Anti-Semitic graffiti
Sign for new center shows anti-Semitic graffiti. Courtesy Hillel San Diego

The Anti-Defamation League announced Wednesday it is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for anti-Semitic graffiti last weekend on a sign celebrating the planned UC San Diego Hillel center.

“We hope this reward facilitates the quick apprehension of whoever is behind this hateful vandalism” said Tammy Gillies, ADL San Diego regional director. “The graffiti, which includes lettering similar to a swastika, and derogatory language impacts the entire community.”

The $15 million project was unanimously approved by both the San Diego Planning Commission and City Council last year after 20 years of effort by supporters. However, the project still faces a lawsuit from neighbors who oppose it.

Earlier this year, the ADL released an audit of anti-Semitic incidents that reported a 41 percent increase in San Diego, with many occurring on college campuses.

Anyone with information about the latest vandalism is encouraged to contact the San Diego Police or submit a tip to San Diego County Crime Stoppers.

“We commend the San Diego Police Department for investigating these hateful acts,” Gillies said.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.