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.
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.”