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  Jewish Defense League: Anti-Semitism in Arizona?!!







Arizona Jewish Defense League

Arizona JDL News Flash

Please be informed that there has been a major anti-Semitic attack in Prescott, Arizona in the last few days.� Unfortunately this is the fourth of such attacks.� The Jewish Defense League of Arizona would like to send a strong message to these anti-Semitic animals discouraging them from any future attacks.� This behavior will not be tolerated.� At this time the Jewish Defense League would like to offer a reward of $1000 (one-thousand dollars) to anyone with information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of these felons.� Please call the AZ JDL Hotline at (602) 242-2221.

Please refer to the following article written in the Arizona Republic:

Vandals target group that helps abused kids

Mark Shaffer
The Arizona Republic
Jan. 10, 2001

PRESCOTT - A national organization that helps abused students has been vandalized with a second wave of anti-Semitic graffiti.

Rod Beaumont, director of Safe Schools, Safe Students, said he has filed a report with the FBI about what he believes are White-power groups targeting his organization.

Swastikas and other pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic statements were first spray painted last week on the walls of his and neighboring buildings, near Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

Monday night, the vandals returned and spray painted "SS" over a customer parking sign and a Star of David with the words, "Last warning, now fire" scrawled in big letters on an outside wall.

Beaumont also said employees have received death threats at work by phone and e-mail and that their vehicles have been vandalized by what appear to be baseball bats. A power steering line to a truck owned by Beaumont's son was cut in the parking lot.

Many of the group's teenage volunteers have quit coming to work because of the incidents, Beaumont said.

The attacks have coincided with what Beaumont said was a public-education campaign by the organization about hate crimes and the tactics hate groups use to recruit within schools.

Last Thursday, a Star of David was painted on the side of the wall with the word "die" over it along with anti-Semitic slurs and the words "Devil Dogs" painted on the building's entrance steps.

But Detective Larry Martinez of the Prescott Police Department downplays any possible link to members of the Devil Dogs, a Gilbert hate group some of whose members moved to Prescott recently.

"This strikes us as an angry ex-employee kind of thing," Martinez said. "That's not to say we're not concerned, but we just don't see a real threat here with White-power types."

Beaumont, who said he is trying to obtain a city permit to have a "stop the hate" march in downtown Prescott on Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, said he believes attackers are coming from outside the area, given the national scope of his program.

"We put in an anti-bully hotline and got more than 250,000 calls on it between Sept. 15 and the day after Christmas," Beaumont said. "We're well known now and there are some elements out there that would like to see us go away."







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