Muslim Prayer Room Vandalized in Jerusalem College

Hadassah Academic College decries event; no cameras captured break-in.

The vandalized Muslim prayer room at Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem.
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A Muslim prayer room at Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem was vandalized, including the ripping of posters with inscriptions from the Koran. The damage was found by students who came to the room Tuesday.

The room was set aside for Muslim prayer at the request of Arab Muslim students. According to students, the college allocated it a few years ago following a request to universities and colleges throughout the country, led by the student group Aakra, affiliated with the northern branch of the Islamic Movement. Most academic institutions have acceded to the request and provided a room for Muslim prayer, just as there is a room for Jewish prayer or a synagogue on campuses.

A student, Ali Kamel, told Haaretz that the students found the damage Tuesday and that there was no Koran in the room and thus no holy books were desecrated.

According to Kamel, no one knows when the damage was done or the identity of the perpetrators because there are no cameras in the room. “We expect the college leadership to do what is required to prevent such an incident in the future,” he said.

Hadassah Academic College said in a statement that the college “regrets the unusual incident of vandalism that occurred in the Muslim prayer room. Hadassah Academic College rejects all violence and is dealing with the incident without bias, according to law. We have gone to the police about it and we will do everything required at any time in opposite cases as well. Hadassah Academic College is an apolitical academic institution that encourages higher education for everyone, coexistence, dialogue and cooperation as it was in the past and will be in the future.”