The Rochester area was the latest target of a notorious white supremacist group on Sunday, with residents of Irondequoit discovering plastic baggies containing antisemitic flyers and candy at the end of their driveways.
According to the StopAntisemitism advocacy organization, the hate literature was the latest work of the Goyim Defense League (GDL), which the ADL describes as a “loose network of individuals connected by their virulent antisemitism” that “espouses vitriolic antisemitism and white supremacist themes via the internet, through propaganda distributions and in street actions.”
The antisemitic flyers blamed Jewish figures for a number of social issues, including promoting gun control, “eliminating religion, replacing it with science and materialism” and “controlling the education system to spread deception,” Rochester First reported.
They also included photos of well known people who are Jewish with Stars of David superimposed over them alongside alleged accusations, including in one instance a Star of David appearing as a target on their foreheads.
“This is an unfortunate incident that the Town as well as our Police Department takes very seriously,” Irondequoit Town Supervisor Rory Fitzpatrick said in a statement.
“This is very disturbing. Irondequoit is proud of the diverse makeup of our Town. We welcome people from all walks of life and value their voices.”