Nassau County Police: New York Community College Student Arrested for Spray-Painting 110 Swastikas on Campus Motivated by Perceived Slights From Jewish Neighbors
A Nassau Community College (NCC) student responsible for spray-painting 110 swastikas and other antisemitic graffiti at different locations on campus acted out of the belief that Jews were out to get him, police said.
Jasskirat Saini, 20, was “motivated by perceived slights of the Jewish community in his neighborhood in Plainview,” Nassau County Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter told reporters.
Saini was arrested Tuesday for crimes committed over a two-month period, including vandalizing property with the swastikas and phrases like “Heil Hitler,” “KKK” and “Germany.” His antisemitic spree began on October 15, police said, when he drew three Nazi symbols in a men’s room.
Saini, who was has been charged with 12 counts of aggravated harassment and is being held on $60,000 bail, was apprehended when detectives investigating the graffiti caught him in the act of painting offensive images.
NCC President W. Hubert Keen told Long Island TV station News 12 that the campus community is “deeply saddened that the alleged perpetrator is a student. We will use this unfortunate series of events as an object lesson for our students, faculty and staff.”
Saini’s arrest comes as US universities grapple with a spike in antisemitic expression. As The Algemeiner reported, in the month of November alone, a campus watchdog group recorded 40 cases of swastika graffiti and the scrawling of anti-Jewish slurs on campuses across the country.