Another Anti-Semitic Hate Crime At Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College, which already played host to two anti-Semitic hate crimes during this school year, hosted a third incident occur on October 24th. Jewish student Bryan Turkel saw his dorm room vandalized for the third time thus far this year. The first two crimes were detailed on,

Shortly before Yom Kippur, Bryan Turkel, a Jewish student in his senior year at Claremont McKenna College—one of a consortium of five undergraduate liberal-arts schools and two graduate schools in Southern California called the Claremont Colleges—found the mezuzah on his doorframe torn down. The previous week, Turkel’s dorm room had been broken into, and an Israeli flag he had displayed prominently had been stolen.

Turkel, who is a member of the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), responded in coordination with the fraternity and the Chabad on Campus by installing mezuzot, parchment scroll affixed to the doorposts of a Jewish home or business containing ancient texts, on the dorms of every AEPi brother's living space.

On October 24th, Turkel was the victim of another anti-Semitic hate crime- his new mezuzah was ripped off of his doorframe.

"I consider this an example of the rising, disturbing trend of anti-Semitism on American college campuses," Turkel told TruthRevolt via email. "At NYU and Northeastern, Jewish students awoke to find eviction notices under their doors. At Temple University a Jewish student was physically assaulted and then called a kike by his attackers, and swastikas were found spray painted on the AEPi houses at Emory University and the University of Oregon." 

"Unfortunately, I also consider this part of the merging between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism that is happening where Jews are intimidated and attacked based off of their support of Israel. It explains how anti-Israel groups such as SJP can stage die-ins outside of Hillels, Jewish religious organizations, and still call it anti-Zionism. It is the twisted interpretation of academic freedom that leads many intellectuals to defend these hateful messages, while at the same time calling for censorship of Zionist or Jewish speakers," he added.

Turkel noted that the university administration handled the first hate crime very well and almost immediately sent an email condemning the incident but that he still feels threatened on campus after he was targeted three separate times.