Michigan State student suffers broken jaw in alleged anti-Semitic assault

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(JNS.org) Michigan State University (MSU) sophomore Zachary Tennen underwent surgery to repair his broken jaw following what his mother says was a brutal anti-Semitic attack after a party on Aug. 26.

According to Zachary’s mother, Tina Tennen, the attackers asked him if he was Jewish, and after he replied yes, they raised their right arms in a Nazi salute and said “Heil Hitler” before knocking him unconscious and stapling his mouth shut, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The family has filed a report with the East Lansing Police Department. So far the police do not have any suspects.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has reached out to the victim’s family and released a statement condemning the incident. “We are horrified by this violent assault and allegations that the student may have been viciously attacked because he was Jewish,” said Betsy Kellman, the ADL Detroit Regional Director. 

MSU officials have also contacted the family and offered their support. “Michigan State University’s Student Affairs and Services office has reached out to the family of the student… to provide the academic and other support,” a spokesperson said. 

Tina Tennen said that her son hopes to return to classes in about a week.

Posted on August 28, 2012 .