Jasskirat Saini, a 20-year-old of Plainview, New Jersey, has been arrested and charged with drawing smearing anti-Semitic graffiti on the campus of Nassau Community College in East Garden City. He was arrested on December 20 after multiple incidents of drawing swastikas on campus buildings were reported since October. 
 
Most of the Nazi symbols were found in men’s lavatories in a number of buildings on the college campus. According to police, Saini drew swastikas on the exterior wall of one building and then “KKK” on the floor of another. Swastikas were also found on the exterior wall of a Seven-Eleven store.
 
Police had been searching for the culprit for weeks in response to reports of swastikas being found drawn on buildings. 
 
Saini is charged with multiple counts of aggravated harassment and was arraigned on December 21 at First District Court in Hempstead.
 
Initial media coverage of the swastikas were tied to the election of Donald Trump. According to The Long Island Press, “Although three of the incidents occurred before Nov. 8, the latest discovery has further troubled minority and Jewish groups amid a surge of hate crimes across the country following the election of Donald Trump.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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