Oregon highway overpasses eclipsed by anti-Semitic banners
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Oregon highway overpasses eclipsed by anti-Semitic banners

Travelers heading to view solar event greeted with 'UNJEW HUMANITY' and 'Jewish Financing Available'

A sign welcoming eclipse visitors August 19, 2017 in Madras, Oregon. The town is preparing for the August 21 total solar eclipse that will be visible across the continental US.  (AFP PHOTO / STAN HONDA)
A sign welcoming eclipse visitors August 19, 2017 in Madras, Oregon. The town is preparing for the August 21 total solar eclipse that will be visible across the continental US. (AFP PHOTO / STAN HONDA)

Signs with anti-Semitic messages were hung on highway overpasses in Oregon, which is welcoming visitors hoping to experience Monday’s rare solar eclipse.

The banners were hung on two northbound highways, which were heavily traveled by California tourists heading to the state to get a better view of the celestial event, according to local reports.

The banners read, “UNJEW HUMANITY,” “Eclipse Whitey,” and “Jewish Financing Available,” the Oregon Statesman Journal reported on Saturday. They were taken down later on Saturday.

Beth Dershowitz of Sacramento told the Oregonian in an email that the banners upset her, her husband Michael, and their children during their family road trip on Saturday. She said her husband took photos of the banners to show state transportation officials.

“I cannot believe that we still have to face this vicious anti-Semitism in such a public place in 2017,” she wrote. “We want to expose this hatred so people stop pretending like it isn’t happening in our own backyards.”

In June, a sign blaming Jews for the September 11 attacks was hung from a pedestrian bridge over an interstate highway in Portland, Oregon.

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