Campus menorah damaged for fourth time since 2015 (w/video)

Campus menorah damaged for fourth time since 2015 (w/video)

University of Illinois police are searching for two people who were allegedly involved in removing a branch of a large menorah on campus over the weekend, the fourth time the menorah has been damaged since 2015.

In a video of the incident, two people are seen with a shopping cart walking by the menorah at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life on Fourth Street in Champaign about 10:50 p.m. Friday. Both men attempt to move and shake the menorah before one of them is able to remove one of the branches.

Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel said the branch, which has been returned, is broken. He said the Chabad Center is working with an architect to design a menorah that is made of steel, and they hope to have the new one up by Hanukkah in December.

No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call UI police at 217-333-1216 or Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477.

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whatithink wrote on October 30, 2017 at 4:10 pm

Hahaha.  I don't think that kid was trying to break it, it is just that flimsy of construction that it broke off that easy.  Looks like he was going to grab and shake it some more, and the branch broke off and took him by surprise?  Maybe he is offended by it, and thinks it should be removed? 

Thought they were supposse to get a better one when it got broke last time?

Berto71 wrote on October 30, 2017 at 6:10 pm

"Maybe he is offended by it, and thinks it should be removed?"  Really?? And you think that would make it all right?? Now, that's truly offensive. 

 

CallSaul wrote on October 30, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Remember, according to Trump, people who do such things are 'very fine people' who just want to 'protect their heritage,' or as they also say, the 'Blood and Soil'...

Again, the Republican president of the United States insists they're simply misunderstood and really are 'very fine people'...

Notsoaveragejoe wrote on October 30, 2017 at 5:10 pm

@Saul, thank you for my daily dose of entertainment. What happened at Chabad is truly sad and wrong. If they're students, I hope they're identified and punished by the university. I voted for Trump. So, there you go. I don't think he would have won if his platform was based around hatred as so many liberal like to snivel. I will also look forward to your comments after he wins re-election. Perhaps you will post those from Canada, eh?

CallSaul wrote on October 30, 2017 at 6:10 pm

Som uh, you still feel really really good about voting for someone who bragged, shortly after getting married for the third time to his former mistress, about sexually assaulting women --- grabbing them by the genitals --- and then laughed and laughed because, as he boasted, they felt absolutely powerless to do anything about it...?

Good to know...

It's also not a surprise, frankly, that you don't have a problem with his disgusting racism and bigotry either...

...or, of course, his coddling of white nationalists, KKK terrorists and nazis...

But don't ever forget: he lost the popular vote by 3 million and only got over the top in the electoral college with the help of Putin and his stooges...

...as we learned some more about today and as we'll learn much much more about soon enough...

Tick...tock...tick...tock...tick...

GLG wrote on October 31, 2017 at 8:10 pm

When Trump is reelected "CallSaul" will change his screen name like he has done after being banned on here before!. Saul tell me I'm wrong?? Whats your name? Something "Taylor" or was it #1LWNJ?

CallSaul wrote on November 03, 2017 at 8:11 am

Hunh...?

It's looking increasingly unlikely that the nazi coddling Trump will even finish this term so he likely won't even get the chance to lose the popular vote by millions again...

Mueller's investigation is proceeding apace. People from the Trump campaign and the Trump administration are talking, as are many of his various criminal associates and even, it seems, members of the Trump crime family itself are ready to spill the beans on Trump and his criminal conspirators....

Tick...tock...tick...tock...tick...

rsp wrote on October 30, 2017 at 8:10 pm

I'm confused. They first started collecting money to replace it over two years ago. What happened to the money? Did they not collect enough? There was also some restitution money if I remember correctly. It's past time to get this fixed. Maybe it can be finished in time for Hanukkah.

JamBam wrote on October 30, 2017 at 11:10 pm

They probably should stop paying for video surveillance if even that doesn't stop people from screwing with it.  Everyone knows there's a camera on that and they still mess with it.  If the Menorah was an INDIAN symbol, you'd have far leftists cheering on this destruction of property. 

Roanrider wrote on October 31, 2017 at 9:10 am

Why don’t they hotwire  the thing? Light up anyone who touches it. That would teach the little brats to stay off private property.

Roanrider wrote on October 31, 2017 at 9:10 am

dupe

jules1952 wrote on October 31, 2017 at 11:10 am

I would like to know what the driver and/or passengers of that car were doing?  Did they have any part in this stunt?  Why were they pulling forward, sitting for a while, then backing up and sitting there while all of this was happening?  I am willing to bet that somewhere out there on social media there is more video to be seen and from a completely different angle.

Bulldogmojo wrote on November 02, 2017 at 4:11 pm

 

Doesn't word get around that there has always been a camera on that thing? LOL Students are stupid

Maybe just have an image of one projected on the building, of course expect a few drunks to try and grab that one too.

If they catch them make them pay out of state tuition rates

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on November 02, 2017 at 8:11 pm

Jimmy

 

You are well aware that the last person to damage Menorah was a U of I softball player along with her drunken date.  ( both were intoxicated) the student was allowed to plead guilty and get a suspended sentence.  She apologized and was allowed to play on the team this spring.

 

But you knew that. 

 

Had nothing to do with hate.. but with alcohol

 

But you knew that.

 

You just had your weekly dog whistle out blaming Trump.

 

Time to get a new line before  you look even more stupid than you are now.

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on November 02, 2017 at 8:11 pm

Jimmy

 

You are well aware that the last person to damage Menorah was a U of I softball player along with her drunken date.  ( both were intoxicated) the student was allowed to plead guilty and get a suspended sentence.  She apologized and was allowed to play on the team this spring.

 

But you knew that. 

 

Had nothing to do with hate.. but with alcohol

 

But you knew that.

 

You just had your weekly dog whistle out blaming Trump.

 

Time to get a new line before  you look even more stupid than you are now.