Friday, February 28, 2014
Ugliness of BDS hits University of Windsor
From the Urbanite:
A student executive’s office was broken into and vandalized on the eve of a controversial referendum at the University of Windsor.
Today marks the first of three voting days of an undergraduate student referendum that seeks official endorsement of the growing Israeli Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement.
Jake DeJong, vice-president academic affairs, arrived at the university at 9 a.m. this morning to discover vandals entered his locked office the evening prior, ransacking it and defaced a Support our Troops flag with the Star of David and the word “ZIONIST” above it in blue spray paint.
Campus Community Police, Windsor Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police were on scene at the CAW Student Centre today dusting for fingerprints and photographing the crime scene.
“My immediate reaction is mostly shock and awe,” said DeJong. “This isn’t just an attack against my office, this is an attack against me and my position.”
Windsor Police have classified the case as a break-and-enter and hate crime.
“An office was broken into sometime overnight and the suspect(s) spray painted a message inside the office that was deemed to be racist in nature,” said Sergeant Matthew D’Asti, the public information officer for Windsor Police via a public news update Thursday afternoon. “Windsor Police are working with The University of Windsor Campus Police on this investigation in an attempt to identify the person(s) responsible.”
From the Windsor Star
The act has received condemnation from Windsor police and the Windsor Jewish Community Centre.
“The fact they defaced a Support Our Troops flag, that’s offensive to veterans,” said Harvey Kessler, executive director of the Jewish Community Centre. “The fact they spray painted the Star of David and used the word Zionist obviously is a hate crime. So that’s offensive to the Jewish students and the Jewish community. But in addition to that, it should be offensive to the whole university community and the community at large.”
Windsor police said they are working with campus police to find who is responsible for the break and enter and “hate crime.”