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Arrest made in anti-Semitic graffiti incident at Stanford

Stanford University police have arrested 19-year-old Lucas Joseph Ninow in connection with the spray-painting of anti-Semitic graffiti on two student residences in late April, according to a press release from the Stanford Department of Public Safety.

Ninow, who is not a Stanford student, was arrested in Mountain View on Wednesday, June 24, on an arrest warrant. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for one count of felony vandalism, one count of misdemeanor vandalism and one count of a misdemeanor hate crime. He is to be arraigned Thursday afternoon, June 25.

The April 26 incident left the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and Casa Italiana, a nearby Italian language- and culture-focused house, tagged with swastikas and "anarchy symbols" in gold spray paint.

Stanford President John Hennessy condemned the vandalism shortly after it was discovered.

"This level of incivility has no place at Stanford," Hennessy said in a statement. "I ask everyone in the university community to stand together against intolerance and hate, and to affirm our commitment to a campus community where discourse is civil, where we value differences, and where every individual is respected."

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Arrest made in anti-Semitic graffiti incident at Stanford

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Stanford University police have arrested 19-year-old Lucas Joseph Ninow in connection with the spray-painting of anti-Semitic graffiti on two student residences in late April, according to a press release from the Stanford Department of Public Safety.

Ninow, who is not a Stanford student, was arrested in Mountain View on Wednesday, June 24, on an arrest warrant. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for one count of felony vandalism, one count of misdemeanor vandalism and one count of a misdemeanor hate crime. He is to be arraigned Thursday afternoon, June 25.

The April 26 incident left the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and Casa Italiana, a nearby Italian language- and culture-focused house, tagged with swastikas and "anarchy symbols" in gold spray paint.

Stanford President John Hennessy condemned the vandalism shortly after it was discovered.

"This level of incivility has no place at Stanford," Hennessy said in a statement. "I ask everyone in the university community to stand together against intolerance and hate, and to affirm our commitment to a campus community where discourse is civil, where we value differences, and where every individual is respected."

Comments

SCB94303
Registered user
Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm
SCB94303, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Jun 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm
27 people like this

UC Berkeley should have the same policy as Stanford does. Berkeley has allows anti-semitic demonstrations, and I say shame on them.


Alex
Barron Park
on Jun 25, 2015 at 7:11 pm
Alex, Barron Park
on Jun 25, 2015 at 7:11 pm
20 people like this

I'm going to assume that you're incorrectly using 'anti-semitic' to mean 'critical of Israel'. Sorry, protesting the state of Israel murdering civilians isn't anti-semitic.


Agenda
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2015 at 7:43 pm
Agenda, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2015 at 7:43 pm
32 people like this

Alex-- perhaps you should read the original story or this story. The accused perp painted swastikas on a number of buildings. This has nothing to do with Israel. And Israel is not murderimg civilians. Unfortunately, in the Bay Area, criticism of Israel has degenerated into anti-Semitic comments and actions (BDS)


calling hypocrisy
Midtown
on Jun 25, 2015 at 9:43 pm
calling hypocrisy, Midtown
on Jun 25, 2015 at 9:43 pm
17 people like this

And to Alex
So from your comment you think it's OK for the Palestinians to launch rockets into civilian areas of Israel.


Kazu
Downtown North
on Jun 25, 2015 at 10:07 pm
Kazu, Downtown North
on Jun 25, 2015 at 10:07 pm
12 people like this

@ SCB94303 wrote:

"UC Berkeley should have the same policy as Stanford does. Berkeley has allows anti-semitic demonstrations, and I say shame on them."

Care to cite a specific example?


Slow Down
Registered user
Community Center
on Jun 25, 2015 at 10:57 pm
Slow Down, Community Center
Registered user
on Jun 25, 2015 at 10:57 pm
6 people like this

@ Kazu - How about Apartheid Week?


Kazu
Downtown North
on Jun 26, 2015 at 12:01 am
Kazu, Downtown North
on Jun 26, 2015 at 12:01 am
10 people like this

"@ Kazu - How about Apartheid Week?"

That is anti-Zionism. Sure, anti-Zionism can be motivated by anti-Semitism, but at its core the Israeli-Palestinian thing is a turf battle. It is not about race, and the "Zionism is racism" argument is patently absurd. The apartheid regime in South Africa, on the other hand, was very much about race. If Berkeley does allow anti-Semitism to go unpunished, then shame on them indeed.

It sounds like the tagger was merely someone with an acute misunderstanding of geopolitics, a great lack of common sense and logic, with some unreasoning hatred thrown in for good measure. Don't you think UC Berkeley would have responded in the same way had the graffiti been done on their campus? Not a rhetorical question, by the way.


Stuart Berman
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Jun 26, 2015 at 3:37 pm
Stuart Berman, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Jun 26, 2015 at 3:37 pm
6 people like this

And Alex,

I'll be happy to pile on to your insensitive and inaccurate comment. You perpetrate the lies that those trying to bring down Israel use when you accuse the country of murdering civilians.


say it like it is
Registered user
Midtown
on Jun 26, 2015 at 8:50 pm
say it like it is, Midtown
Registered user
on Jun 26, 2015 at 8:50 pm
3 people like this

Racism is blind hatred towards another group, without reason or cause, not matter how intentionally or ignorantly it is couched.


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