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Police Probe UC Davis Swastika Graffiti as Anti-Jewish Hate Crime

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — While detectives investigate spray-painted swastikas on a University of California, Davis off-campus Jewish fraternity house as a hate crime, a Muslim civil liberties group has come out in solidarity with the Jewish community.

No suspects had been identified, and no arrests had been made Monday, Davis police spokesman Tom Waltz said.

The two large swastikas spray-painted onto the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house happened between 3 and 9 a.m. Saturday, The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1CSFsgE ).

In a statement, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi called the behavior “repugnant and a gross violation of the values our university holds dear.”

Council on American Islamic Relations Sacramento Valley Executive Director Basim Elkarra released a statement Monday that says the group “condemns all acts of hate targeting members of any faith or background, including rejecting anti-Semitism.”

Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity Vice President Nathaniel Bernhard said the hate crime threatened to rekindle campus race tensions.

The vandalism comes after the Associated Students of UC Davis passed an advisory resolution asking the UC regents to divest from businesses with connections to Israel.

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