Antisemitic Flyers Accusing Jews of Attacking First Amendment Found at University of Montana
Antisemitic flyers accusing Jews of attacking the First Amendment of the US Constitution were discovered at the University of Montana campus on Friday.
Placed under the windshield wipers of cars parked outside student housing buildings, the papers — titled “Jews Attack 1st Amendement” — were not signed by any group or individual.
They appeared to target the “Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017,” which improves State Department reporting on Jew-hatred on the continent and encourages European nations to adopt a uniform definition of antisemitism. It was signed into law by President Donald Trump in January.
The university said that it removed the flyers once alerted to their presence.
“It’s important to condemn these efforts that target our friends and neighbors in the Jewish community,” stated the Montana Human Rights Network, which shared photos of the flyers to social media.
The school — which is estimated to have a very small Jewish community, totaling less than 100 Jewish students out of more than 9,000 undergraduates — has in the past struggled with antisemitic incidents.
A member of the Jewish student group Hillel told the student newspaper Montana Kaimin in 2016 that over the past two decades, nearly every sukkah that was built on campus for the Jewish festival of Sukkot was destroyed by either antisemitic or drunk vandals.
The sukkah built in 2010 was told down and reconstructed as a cross, while one raised the previous year was spray-painted with penises.