Anti-Semitic fliers found at Chicago campus for second time
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Anti-Semitic fliers found at Chicago campus for second time

New wave of anti-Jewish literature includes Holocaust denial, says 'ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege'

An anti-Semitic flier distributed on the campus of the University of Illinois in Chicago in March 2017. (Facebook)
An anti-Semitic flier distributed on the campus of the University of Illinois in Chicago in March 2017. (Facebook)

Anti-Semitic fliers were found in the library of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the second time such fliers were placed on the campus in the last week.

The fliers discovered on Saturday denied the Holocaust, the Chicago Sun-Times reported, including a complaint that “when you question the 6 million they put you in jail in 17 countries.”

The fliers accused Jews of receiving preferential treatment at US universities under the catchphrase “ending white privilege intersects ending Jewish privilege,” and compared the Gaza Strip to Auschwitz, saying the Palestinian territory was “the largest concentration camp in the world today” and was “owned and operated by Zionists.”

They reportedly used the same font and similar language to fliers found throughout the campus on Tuesday and Wednesday. Those fliers also claimed in bold letters that “Ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege.”

Citing survey data, the fliers then claimed that 44 percent of Jewish Americans are in the “one percent,” or the top economic percentile in the United States. About 100 of those fliers were found at locations throughout the campus.

The newest fliers also included the hashtags “#BlackLivesMatter,” “#WeAreAllMuslim” and “#StandWithPalestine,” according to WGN TV in Chicago.

Eva Zeltser, a communications student and president of Rohr Chabad, a campus Jewish organization, told the Sun Times that she emailed the school’s administration Saturday afternoon about the fliers found in the library. She posted photos of the fliers on her Facebook page.

Posted by Eva Zeltser on Saturday, 18 March 2017

Zeltser told the Sun-Times she had received death threats after the first wave of fliers, with individuals on Facebook “telling me that they are going to put me on a list for extermination and that the Holocaust never happened, but it will this time.”

Posted by Eva Zeltser on Saturday, 18 March 2017

On Wednesday, the university released a statement condemning the first flier and announced that the administration would investigate.

“Today, anti-Semitic posters were found on campus that defame, insult and negatively portray Jewish members of our campus community,” the statement said. “Such actions do not reflect the values we hold as a community. Acts that invoke hatred or violence toward members of our community will not be tolerated on our campus.”

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