Swastikas spray-painted in Jewish professor's office

- A Jewish professor at Columbia University's Teachers College says her office was vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs.

Elizabeth Midlarsky, who teaches and researches about the Holocaust, told the Columbia Spectator that she found two swastikas and the derogatory term "Yid" on Wednesday afternoon.

"I was in shock," Midlarsky said. "I stopped for a moment, because I couldn't believe what I was seeing."

It's the second time her office was vandalized. The first time was in 2007.

Teachers College President Thomas Bailey issued this statement:

To the TC Community: As you may already have heard, the office of a Teachers College faculty member has been defaced with swastikas. We unequivocally condemn any expression of hatred, which has no place in our society. We are outraged and horrified by this act of aggression and use of this vile anti-Semitic symbol against a valued member of our community."

Please rest assured that we are working with police to discover the perpetrator of this hateful act. I also want to reaffirm the College's commitment – and my own – to providing a respectful and welcoming environment for all, and to protecting the safety and dignity of all members of our community. "

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying he is "disgusted" by the incident, announced that he asked the State Police Hate Crimes Unit to help investigators.

"In the wake of this incident, I stand together with Columbia University and the entire Jewish community of New York," Cuomo said in a statement. "We will hold those behind this act responsible to the full extent of the law, and we will rise above this hate."


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