Swastikas Spray-painted Outside Jewish Columbia Professor’s Office

NEW YORK (AP) -
Anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted Wednesday outside the office of Columbia Prof. Elizabeth Midlarsky.

A Jewish professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College was targeted with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Elizabeth Midlarsky told the Daily News she saw two swastikas and the word “Yid” spray-painted on a wall outside her office when she arrived at work Wednesday afternoon.

“I walked in the door of my office and found myself staring at a swastika and was absolutely shocked,” she said.

Teachers College President Thomas Bailey released a statement condemning “any expression of hatred.” He said they were working with police to discover the perpetrator.

The New York Police Department said it was investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

The Holocaust scholar and psychology professor was the target of a similar incident in 2007. At the time she was protesting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at Columbia in September.

“I am disgusted by this abhorrent act of anti-Semitism and hate” Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted on Thursday. “I stand together with @Columbia and the entire Jewish community of NY. I am directing the State Police to assist in this investigation. We will hold those behind this responsible and we will rise above this hate.”