• Petitioned Provost Kim Wilcox

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Michigan State University
Provost Kim Wilcox

Condemn Hate Crime Attack on Jewish Student

    1. Step Up For The Jewish People
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      Step Up For The Jewish People

Jewish student Zach Tennen was the victim of a hate crime at a party near campus on Sunday August 26. Two men approached him and asked if he was Jewish. After answering that he was, the two men proceeded to give a Nazi salute and then brutally attack him, shouting anti-Semitic racial slurs while beating him repeatedly. After Zach went unconscious the assailants stapled his mouth shut. Partygoers watched the entire assault occur and only after the attackers were finished did they call a cab for Zach to take him to the hospital.

The University's media team has said it will work with Zach to make sure he can finish his academic requirements, but no University official has publicly condemned the attack or anti-Semitic hate crimes, nor have they made any statements in support of the student. Compare this to the Compton Cookout that took place among students from UC San Diego in 2010. This event took place off campus and was non-violent, and it was immediately condemned by University officials as racist. Had Zach been black or Muslim, would the University remain silent?

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 530 signatures
    2. Cops Ignorantly Deem Attack Not Hate Crime

      Step Up For The Jewish People
      Petition Organizer

      East Lansing police have decided, based on nothing it seems, that this attack was not a hate crime. This decision was reached despite the Heil Hitlers the attackers made, the anti-Semitic slurs they shouted, their identification with the KKK, and the fact that they only attacked Zach right after he said he was a Jew.

      Tennen's father has stated that he will pursue an ethnic intimidation or hate crime suit in court if the police arrest and charge the attackers with just assault, as he rightly should!


    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • judith Brickman WALNUT CREEK, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      As the parent of four college graduates, this could have been my child. The University must take a stand to stop this anti Jewish actions.

    • Alan Schulman DUNWOODY, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      I`m retired law enforcement and this has to bestopped and addressed

    • michael blonder ATLANTA, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      absolutely incredible that none of the "party goers (apprx 20)" attempted to subdue the 2 skinheads. however, understandable based on the school and police response.

    • Andy Becker MARIETTA, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am amazed how poorly the university is managed. A place of higher learning has become a place of shame!!

    • Melissa Imhoff FARMINGTON HILLS, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      My son was a victim of anti-semetism at MSU in 2005. He got beat up by another student in his dorm because he was Jewish. Everyone stood around and watched...no one tried to stop it. I reported it to the Anti-Defamation League.


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