Investigation underway after reports of antisemitic banners hung on bike overpass at UC Davis – KCRA Sacramento

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UC Davis police are investigating after reports over the weekend of racist and antisemitic banners being hung across a bicycle overpass on campus. The incident happened on the Blue Ridge Road Bikeway and Highway 113 overpass. Police said that witnesses reported seeing three or four people standing on the overpass around 3 p.m. hanging signs with antisemitic messages on them. One of the witnesses told police they confronted the people holding the signs and got into an argument, but no injuries were reported. The group holding the signs later left on foot and hung their signs on the Russel Boulevard overpass, police said. UC Davis police said the incident did not rise to the level of a hate crime, but it was determined to be a hate incident of concern.UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May said that a similar incident happened the weekend before. We are sickened that anyone would invest any time in such cowardly acts of hate and intimidation. They have no place here. We encourage our community to stand against antisemitism and racism, May said in a statement released Sunday.Jewish leaders on campus are condemning the the hate, calling it brazen and disturbing. Barry Klein, President of the Board of Directors for Hillel at Davis and Sacramento, told KCRA 3 that "It hits hard to all of us, because there's probably not a person in the Jewish community that isn't connected through family or friends of somebody who was lost in the Holocaust," Klein said.Klein also said he will be working at Hillel to educate students on how to handle these types of hate incidents. This comes as antisemitic incidents are on the rise across the country, including in California. The Anti-Defamation League has tracked incidents of antisemitism since the 1970s. According ADL data, there were 70 antisemitic incidents in northern California and 367 across the state in 2021. The statewide number is up 27% compared to 2020."While we are just a little bit over halfway done with 2022, we know that the drumbeat has been strong and steady and antisemitic incidents continue to be on the rise," ADL Central Pacific Regional Deputy Director Teresa Drenick said. "Don't be afraid to speak up, because we all have to be courageous.""I was disturbed to see the photos of banners hung from a prominent local overpass with anti-Semitic messages. Hate has no place in Davis. As Mayor, I unequivocally stand with our Jewish community in Davis, at UC Davis and beyond," Mayor Lucas Frerichs said in a statement.

UC Davis police are investigating after reports over the weekend of racist and antisemitic banners being hung across a bicycle overpass on campus.

The incident happened on the Blue Ridge Road Bikeway and Highway 113 overpass.

Police said that witnesses reported seeing three or four people standing on the overpass around 3 p.m. hanging signs with antisemitic messages on them.

One of the witnesses told police they confronted the people holding the signs and got into an argument, but no injuries were reported.

The group holding the signs later left on foot and hung their signs on the Russel Boulevard overpass, police said.

UC Davis police said the incident did not rise to the level of a hate crime, but it was determined to be a hate incident of concern.

UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May said that a similar incident happened the weekend before.

We are sickened that anyone would invest any time in such cowardly acts of hate and intimidation. They have no place here. We encourage our community to stand against antisemitism and racism, May said in a statement released Sunday.

Jewish leaders on campus are condemning the the hate, calling it brazen and disturbing. Barry Klein, President of the Board of Directors for Hillel at Davis and Sacramento, told KCRA 3 that

"It hits hard to all of us, because there's probably not a person in the Jewish community that isn't connected through family or friends of somebody who was lost in the Holocaust," Klein said.

Klein also said he will be working at Hillel to educate students on how to handle these types of hate incidents. This comes as antisemitic incidents are on the rise across the country, including in California. The Anti-Defamation League has tracked incidents of antisemitism since the 1970s. According ADL data, there were 70 antisemitic incidents in northern California and 367 across the state in 2021. The statewide number is up 27% compared to 2020.

"While we are just a little bit over halfway done with 2022, we know that the drumbeat has been strong and steady and antisemitic incidents continue to be on the rise," ADL Central Pacific Regional Deputy Director Teresa Drenick said. "Don't be afraid to speak up, because we all have to be courageous."

"I was disturbed to see the photos of banners hung from a prominent local overpass with anti-Semitic messages. Hate has no place in Davis. As Mayor, I unequivocally stand with our Jewish community in Davis, at UC Davis and beyond," Mayor Lucas Frerichs said in a statement.

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