Stu­dent’s mezuzah ‘flushed down pan’

The Jewish Chronicle - - HOME NEWS - BY ALEX KAS­RIEL

AN AP­PAR­ENT an­tisemitic in­ci­dent took place at Pem­broke Col­lege, Ox­ford, last term when a mezuzah be­long­ing to a Jewish stu­dent, who does not want to be iden­ti­fied, was flushed down a lava­tory by three non-Jewish and al­legedly drunk stu­dents.

Tom Howard, of the private Catholic col­lege, St Benet’s Hall, is be­lieved to be one of the stu­dents in­volved in the prank, but has re­fused to com­ment. But it is thought that St Benet’s Hall, a con­stituent col­lege of Ox­ford Univer­sity, has tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended him, pend­ing fur­ther in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion this week­end.

The other two stu­dents, from Pem­broke, are be­ing dealt with by their col­lege, but as yet no ac­tion has been taken be­cause there is in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence.

A spokesman from the col­lege said: “Pem­broke Col­lege has a code of con­duct to which all stu­dents, staff, fel­lows and lec­tur­ers are sub­ject, in which is stated the aim to pro­mote a fair and hu­mane en­vi­ron­ment for all its mem­bers.

“The pur­pose is to en­sure that all mem­bers of the col­lege com­mu­nity re­spect each other’s per­sonal feel­ings. This in­cludes per­sonal re­spect in re­gard to eth­nic­ity and na­tion­al­ity, so­cial back­ground, gen­der, re­li­gious or philo­soph­i­cal mat­ters, sex­ual mat­ters, pri­vacy and mat­ters con­cern­ing health and dis­abil­ity.

“Any al­le­ga­tion of a breach of this code would be sub­ject of in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion within the col­lege, and would nat­u­rally be taken very se­ri­ously in­deed.”

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