Residents in Wausau say they received antisemitic leaflets stuffed in their mailboxes over the weekend that connects Jewish religious law with satanism.
The propaganda distribution comes amid a wave of anti-Jewish sentiment in Wisconsin and nationwide, and at a time when a Wausau mayoral candidate has repeatedly expressed his own antisemitic views. The same man, Christopher Wood, spoke during a Marathon County committee meeting to accuse Jews who have “dual citizenship with Israel” of creating a COVID-19 “scam” during a public meeting, amid a mix of stunned gaps and applause from the crowd.
The Jewish advocacy group StopAntisemitism has been tracking the activities of those responsible – the Goyim Defense League’ or ‘GDL’ for over five years and state they vilify Jews with their premeditated hate campaigns.
Wausau resident Dave Prokop shared the leaflet he found in his mailbox, which has a link to an antisemitic propaganda website and urges readers to research the Talmud and the influence of the Jewish people. The website itself features additional printable flyers that link mass immigration, Disney, feminism, Donald Trump’s campaign fundraising and even the 9/11 tragedy to Jews.
The website also gives details on how to distribute flyers to promote anti-Jewish sentiment while avoiding criminal prosecution.
The flip side of the flyer calls out national media outlets and says they are controlled by Jewish people.
Since the Hamas massacre in Israel on Oct. 7, U.S. antisemitic incidents have reached alarming, historic highs.
In October, a group of people dressed in Jewish costumes, described by witnesses as caricatures, circulated anti-Semitic leaflets on Halloween throughout the neighborhood.
Residents responded on social media with anger and called the actions “awful” and “sickening.”
“So very sad to see this,” wrote one poster.