(JTA) — Hundreds gathered in Sacramento on the steps of the California state capitol for a rally against anti-Semitism.
Monday’s rally, organized by the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento region, attracted Jewish community leaders and members, politicians and others, the local television station Fox 40 reported.
The rally followed a recent incident at the nearby University of California, Davis, in which the house for the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi was vandalized with a pair of swastikas, and after a resident of Sacramento’s River Park neighborhood publicly posted American and Israeli flags adorned with swastikas.
At the rally, former State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg urged University of California campuses to adopt resolutions rejecting anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and racism, according to the Sacramento Bee.
On a nearby sidewalk, pro-Palestinian protesters carried signs criticizing Israel for alleged human rights abuses.
The rally came as California State Sen. Richard Pan is proposing a law that would require anti-discrimination and civil rights training for all student governmental bodies, according to the television station CBSSacramento.