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LA mayor denounces attack on Jewish campus
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10:05, February 20, 2008

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Tuesday denounced a Molotov cocktail attack on a Jewish community campus in the city, calling it a "sad reminder" of racism.

"Yesterday's attack ... is a poignant and sad reminder that racism, anti-Semitism and prejudice still exist in our society," Villaraigosa said in a statement.

The fire bombing, which is being investigated as a hate crime, occurred at around 2 a.m. Monday on the Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus in the city's West Hills area, said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The building was not damaged and no injuries resulted from the incident, Lopez said. No arrests have been reported, police said.

"In a city defined by unparalleled diversity, hate crimes of any kind will not be tolerated and this incident will not go unanswered," Villaraigosa said.

"In one voice, we must condemn this attack," Villaraigosa said."As one city, we must work to ensure that no Angeleno is forced to fear for their lives or their safety because of their race, religion or ethnicity."

The Jewish Federation, which owns and operates the campus, "will continue to be vigilant in protecting all visitors to the campus," the federation's Deborah Dragon said in a statement.

Source: Xinhua

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