Antisemitic messages distributed to State College homes, including one owned by a Jewish man running for a spot on Borough Council, drew a rebuke Monday from the political veteran and other community members.
The Centre Daily Times viewed at least four messages that espoused hatred for Jews, including one that called a sacred Jewish text “satanic.” Each were placed inside zip-close bags that contained rice.
State College Borough Council candidate and former council president Evan Myers said the manner in which the messages were delivered — it appeared as if someone threw the bags out of a window as they drove by — led him to believe it was a “well-thought-out distribution.”
“I certainly won’t be intimidated by this. It certainly is extremely troublesome; these were vile messages. I can only believe they were meant to intimidate people. In some ways, it’s not unexpected,” Myers said. “… There’s no mistake that it’s part of a larger pattern of hate, racism and homophobia and Islamophobia and misogyny and anti- immigration thoughts.”
Myers said he and some of his neighbors received the messages Sunday. They were reported to the borough’s police department. The CDT left messages with two officers that weren’t returned as of Monday afternoon. It’s unclear how many people received the bags.
“It’s dangerous. At some point, unfortunately, words sometimes translate into action and unless people do point it out, call it out, say ‘It’s wrong,’ sometimes some people think it’s OK,” Myers said. “And it’s definitely not OK.”
The antisemitic material was made public Sunday in a Facebook post by State College Area School District board member Peter Buck. “To call them disgusting is an understatement,” Buck wrote. “The sickness of hatred mus(t) be fought every day by all of us.”
The Jewish advocacy group StopAntisemitism has been tracking the activities of those responsible – the Goyim Defense League’ or ‘GDL’ for nearly five years and state they vilify Jews with their premeditated hate campaigns.