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Jan 04, 2017 04:22 AM EST

Hebrew Union College Becomes Latest Victim Of Racist Vandalism

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Jewish school Hebrew Union College has become the latest victim of racist vandals. Its college sign was defaced with a swastika which was found on Tuesday.

Local source WVXU.org reported that Cincinnati police are already investigating the incident. The hate symbol was painted on a sign at Hebrew Union College.

The school's associate dean, Rabbi Ken Kanter, described the vandal as disturbing. However, he also acknowledged that it was a "minor nuisance" compared to what other people are going through in the nation or around the world.

Authorities were quick to respond. The image has been removed.

Rabbi Kanter expressed his thanks to Cincinnati police who arrived immediately. Officials are still reviewing security footage to identify the possible suspect.

Hebrew Union College issued a statement on the incident. President Rabbi Aaron Panken said that the act of hate should not alter their work and that they will continue to "build a just and humane world."

According to Cincinnati.com, the school was founded in 1875. It is the first permanent Jewish institution of higher learning in the U.S.

Cincinnati mayor John Cranley said that he is "deeply offended and disturbed" by the act of hate. He assured everyone that the city is working towards building a more welcoming and inclusive environment.

This is the latest in the surge of hate acts committed across campuses in the United States. Last month, Hitler and swastikas posters were found at two locations on the University of Chicago campus.

It was noted that a neo-Nazi group may be the culprit behind the racist messages. The name of the symbol of The Atomwaffen Division was on the posters.

A student from Nassau Community College has been arrested for reportedly drawing swastikas and other anti-Semitic images in the school. He has been arraigned on 12 counts of aggravated harassment.

It was revealed that the hate messages he wrote included swastikas, Germany, KKK and Hitler. Officials confirmed that Saini drew the graffiti and other vandals in the school's G building on Dec. 17.

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