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Police investigating a hate crime that targeted a Jewish Oberlin College professor

Posted at 10:26 AM, Nov 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-19 10:26:40-05

A Jewish professor at Oberlin College was woken in the middle of the night to find a note with the words "GAS JEW DIE" on a note stuck to his front door. 

It was around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday when the professor and his wife were shaken from their sleep by noises from outside their home. Police say the man checked his front porch and found decorations destroyed and the crudely made note left behind. 

The professor told police he believes the incident was motivated by he and his wife's Jewish faith. Police say the two have no problems with neighbors or any known enemies in the community.

The Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on the FBI to investigate the incident. 

"CAIR stands in solidarity with the Jewish community and all marginalized groups who are facing a surge in hate crimes and targeting," the organization said in a statement. 

The Oberlin couple told police they didn't think anyone broke into the house, all their doors and windows were locked. Neither witnessed anyone leaving the scene.