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Houston Area Littered with Antisemitic ‘GDL’ Flyers Ahead of Passover

Residents of Jersey Village in Northwest Houston woke up Monday morning to antisemitic flyers on their doorsteps accusing Jewish people of being in league with Satan.

Eric Turnquist, 50, a trade compliance attorney, didn’t have one on his welcome mat but spotted a flyer on a neighbor’s lawn during his morning bike ride. His parents, who also live in the neighborhood, received one, as did at least ten people on a local neighborhood Facebook group.

“We get the standard Jehovah’s Witnesses stuff or apocalyptic church gathering people, but I’ve never seen anything this offensive,” he says. “I’ve heard of it before, but I’ve never held one in my hands.”

The flyers promote the Goyim Defense League (GDL), which runs an online television station. They are known for their offensive flyer campaigns, which blame Jewish people for everything from COVID to the Russian-Ukrainian war. They have also accused Disney of grooming children for Jewishness and other ridiculous claims. NGO StopAntisemitism has been following the GDL and their leader Jon Minadeo II for years. Houston is not new ground for Minadeo. In 2022, the white supremacist and a few followers dropped antisemitic banners along a Houston highway.

The Jersey Village campaign is dominated by a buff pencil drawing of Satan with blood dripping from his horns and the headline “Every single aspect of the Jewish Talmud is Satanic.” The flyer then goes on to wildly and inaccurately quote the Talmud for various verses. 

Overall, the flyer is a vile collection of mis- and disinformation aimed at furthering global antisemitism at a time when fascism is on the rise in the United States. For Turnquist, who identifies as a committed progressive Christian, the campaign is the cause of sadness.

“More than anything else, I’m sad,” he says. “That someone in 2023 is this profoundly broken. What am I even supposed to do with this? I’m not going to that website. They’re not convincing me of anything. I pity this person; Their life must suck.”

Source: https://www.houstonpress.com/news/goyim-defense-league-launches-anti-semitic-flyer-campaign-15419681