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Gainesville Residents Targeted with Antisemitic Flyers

More antisemitic flyers are being found on lawns around Gainesville this weekend.

It’s the second time in as many months that residents have reported finding bags weighed down by corn kernels with antisemitic and anti-immigrant messaging.

City Commissioner-elect Bryan Eastman said he found one on his lawn in the Oakview neighborhood.

“It’s disgusting, and has no place in Gainesville,” he wrote on Twitter.

The StopAntisemitism watchdog organization tweeted about the flyers, identifying Jon Minadeo II and his group – Goyim Defense League – as those responsible for the harassment campaign.

The paper Eastman saw pointed to some members within the Biden administration being Jewish.

“Every single aspect of the Biden administration is Jewish,” the flyer said.

There were several variations found around town, taking aim at news media and Disney among others. “Every aspect of Disney child grooming is Jewish,” one flyer said.

City Commissioner Harvey Ward also found a different version in his Brywood neighborhood. The flyer appeared to connect dating and pornography sites to some founders or company leaders who are Jewish.

“Every reasonable person condemns this detestable, apparently coordinated action,” Ward said. “But on a more insidious level I worry that the coarseness of political conversation in our community and across our nation makes this sort of thing less horrifying than it should be.”

Also in Brywood, resident Roan McNab said he saw several around his home. He called the Gainesville Police Department. In an email to The Gainesville Sun, he suggested police check security cameras. 

Last month, residents in the Rosemont neighborhood also called GPD and the FBI’s Jacksonville office after receiving similar messaging. One vehicle was picked up by a Ring camera, but GPD would not release the footage, citing its ongoing investigation.

“I am aware that even racists have 1st amendment rights,” McNab wrote, “but this kind of behavior is reprehensible, and it is important that a light be cast on this and that it be denounced.”

Reports related to antisemitism in Florida have increased in recent years, the Anti-Defamation League has said. It received 190 reports in 2021, up from 127 in 2020 and 91 in 2019.