Jewish day camp burglarized, tarred by graffiti

A day camp run by the Jewish Community Center at Terman Middle School on Arastradero Road in Palo Alto was burglarized over the July 4th weekend, with an office broken into and a laptop and digital camera worth a combined $2,560 stolen, Police Sgt. Sandra Brown said.

Anti-Semitic graffiti was also written on a wall of the building and was quickly painted over when discovered after 8 a.m. Monday.

Police believe the burglary and graffiti are related as one incident, although they were discovered separately by day camp staff on Monday morning.

The door to the day camp's office was broken in the burglary.

— Don Kazak


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Posted by GMC
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 9, 2008 at 12:28 pm

To better understand the nature of the crime and possible motives, I would like to know what the graffiti said if possible, as unpleasant as it might be to read or reprint.

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Posted by Marvin
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 9, 2008 at 12:31 pm

The Daily News story has a more accurate and complete description of the incident:

Web Link

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Posted by intolerable
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 9, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Are these incidents increasing in frequency? if so, time for ALL of us to put up menorahs in our windows to show we will not tolerate any anti-semitism here ( in spite of some of the filth pouring out into some of our letters to the editor, protected by the freedom to express any opinion we wish).

If we all wear Stars of David and put Menorrahs in our windows, it will be a little difficult for racists to figure out who to go after, won't it?

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Posted by ???
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2008 at 1:39 pm

When I was young and went to school, there was a great word, burgle. It was a verb, to burgle, meaning to break in and steal. From that word came the noun, burglar, meaning one who burgles. Where did the extension "burglarize" come from? Is this a trend? Do we take perfectly good verbs, turn them into nouns and then ize them to turn them back into verbs? Will the next trend be to call someone a burglarizer, meaning one who burglarizes?


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Posted by GMC
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 9, 2008 at 3:19 pm

I think we're off on a tangent here but, are you saying that it should read "day camp...was burgled?"
On my Mac "Dashboard" dictionary, burgled is listed as a word, but in the definition it says, "another term for burglarized." I think the modern usage, for better or worse, is burglarized. Seeing burgled sounds both archaic and Britsh-sounding. That reminds me of a line in "A Fish Called Wanda" when Archie's wife says, "we've been burgled."

Anyway, as a Jew these stories break my heart. Its just sad. When I was growing up, I had something like this happen to me on multiple occasions actually, and it just makes me wonder why people carry around so much hatred for whole groups of people they don't even know.
The only good thing I can see coming out of this is that it makes me want to look inside myself and be a better and more kind person. It is so easy to hate, but its so much more fulfilling to try and love other people isn't it? Every one of us, starting with me can do a better job.

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