Michigan State Student Beaten in Anti-Semitic Attack

Jewish students across many college campuses have increasingly found themselves to be the target of abuse by pro-Palestinian activists and anti-Semites. Though the trend is largely in European countries, a disturbing attack that took place at Michigan State University shows that even American students must be on alert for the dangers of anti- Semitism on campus.


The Algemeiner covers this story:

A violent anti-Semitic hate crime took place early Sunday in East Lansing, Michigan when 19 year old Zachary Tennin was beaten unconscious and then had his mouth stapled by two men, according to his family.

Tennin, a sophomore at Michigan State University, was approached by the men at a party early on Sunday and asked if he was Jewish, his mother said.  The men proceeded to raise their right arms in a Nazi salute and said “Heil Hitler”, before beating Tennin unconscious.  According to Tennin’s mother, 20 people watched while her son had his mouth stapled by the two suspects.

“It’s an awful hate crime, and what he’s gone through emotionally and physically, it’s scary to put it into words,” Tina Tennen told the Indianapolis Star. “Hopefully the worst is behind us. It’s going to be hopefully not too rough.”

Following the attack, Tennin took a cab to a nearby hospital and would eventually receive surgery to have his jaw wired shut in Detroit.

“I hope that they get prosecuted, go to jail,” Tina Tennen told The Star. “You hear about it in the news, but I guess it’s something that you think never will happen to you.”

Tannin’s mother said her family has spoken with the school and they have been responsive. “The school’s been involved; we’ve been in touch with them.  They’ve outreached to us. But we’re still trying to find them (the attackers). The job isn’t done.”

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  • Arnie
    September 6, 2012

    This isn’t about politics or whose “side” is right, left or wrong. It’s not about Demipublicans, Republicrats, Tea Party vs. KKK, militias, Hitler vs. Obama, Romney or others.
    This “issue” is as old as the Book of Esther.
    This is all about Mordecai and Haman.

  • Beady Blossom
    September 5, 2012

    Gerald: The GOP recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel AND supports Israel whole heartedly. The DNC just claims it is IMPLIED. I do hope that the university really stands behind this student and his family.

  • Michael
    August 29, 2012

    I agree with Nikkita and Lea. Yes, the history is sad and it is repeating. The violence started by Hitler when he euphanized deformed children out of pity. Like many Progressives told Sarah Palin to do with Trig before he was born. Next it was jealousy over success like Obama has been pushing with his class warefare. Next, people like Gerald started demonizing people like the Koch brothers. The Jews were hard working and siccessful and the German government believed they deserved their wealth like the Occupy movement that Obama supports. Soon. The mercy killings of the inferior grew to include those that they were jelous of. And the German people let it happen because they looked to the government instead of standing up for what was right. Yes, we need to be wary of history repeating.

  • Don
    August 29, 2012

    When I saw “Michigan” in the headlines, my first thought was “Dearborn.” I think everyone knows what I mean.

  • Nikkita
    August 28, 2012

    My heart is full of tears. This is such a hate crime right here in Michigan just as Hitler ordered. I believe Barry (Obama) is filling this America with much anger towards each other. Wake up America this is happening to Gods children the Jews and Christians all over the world! Please pray that the hate stops. Pray for the healing of Zachary and his family and friends as I will be praying for them. God be with them and us all. Stop these hate crimes.

    • Gerald
      August 28, 2012

      I think you need to retract and rephrase that comment. This type of hate crime comes from the Fascist Right, very “Hitler’ite” to be sure but that is a product of the Koch Brothers (who are paying for Romney and Ryan) and the TEA Party people. For the people to start the problem to blame someone else for it is extreme. Michigan is well known for militia movements of the “red shirt” arm of the klan, many have been arrested and prosecuted but that does not stop hatred. Don’t blame the hate on the side that does not tolerate hate, blame it on the side that generates the hate. This is a terrible crime, yes, my prayers for the young man and his loved ones.

      • Elsie
        September 5, 2012

        Gerald: I think you need to read a little bit more history. The democrats are the party of the KKK. If that’s not a hate organization, I don’t know what is. I am a member of the TEA party, and I assure you that we do not act out of hate. The side that generates hate is the Democrat side. Pure and simple and you really ought to know better Gerald. Perhaps you are a demon rat and are trying to project your hate onto others.

    • pat
      August 28, 2012

      your statement is inaccurate. do you know anything of the history of the jews??? read up on it. fascinating and painful.

  • Lea
    August 28, 2012

    This grieves me deeply! I am very sorry to Tina Tennen and all persecuted Jewish people. Hate seems to be on the rise in our country and I find it heart breaking and frightening!

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