In the latest of several antisemitic incidents in Atlanta, a wave of hateful posters hit Marietta this weekend, according to police.
The advocacy organization fighting antisemitism – StopAntisemitism – has attributed the antisemitic flyers to the Goyim Defense League (GDL). The league travels the country distributing these hateful flyers targeted Jewish communities. Similar flyers were found in a nearby city earlier this month.
A resident told Atlanta News First that he found the poster, which attacks the Jewish Anti-Defamation League (ADL), on his driveway.
“I saw this Ziploc bag filled with corn and kind of strange looking corn actually not popped and not like popcorn,” said Mary Cauthen, a resident who received the material. “It was like an anti-pamphlet about the Anti-Defamation League,” she said.
A link on the poster leads to a website showing several other antisemitic flyers.
“It made me feel really sick cause and it’s really crazy that people would do such an organized thing to sway people’s mind toward hatred,” Cauthen said. “I’ve never in my life been given hate rhetoric,” she said.
“These flyers were distributed randomly without malicious intent,” the poster says at the bottom.
“It just makes me really sad,” Cauthen said. “They should not be able to do this whomever they are. They should be stopped,” she said.
The Marietta Police Department said it received reports about the flyers on Saturday night. Police are asking the community to not approach anyone handing out antisemitic posters, but to take photos and videos of the incident “from a safe distance.”
Antisemitic flyers have been passed out in several metro Atlanta neighborhoods this year, including Alpharetta, Roswell and Lake Claire. Last Thursday, an Atlanta Jewish center in Midtown shut down and was searched by police following a bomb threat.