|(U-WIRE) MADISON, Wis. -- A U. Wisconsin-Madison
student reported swastikas etched on his car Monday, in what appears to be the second
anti-Semitic incident in as many weeks.
student, who asked to remain anonymous, said he discovered the marks after leaving his car
parked at a meter outside Grainger Hall Monday evening.
The vandalism, he said, most likely occurred
between 5 and 6 p.m., while the car was parked by Grainger or earlier in the day, when he
was parked outside of Amy's Café.
He said he considers the vandalism to be an attack
related to his New York license plates, because he said at UW there is a frequent
association of the East Coast with Jews.
He said while he has recognized feelings of
anti-Semitism at UW before, he was surprised to be singled out.
"I've never been a victim of a hate crime
before," he said. "But there are definitely some people around here who just
The student said he phoned in a
"self-report" of the incident to the Madison police, and was informed that they
would send him a copy of the official report.
At press time, the Madison police had not confirmed
the report. Police said self-reports often take longer to process, and that they would
begin an investigation as soon as they received the report.
Monday's incident follows similar vandalism two
In a Feb. 23 incident, six vehicles parked at the
Madison Inn were vandalized with swastikas. Most of the vehicles vandalized had East Coast
Following the most recent incident, Eric Brakken,
chair of Associated Students of Madison, said ASM will work to make it easier to report
hate crimes on campus.
The vandalism should not come as a surprise to the
campus community, he said.
Brakken said recent administrative decisions,
including yesterday's speech code vote and the 2008 proposal,contribute to a climate that
does not respect student concerns.
"This is supposed to be a climate of
acceptance and openness," he said. "And we are taking every step