‘Kill Zionist Entity’: Kingsborough Community College Administrator Targeted by Antisemitic Graffiti
An antisemitic message was recently found outside the office of an administrator at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, written atop a photograph of his late father.
Mike Goldstein, a director of outreach and community marketing, told Campus Reform he found the words “F**k Trump Goldstein/Kill Zionist Entity” scribbled on a picture of Leon Goldstein — a former president of Kingsborough — that hung next to his office door.
While several other images of former faculty and staff members from the college were on display beside the same photograph, only the one showing his deceased father was targeted, Goldstein observed.
He said he filled out an internal report on the incident, which the college — part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system — will be treating as destruction of private property, rather than a hate crime. While the college is unable to set up an alarm under his desk in response to personal safety concerns, or point a camera toward his office, they did offer to move his office, Goldstein added.
However, he indicated that did not take up the offer, as the school could not confirm where his new office would be located.
Goldstein noted that while he believed “the individuals behind the graffiti did research me,” he had not previously been the target of a similar attack.
“I think the atmosphere at the college has changed considerably, especially when it comes to Jews or those who might be considered Pro-Israel,” he told Campus Reform. “It appears that there are a number of anti-Semitic individuals at the college who like to cloak their hatred of Jews behind a camouflage of anti-Zionism and other rhetoric, but what it truly is, is the same age old hatred of Jews that has existed for centuries.”
Goldstein shared that while he voted for President Barack Obama in 2008, he switched party affiliations in 2012 and is now a supporter of President Donald Trump. “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me — especially with Israel,” he asserted.
Goldstein has previously crossed paths with the Trump family. During his father’s presidency, Kingsborough bestowed an honor on Fred and Mary Trump at a gala attended by “the entire Trump family, including Donald, who absolutely loved Kingsborough and the honor they offered his parents,” he said.
In the wake of the vandalism, he said he keeps a baseball bat by his desk, and will be buying a special local for his office. “I just don’t feel safe at all anymore,” he said.
A spokesperson for Kingsborough told Campus Reform that the New York City Police Department and Kingsborough Public Safety Department have been informed of the incident. “Kingsborough Community College strives to create a workplace and academic environment that excludes all types of harassment and discrimination,” he said.