[Ed. – Aside: Was the student elected study body president because of her ethnicity, her sex, or her religion?]
The student body president at the University of California, Los Angeles returned to campus Monday to find her mezuzah vandalized in an apparent anti-Semitic incident.
Arielle Yael Mokhtarzadeh, a proud descendant of Iranian Jews, went public with the incident Wednesday on Facebook, posting a picture of what remained of the mezuzah and claiming that this is the second incident of its kind at UCLA, her predecessor having endured the same experience just last year.
“The Mezuzah is a Jewish ornament containing a small, handcrafted scroll with one of Judaism’s most central prayers,” Mokhtarzadeh wrote, explaining that the ornament allows people to show pride in their Jewish identity.
Notably, UCLA was ranked the sixth worst school for Jewish students in 2016 by The Algemeiner, a Jewish news site, which cited “radical anti-Israel events” hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA and annual events “demonizing Israel and Jews.”
In her Facebook post, however, Mokhtarzadeh vowed that the incident won’t deter her from publicly embracing her Jewish identity, adding that she plans to replace the stolen mezuzah.