MISSOULA – Cars parked outside of student housing buildings at the University of Montana were found littered with anti-Semitic flyers on Friday morning.
UM believes that sometime Thursday night or early Friday morning, someone placed flyers under windshields at the University Village and Lewis and Clark student housing complexes.
Officials say they have not heard of any flyers on campus, but Missoula police say they have been alerted to flyers in the university area.
“UMPD is going to look into the matter. We do have some cameras in that area and we are looking at some footage just to see what might have happened,” said Um Communications Director Paula Short. “But yeah, at this point we are looking to get any information, so if anyone knows anything about this effort they could let us know and that would be very helpful.”
The flyers were not identifiable to a single group and seemed to be focused on a perceived First Amendment rights issue that anti-Semitic organizations have rallied behind in the past.
MTN News spoke to the Montana Human Rights Network about some things you can do to support groups that are being attacked in your area.
“And what we then encourage people to do is lift up and recognize those people being targeted, and in this case our Jewish community lift those folks up support those friends and family members part of the targeted groups,” said Montana Human Rights Network Co-Director Rachel Carroll Rivas.
UM said that once they were notified of the flyers they removed them from all vehicles, as per university policy about posted material in restricted areas.
Story by Connor McCauley, MTN News