Community unites against anti-Semitic letters

Posted: Friday, June 08, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- More than a dozen religious leaders and city officials rallied with community members to show their support for nine Jewish families who have recently received anti-Semitic hate mail.

The families received the letters blaming Jews for moral decay in the nation and including a two-page denial of the Holocaust.

''People feel violated and unsafe,'' said Marion Malcolm, who organized the June 1 rally. ''It's hard when it goes to people's homes.''

The Rev. Sharon Troyer of the Community of Christ said it was everyone's ''social, civic and spiritual responsibility to promote peace and justice in our communities.''

Tammam Adi of the Islamic Cultural Center said the Muslim and Arab communities would support the targeted families.

The letters arrived in late May with a Washington, D.C., return address and a New York City postmark. Police are investigating.

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