called for the death of a teacher.
“The message mentioned Hitler and called for killing the professor, using an extremely racist epithet for ‘Jew,’ ” Brinner said.
Brinner said he knows more students who have been affected by hate-related incidents like this than teachers, but he added that this type of anti-Semitic attacks is a “particularly ugly manifestation” of attack and is an ongoing problem.
“In instances such as this, the target is an individual; in other instances, a swastika or some other offensive statement is posted in a public place,” Brinner said.
U.C. Berkeley's police department is investigating the incident.