Two Ithaca college students were the the target of a shocking anti-Semitic attack recently. Freshmen Ross Sugarman and Josh Bond–both Jewish –awoke April 21st to find “Heil Hitler,” “666″and a swastika in dripping red paint defacing their door.
Both students are members of Alpha Epsilon Pi, an international Jewish fraternity, and though both were disappointed, neither said they felt particularly threatened.
“I do think it’s singling us out,” Sugarman told the school’s newspaper, The Ithacan. “I don’t really feel threatened by it.”
Terri Stewart, director of the Office of Public Safety and emergency management, said an investigation into the case is ongoing.
“Everyone here cannot imagine the incredible amount of resources that has gone into this investigation to the extent that we have put a couple officers on this full time and brought them in on off time to find out who’s responsible,” Stewart said.
The college chose not to publicize the incident through a Public Safety Alert, which disturbed some students. “It’s concerning to me that anti-Semitic acts occurred on campus, but the community hasn’t been alerted,” Freshman Daniel Bender told The Ithacan.
Another freshmen echoed Bender’s concern. “If they send out messages about broken elevators and ruined ground lounges, I think they should send a message about this,” Peter Boyle, a neighbor of Sugarman and Bond, said. “This is more important. This isn’t only an act of vandalism — it’s an act of hatred, and it’s threatening.”