ADL Strongly Condemns Hate Crime at San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA, October 12, 2007 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) strongly condemns the August 30 anti-Semitic assaults that allegedly occurred on the campus of San Francisco State University as well as in a San Francisco nightclub.
Today, a San Francisco State University student was charged with a hate crime, two counts of battery, and one count of making criminal threats against a San Francisco State University student. These charges stem from an incident that occurred at a San Francisco nightclub. This is one of two anti-Semitic assaults, involving the same SFSU student victim.
In the first incident, a San Francisco State University student was allegedly told to go 'join the Nazi party, Jew!' and was then spat upon by his assailant. The second incident, involving the same victim, allegedly occurred that night at a San Francisco nightclub. During this attack, this student was verbally threatened and knocked to the ground by the same assailant.
"When not effectively confronted, hateful speech can lead to violent hate crime. "These frightening incidents are evidence of how unchecked hatred escalates from attitudes, to name calling and harassment, and finally to violent assaults." Nonetheless, we are confident that the entire San Francisco State University community will speak out forcefully against these attacks and the hatred they represent," said Jonathan Bernstein, Regional Director, ADL Central Pacific Region.
ADL is currently working with both the campus and San Francisco police departments, and has had direct conversations with the University President Robert Corrigan and SFSU Police Chief Gaston to reinforce the seriousness with which the Jewish community takes these attacks.
In 2006 ADL trained the entire SFSU Department of Public Safety in the nature, unique victim impact, and special investigative concerns involved just this sort of hate-motivated violence. We are pleased with the immediate and vigorous investigation with which SFSU law enforcement has responded to these assaults.
Additionally, we have urged the campus administration to respond quickly with disciplinary action against the perpetrators. Such actions will help send an unambiguous message to both the perpetrators and the community at large: Hatred has no place at San Francisco State University.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.