(JTA) — Anti-Semitic and white supremacist posters were removed from downtown Durham, North Carolina near the Duke University campus.
City workers removed the posters on Monday, the local Herald Sun newspaper reported.
One of the posters showed a silhouetted man pointing a gun at an image of a bearded man with a long nose, wearing a kippah, with tentacles wrapped around the earth. The poster reads: “Right of revolution. Your ancestors threw off foreign oppression, time for you as well.”
Other posters read: “Greedy Jews” and “End Zionist Oppression.”
The posters said they were sponsored by the neo-Nazi group National Socialist Legion, which according to the newspaper broke away from the white supremacist Vanguard America organization. The group’s Twitter account has been suspended.
The group’s website describes itself as a “Revolutionary National Socialist organization dedicated to protecting the White European Race,” and says that “we perform both activism and readiness for the coming Racial Holy War.”
Duke professor Gavin Yamey reported seeing anti-Semitic posters near Duke’s East Campus. He contacted the Duke campus rabbi and other officials, according to the student newspaper the Duke Chronicle.
“It’s not subtle—it’s violent anti-Semitic imagery, so I take this obviously very seriously,” Yamey told the student newspaper.
He told the Herald Sun: “I was deeply disturbed and, to be honest, frightened. I’m Jewish and these vile anti-Semitic threats, including the image of a gun pointing to a Jew, really rattled me.”
“I lost family to pogroms and in the Holocaust,” he added. “Seeing incitements to shoot Jews in my hometown is not something I ever imagined.”
The posters appeared less than two weeks after the Durham City Council approved a resolution to bar its police department from taking part in “military-style training” programs abroad, which was directed at Israel.
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