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Anti-Semitic flyer in German tram blames Jews for the COVID pandemic

A post with a photo of an anti-Semitic flyer found on a tram in Cologne, Germany, blaming Jews for the COVID-19 pandemic, February 10, 2021. (Grandmothers Against The Right/Instagram via JTA)
A post with a photo of an anti-Semitic flyer found on a tram in Cologne, Germany, blaming Jews for the COVID-19 pandemic, February 10, 2021. (Grandmothers Against The Right/Instagram via JTA)

Anti-Semitic flyers have been found on a tram in Cologne, Germany, blaming Jews for the ongoing pandemic.

The black-and-white flyer reads: “Do we really have a Corona problem? Or do we have a Jewish problem?” with a Star of David in the background next to the names of three prominent German politicians — Chancellor Angela Merkel, Health Minister Jens Spahn, Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas — and virologist Christian Drosten.

None of them are Jewish, but the flyer claims they are.

“The more Jews in politics and media, the worse things are!” it reads.

Several German protests against coronavirus restrictions have featured anti-Semitic rhetoric and comparisons of the restrictions to what Jews went through in the Holocaust.

The flyers have been found by Omas Gegen Rechts (Grandmothers Against The Right), a citizen-led democratic initiative that’s been recognized by the Central Council of Jews in Germany for its activism.

The Omas group says in an Instagram post that it has filed a police complaint.

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