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Anti-Defamation League concerned over San Diego campus hate crimes

“Violence and property damage have no place in our society," said Tammy Gillies, Regional Director of ADL’s San Diego office.
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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is voicing concern over two hate crimes that happened in San Diego over the past week.

At U.C. San Diego someone painted anti-Semitic graffiti on the pavement near a University transit stop. The markings were spray-painted in red and contained a swastika with the words “Heil Trump.”

Meanwhile at San Diego State University a Muslim student was accosted by two men who reportedly made negative comments about her religious beliefs and cited the president-elect.

"They removed her car keys before fleeing the area," the police report says. “The victim left the area to contact to police. When police arrived on scene, her vehicle was missing. She was uninjured."

The incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

“We are horrified by these hateful incidents,” said Tammy Gillies, Regional Director of ADL’s San Diego office. Violence and property damage have no place in our society.

"When individuals are targeted because of personal characteristics like race, religion and national origin, these crimes send a message of intolerance and hate to the entire community.

"It is our collective responsibility to respond with a countervailing message and ensure that this behavior is unacceptable. We look forward to quick investigations from law enforcement and we urge all community members to answer the call to work towards a more civil and inclusive community.”

University Chancellors sent out a collective statement on Wednesday after the election. 

"Diversity is central to our mission," the statement says. "We remain absolutely committed to supporting all members of our community and adhering to UC’s Principles Against Intolerance."