But does he have a Jewish mother?
Written by Bwog Staff
Bwog mentioned the recent arrest of Ivalyo Ivanov, who admitted to a rash of anti-Jewish vandalism that occurred last September in Brooklyn Heights, in today’s QuickSpec.
But in case you missed it, here’s a quick recap: Ivanov approached the police claiming to have been shot in the finger, but soon admitted that he had shot himself. When the justifiably suspicious officers searched his apartment, they discovered bloodstained walls and a stockpile of weapons that included a sawed-off shotgun, a crossbow, and several pipe bombs.
Columbia, which had its own problems with anti-Semitic graffiti last fall, was drawn into the controversy when the NY Sun claimed that Michael Clatts, Ivanov’s roommate, and an AIDS researcher currently in Vietnam, was a Columbia professor. Columbia’s administration debunked that when it informed the Spec that Clatts is not paid or employed by the school, and has only a “voluntary affiliation.”
So, Columbia is only vaguely in the picture, but here’s the coup de grace: Ivanov is Jewish, or claims to be, leading an unconvinced rabbi to question whether he has the proper matrilineal Jewish descent. Regardless of his religion, let’s be glad he’s in custody and away from his crossbow.