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Bloomington Police Say Vandalism Not Act Of Anti-Semitism

Reports issued to the Bloomington Police Department had some in the Jewish community worried about hate crimes on IU's campus.

Vandalized Car

Photo: Bloomington Police Department

A Bloomington woman's car was vandalized with the Star of David sign, commonly used as a symbol for the Jewish religion.

Two cars spray-painted with the Star of David earlier this week have the Jewish community up in arms. But Bloomington Police say the vandalism is not, in fact, a hate crime.

The six-pointed star was accompanied with the letters “FOL” which stand for Folk Nation, a gang based in Chicago.

Bloomington Police Captain Joe Qualters says analysis of the photos taken at the scene compared with gang graffiti photos show they match symbols from the gang.

“We’ll continue to gather information and document the locations where they take place as well as to see whether or not that leads us in the direction of a possible suspect,” he says.

The IU alumnus whose car was vandalized is Jewish and felt threatened by the attack.

Executive Director of the Hillel Center Rabbi Sue Silberberg says although the crimes themselves might not have been meant to be anti-semitic, the very nature of the crime still made victims feel targeted.

“It’s still scary and it’s still a violation, and it still feels anti-semitic even if it might not be,” he says.

Bloomington police hope publicity from the anti-semitism scare will lead them to catch the person responsible for the crime.

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