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Anti-Semitic fliers found in Newton

Newton police are investigating after anti-Semitic fliers were found in book-swap bins around the city Sunday morning.

The fliers, which include racist caricatures and connect Jews to pedophilia, were found in four bins on Lowell Avenue, Cottage Street, Walnut Street, and Morse Road, according to Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker, a spokesman.

The fliers were linked to the Daily Stormer Book Club, he said, which the Anti-Defamation League describes as an “alt right segment of the white supremacist movement,” on its website.

“It’s a pretty vile image and description of the most classic anti-Semitic stereotypes, demonizing Jews and the Jewish religion,” said Robert Trestan, director of the league in New England. He said the fliers have become an increasingly common tactic of white supremacist groups, including in Massachusetts.


Apotheker said that the placement of the fliers appears to be random — with no specific individuals targeted — and marks the first such incident in Newton in a decade.

Police are working with the Anti-Defamation League and Newton Human Rights Commission to investigate the incident, he said in a phone interview.

“We find these flIers to be disgusting and hateful, and as a city, we stand united against this and all forms of hate,” Apotheker said.

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