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Nazi Symbols Found at Ithaca College on First Night of Hanukkah

A swastika was found drawn into the snow outside of Terrace Dining Hall — the location of the Kosher Kitchen at Ithaca College — on Dec. 7, which was the first night of Hanukkah. 

President La Jerne Cornish notified the campus community of the incident in an email on the afternoon of Dec. 8. In the email, she said Muslim, Arab and Palestinian students have also experienced multiple bias incidents recently but did not provide further information.

“We absolutely denounce this ignorant and hateful act of antisemitism,” Cornish said. “Acts of hatred have no place on our campus, and we must join together to condemn them and reaffirm that Ithaca College must remain a safe space for every member of our community.”

Cornish said the Hanukkah Shabbat Celebrations with Hillel will still take place the evening of Dec. 8 as planned. Campus Public Safety officers will be at and nearby Muller Chapel throughout the holidays. 

“The shining lights of Hanukkah will not be diminished or darkened, and we want everyone celebrating to feel safe and secure,” Cornish said in the email. “We also promise an investigation that seeks justice and accountability.”

In 2022, eight swastikas were found on Ithaca College’s campus. The last swastika reported was created around Nov. 4, 2022. The college never found those responsible for the series of swastikas. 

Cornish said she is currently away from campus traveling and could not attend the celebrations on campus for the first night of Hanukkah. However, she said she will be at the lighting Dec. 12. Melanie Stein, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, will be at the lighting Dec. 8. 

Source: https://theithacan.org/52032/news/swastika-found-drawn-outside-terrace-dining-hall-on-first-night-of-hanukkah/