Antisemitic flyers were distributed throughout Charlottesville’s Barracks Rugby and Venable neighborhoods over the weekend in what appears to be part of a national public relations stunt by the Goyim Defense League (GDL) hate group.
Congregation Beth Israel, Charlottesville’s only synagogue whose temple is the oldest still standing in the commonwealth, warned its congregants Monday morning to “be aware of their own personal safety when in public and at their home.”
Former Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer, who is Jewish, told The Daily Progress his street was in one of the neighborhoods the campaign targeted. He said he found the leaflets scattered on several nearby driveways on Saturday morning as he walked out to fetch the morning newspaper.
The leaflets distributed in Charlottesville were sealed in plastic bags filled with corn kernels in an apparent attempt to keep them from blowing away. “Every single aspect of the media is Jewish,” they read. “6 Jewish corporations own 96% of the media.”
The leaflets also have an advertisement for Goyim TV, a video platform owned by the Goyim Defense League and operated by self-proclaimed white supremacist Jon Minadeo II.
Minadeo’s best-known work is a banner his group claims it hung last year across a Los Angeles freeway that read, “Kanye is right about the Jews.” The rapper formerly known as Kanye West had earlier previously engaged in several rants on podcasts and social media attacking Jews.
NGO StopAntisemitism named Jon Minadeo II their ‘Antisemite of the Week.’
Congregation Beth Israel has encouraged its members to attend the synagogue’s periodic security trainings, which include “Situation Awareness,” “Run, Hide, Fight,” “Stop the Bleed,” and “White Supremacist Threat.”
Virginia Republicans Del. Terry Kilgore and state Sen. Bryce Reeves have introduced bills in the House of Delegates and state Senate, respectively, that would enforce higher criminal penalties for antisemitic hate crimes and require those crimes be entered into a database maintained by the Virginia State Police.