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Antisemitic flyers found in Lincoln Park, North Side City Council member says – NBC Chicago

Anti-Semitic leaflets, including some targeting the Anti-Defamation League, were discovered Monday morning in Lincoln Park, according to Ald. Timmy Knudsen.

In an email to residents of the 43rd Precinct, Knudsen wrote that his office was informed of an “anti-Semitic flyer being distributed in downtown Lincoln Park, some of which were placed in bags containing a poison-like substance.” -rats”.

The flyer, which was folded in clear bags, attacked the Anti-Defamation League and included a website linked to the Goyim Defense League, which the ADL described as a “loose network of individuals linked by their virulent anti-Semitism.” .

In February, the group also distributed anti-Semitic leaflets found on car windshields in Bucktown.

Knudsen wrote that he contacted the Anti-Defamation League because some flyers contained their logo.

“We are aware of and disgusted by the anti-Semitic fliers, some referencing the ADL, that were found in Lincoln Park,” said David Goldenberg, ADL Midwest regional director. “We are concerned about an apparent escalation from previous thefts and the presence of an unknown substance in the bags. We have spoken with the CPD and thank Alderman Knudsen for his strong condemnation.

State Sen. Sara Feigenholtz, a Chicago Democrat, shared the discovery of the flyers in an X-rated post, calling it a “blatant act of hate.”

“As a member of the Jewish community and a proud Chicagoan, I will not back down from the rise of anti-Semitism and hatred in our city,” she said in her post on the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

Around 8:30 a.m., nine clear plastic bags containing a flyer and an unknown substance were found on various vehicles and in doorways in the 500 block of West Grant Place, according to Chicago police.

About a half hour later, another 75 clear bags containing flyers and an unknown substance were found in the 500 block of West Belden Avenue, police said.

A police department spokesperson would not confirm the message on the flyers.

“To the people who are spreading these fliers, I have a clear message: you are committing acts of hate,” Knudsen wrote in the email. “Your threats against the Jewish community are disgusting and despicable, and will not be tolerated in our community. »

Monday’s incident is the latest in a series of anti-Semitic messages discovered in Lincoln Park this year.

In early February, “signs and flyers” containing anti-Semitic messages were found on several vehicles parked in the 2100-2200 block of North Magnolia Avenue, police said.

Separately, between 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 2 and 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 3, police received reports of 40 to 50 flyers posted on vehicles parked in the 5400 and 5500 blocks of North Magnolia Avenue, officials said. responsible.

“To the Jewish community of the 43rd Precinct and Chicago: I will continue to stand with you in the face of anti-Semitism and dangerous acts of incitement like we saw today,” Knudsen wrote.

“While anyone spreading these messages seeks to sow hatred and fear, please know that my office and our government partners are committed to ensuring Chicago remains a place where everyone is celebrated, included and safe.”

“Unfortunately, Lincoln Park residents have been the target of anti-Semitic and white supremacist propaganda over the past few months,” Goldenberg said. “Enough is enough.”


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