Jewish texts, centers targeted in Indiana

The director of Indiana University’s Jewish Studies Program says someone took eight Hebrew texts from library shelves, moved them to eight nearby bathrooms and urinated on them.

The Nov. 29 incident was the latest in a series of anti-Semitic incidents reported at the Bloomington campus. Jewish Studies Program Director Jeffrey Veidlinger told the Herald-Times the acts are disturbing and seem to be escalating.

Police say they are aggressively investigating five incidents of suspected anti-Semitic incidents reported at IU over the past week, including rocks thrown through windows at the on-campus Helene G. Simon Hillel Center and at the Chabad house, which is located just off campus, on Nov. 27. In addition, a rock thrown at the staff directory glass display case for the Robert A. and Sandra B. Borns Jewish Studies Program caused damage.

Bloomington city police have contacted the FBI and are looking for a person of interest whom they describe as a white, bearded male age 40 to 50.

The rock thrown through the Chabad window is now a piece of the foundation of the center’s new 12-foot menorah, the IU student newspaper reported.  — jta & ap