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Menorah at San Diego State University Chabad Toppled for Second Time

The menorah that stands outside the Chabad House at San Diego State University has been toppled for the second time.

The vandal took down the menorah with “disturbing force,” according to the StopAntisemitism organization who posted a video and photographic evidence of the aftermath of the incident to social media.

“We are disgusted to hear the menorah at San Diego State University Chabad Jewish Center has been vandalized once again,” StopAntisemitism tweeted. “Jewish students deserve to feel safe on your campus, San Diego State University.”

Tagging the university’s president, Adela de la Torre, they added: “Please investigate and take appropriate legal action to put a stop to this bigotry.”

The menorah was placed in front of the Chabad House two decades ago.

NGO StopAntisemitism described the security camera footage showing the “disturbing force with which the man attacks the menorah; his hatred can almost be sensed through the screen.”

Video footage of the vandalism shows the disturbing force with which the man attacks the menorah; his hatred can almost be sensed through the screen.https://t.co/y785JJXI0f— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) March 28, 2023

The incident was denounced by the university’s vice president for student affairs and campus diversity, J. Luke Wood, according to the Algemeiner, who said in a statement: “SDSU stands in solidarity with the Chabad House and all members of the Jewish community and condemns all forms of antisemitism. To be clear: Any acts of vandalism, hatred, or marginalization toward members of our campus community, including our Jewish community, will not be tolerated.”

The Chabad House’s menorah was previously vandalized in June 2021.

Two young women behind the incident were captured on surveillance footage committing the act and also defacing a banner at the center.