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Human Rights Group Warns Of Anti-Semitic Fliers In Helena

Sep 27, 2019

 

The Montana Human Rights Network this week warned of anti-Semitic fliers showing up on doorsteps and car windshields in Helena.

The material targeting Jewish people and Israel was dropped in neighborhoods near the state Capitol building a week before the celebration of Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish new year.

That’s according to Rachel Carroll Rivas with the Montana Human Rights Network.

Carroll Rivas says the papers seen in Helena are similar to a series of anti-Semitic papers distributed in Missoula earlier this year.

She says the cars and homes that received the flyers seems random.

Carroll Rivas says the appearance of the material in Montana is sporadic, but the hate speech is part of a larger issue.

“What we’ve seen the last few years is generally an up-tick in white supremacists, white nationalist activity in the state. And the mainstreaming of those ideas,” says Carroll Rivas.

In a statement from Montana Human Rights Network following the fliers appearance in Helena, Rabbi Lauri Franklin of Missoula Har Shalom called the action of spreading the material cowardly and destructive.

Franklin wrote “Let’s affirm the right of all Montanans to live in safety and in an environment of mutual acceptance and appreciation.”