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September 26, 2019

Antisemitic flyers placed in Helena

Helena, MT - The Montana Human Rights Network is urging community members to speak out against the antisemitic message contained in flyers found around Helena this week.

"Traditionally targeted communities don't know where folks stand if they don't speak up," MHRN co-director Rachel Carroll Rivas said in a press release Wednesday. "When this kind of literature is dropped in communities, the purpose is to spread antisemitism and target the local Jewish community. In response, we need to support our Jewish friends and neighbors and condemn these efforts to divide our communities."
The flyers were found Sunday on the windshields of vehicles within a 10-block radius of the State Capitol. The materials were not on the vehicles the previous evening, indicating that they were placed there overnight
"You don't have to be challenged on your ideas if you drop something on a car in the dead of night," Rivas said. "They don't have to look into the face of the people they're dehumanizing."
According to MHRN, the flyers contained a message based on conspiracies and half-truths and were similar to antisemitic materials found in Missoula earlier this year.
The materials appear to have been printed on a home computer on traditional letter-sized paper with large margins. According to MHRN, the literature attempts to invoke Israel in order to mask the underlying antisemitic message.
Rivas said there was nothing identifying a source of the literature or who placed it on the vehicles, although MHRN has its suspicions. Rivas said it's important to by aware that there are people in our area who wish to divide the community.
"They're not interested in a community dialogue on policy issues," Rivas said. "They're interested in sowing division and intimidation of a group of people, in this case Jewish people."
Source: abcfoxmontana