The town of Glenview on the outskirts of Chicago was appalled to see flyers that worryingly blamed the Russian invasion of Ukraine on a Jewish conspiracy.

The virulently antisemitic flyers were condemned by Scott Britton, the Commissioner for Cook County, who confirmed that the flyers had been placed in numerous driveways in the district. Apparently, the flyers also pinned the COVID-19 pandemic on a “Jewish agenda”.

Source: Times of Israel (Screenshot)

Unsurprisingly, the circulated pages bore the hallmarks of the notorious “Goyim Defense League” (GDL) — a California-based neo-Nazi group that has carried out a coast-to-coast campaign during the pandemic involving flyer distribution and demonstrations pushing antisemitic COVID-19 conspiracy theories along with Holocaust denial.

“I am nauseated that someone took the time, during a deadly global pandemic, to create many multiples of these packages and deliver them to residents of the 14th District,” Britton said in a statement. “I condemn these anonymous letters on every level.” 

Britton said he was coordinating with the Glenview Police Department, along with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, to investigate the flyers. “While I am not Jewish, I stand with Jews locally and everywhere. While I am not Ukrainian, I speak out against the war against them,” Britton said. “Hate has no home here.”

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