An anti-Semitic flyer was seen Monday posted on a bulletin board in the University of Minnesota’s Northrup Auditorium on Monday, the school’s first day back in school after spring break. The flyers have already been removed.
The flyer is listed as having been “brought to you by” a neo-Nazi website, the same one listed on flyers put up around campus in February 2017.
In a statement released by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) and Minnesota Hillel, the two organizations said that they condemn the hateful messages, but applauded the swift action to remove them.
“The flyers depict anti-Semitic imagery and make stereotypical generalizations about Jewish influence on the gun control debate. In February 2017, anti-Semitic flyers were posted around the University of Minnesota referencing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and calling for people to join white-supremacist movements. In March 2016, printers and fax machines at multiple universities around the country (including the U of M) began unexpectedly printing anti-Semitic and racist flyers.”
The posting of the flyers comes a week after a pro-BDS referendum passed a campus-wide vote. Minnesota Hillel Executive Director Benjie Kaplan said that previous incidents happened shortly after other pro-BDS efforts, but he added there is no evidence linking the two.
“We call on all people of goodwill to recoil at these ideologies and tactics,” the JCRC/Hillel statement said. “We will remain vigilant in taking a stand against those who admire the atrocities of Nazism.”