Skip to comments.Anti-Semitic flier hits Takoma Park
Posted on 12/07/2011 3:30:25 PM PST by SJackson
This anti-Semitic flier was found by residents in Arlington and Takoma Park.
Takoma Park resident Hadar Susskind awoke early Sunday morning to find a four-page, anti-Semitic screed laying in his front yard.
The flier, which purports to detail "Jew crimes" and labels "Israel the problem," has been found outside homes in areas of Arlington and Takoma Park in recent days. The Anti-Defamation League says that it's currently investigating numerous complaints from Virginia residents who've received the document (others who received it in Takoma Park contacted WJW).
The flier heavily resembles a multipage pamphlet that was left in front of homes in Bethesda and Washington D.C. in 2009.
"I think it is absurd that someone would distribute this in a community that has a strong Jewish presence and is probably the most open and tolerant anywhere that you can find," said Susskind, noting that he had never before received anything like it.
The ADL's associate regional director, Sophie Dornstreich, said that "more than likely, it's the same individual and flier" that was distributed several years ago. Dornstreich encouraged those who've received the document to contact local police.
According to a 2009 WJW report, the flier was created and distributed by an older man who identified himself as Peter Cojanis. The report, which is based on an eyewitness account, described Cojanis as "a grizzled white guy in his mid-70s" who distributed the flier by bicycle.
The pamphlet requests that state and federal lawmakers "declare war on Israel" and advocates the removal of "each and every Jew and pro-Israel official from state and federal governments and financial organizations," according to pictures of the flier that were forwarded to WJW.
The flier also accuses Jews of putting hazardous materials in the nation's food and water supply, and alleges that "government Jews murder 20 million."
The ADL's Dornstreich said that while the language in the document is protected under the First Amendment and "doesn't rise to the level of criminality," it most certainly is "an example of how someone can create a climate of intimidation." The anti-Semitic language and bizarre accusations "give the sense that there's a reason to feel targeted and vulnerable."
Takoma Park Police Chief Ronald Ricucci said that his department is currently investigating reports of a man who was handing out fliers that match those obtained by WJW. Police, in conjuction with the Maryland Attorney General's Office, are trying to determine whether or not the fliers "cross the line as a hate crime," Ricucci said.
Currently, Takoma police believe that Cojanis is responsible for distributing the fliers, though it still remains unconfirmed. According to Ricucci, a man who resembles Cojanis was photographed with the fliers near a local Metro stop. Additionally, Cojanis' name appears on the fliers themselves. Phone calls placed early Tuesday to the police department in Arlington were not returned.
Dornstreich said that the police would consider this "a noncriminal bias incident," meaning that while officers cannot take action, the situation will be officially monitored. She added that the ADL receives reports of similar incidents multiple times a year.
Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, said that "this is clearly the work of some individuals who are trying to promote hate."
But "they will not succeed," Halber added. "This is a very inclusive region with a strong record of rejecting bigotry and valuing inclusion."
so, should jews become a protected class?
Cojanis lives under the stairs in Louis Farrakhan’s basement.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
In the context of local ordinances he has the right to distribute any hate material he desires. It's a shame he uses the American Free Press which supports and in the past (may now, haven't looked for awhile) advertised a Republican Presidential candidate as a columnist. But that's old news, roundly condemned, including on FR.
No, I don't think anyone has suggested that. He has a right, consistant with local ordinance, to distribute his hate material. The paper has a right to publish the news. Heck, I have the ability, not right since this is a private site, to express my opinion that the guy is a Jew hating bigot. If that offends you as the article appears to have, sorry.
The flyer is pictured in the above link. This man is nuts.
thanks for the response. I was just asking..
Brivette is a sometime freeper who, after a long absence, likes to appear on any remotely-Jewish or Israel-related post and spit gems like “I [Brivette] support Ron Paul’s position on Israel.”
(her posting history is, well, interesting)
Maybe, maybe not. Never assume these people are nuts. BTW, the flyer is a reprint of a not entirely insignificant publication.
He signs himself ‘Commander in Chief’ and ‘Advocate of God’.
These sorts of publications usually bear all the marks of paranoid schizophrenia.
Since you mention the good Doctor, did you know than Zionism was not a secular movement reacting to continued unacceptance of even secular Jews in Europe, witness Dryfuss. Rather a movement of religious Jew, to rip the completely assimilated Jews of Europe out of their loving enviornment.
Next thing you know, forget WWI, the Mandate, WWII, the UN whips up this state out of nowhere. Not a Doctor of History.
Best part, he should have left this out of his book, his views were shaped by meeting a palestinian immigrant to the US whose family was ripped out of their home to build a settlement. In the early 1950s. Tel Aviv maybe. I know noone other than rabid Jewhaters and Islamists who throw out that line. But then his first of three books referenced is Carter's Apartheid novel, so I shouldn't be surprised.
I wouldn't argue that with you, I just don't think it's particularly relevant. Thus far his conduct is legal, based on his views were he in my neighborhood, I'd consider him a threat, irrespective of his stability.
It's generally accepted that Hitler was, among other things, a severe manic depressive, treated from about 1939 on in a way that intensified the diseast.
There were studies done of many of the accused at Nuremberg, don't know if I can point you to one on the web, to determine if, my guess what kind, of mental illness caused these things. The unfortunate conclusions, most non diseased individuals, I won't say normal, acting in their perceived best interests. In this context I sometimes suppest reading Rudolf Hoss' (not Hoess) memoirs. Not really memoirs, he wrote them while waiting to be hung at the suggestion of prosecutors. And poorly written. But to hear his account, his rise from street thug to high placement at Dachau to commandant of Auschwits wasn't much different from an auto salesman who rose to manage his agency, then own it and two others. Sure, there are aberrations there, certainly today we'd have clinical terms. Personally I think it simple evil. It's easier to spell, and easy to recognize, and you don't have to fret about the motivation of those who wish you harm.
BTW, didn’t mean to leave the impression Hoss was executed at Nuremberg. He was there, testified, but in the end turned over to Poland for prosecution. Poland hung him, and have a memorial placque where he met his just end.
No, but we should prepare to stomp empty national socialist skulls into mush at the earliest opportunity so Jews don't have to become a protected class.
My boots stand at the ready, more than eager to stomp Nazi skulls into POWDER.
“Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of COLLECTIVISM. [emphasis added] It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a mans genetic lineagethe notion that a mans intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors.
Racism claims that the content of a mans mind (not his cognitive apparatus, but its content) is inherited; that a mans convictions, values and character are determined before he is born, by physical factors beyond his control. This is the cavemans version of the doctrine of innate ideasor of inherited knowledgewhich has been thoroughly refuted by philosophy and science. Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes. It is a barnyard or stock-farm version of collectivism, appropriate to a mentality that differentiates between various breeds of animals, but not between animals and men.
Like every form of determinism, racism invalidates the specific attribute which distinguishes man from all other living species: his rational faculty. Racism negates two aspects of mans life: reason and choice, or mind and morality, replacing them with chemical predestination.”
Ayn Rand, “The Virtue of Selfishness”
Lemme guess....Ayn Rand was a liberal......
the Nazi’s were defeated some 70 years ago; so take a powder
first, I’m a guy, second, I’m Lutheran. third, I don’t like Ron Paul.
I’ve been a Free Republic member for years. fyi