Oregon eclipse tourists greeted by anti-Semitic banners on overpass

The Oregonian – by Jessica Floum

Update, 8:55 p.m. Aug. 20:

Springfield neo-Nazi Jimmy Marr, known for his public displays of racism and anti-Semitism, appeared to take credit for the banners Sunday on social media.

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A family driving north from California to see Monday’s solar eclipse from Oregon found hatred on the freeway Saturday morning after they entered the northwestern state.   

Beth and Michael Dershowitz and their kids saw the first banner south of Eugene. It said: “UNJEW HUMANITY.”

They felt shaken, Dershowitz wrote in an email.

Tourists driving to Oregon for the solar eclipse spotted an Anti-Semitic banner Saturday on an I-5 north overpass.

Then they saw three more just south of Salem, facing south on an I-5 overpass. Two of them read “Eclipse Whitey” and “Jewish Financing Available.”

Michael Dershowitz wanted to confront the men behind the banners, his wife wrote, but he didn’t because she feared for her children’s safety.

The father took a photo instead.

“I cannot believe that we still have to face this vicious anti-Semitism in such a public place in 2017,” Beth Dershowitz told The Oregonian/OregonLive in an email. “We want to expose this hatred so people stop pretending like it isn’t happening in our own backyards.”

The Oregon Department of Transportation responded to calls about the signs but they had been removed as of 2 p.m. Saturday, said Angela Beers Seydel, a spokeswoman for the agency.

The state’s transportation department does not allow signs or “people calling attention to themselves” on overpasses, regardless of content, Beers Seydel said in an email. The agency’s policy is to remove the signs.

“The distraction is dangerous to drivers and we do see crashes occur when these situations happen,” Beers Seydel said.

She said transportation officials received reports of signs on I-5 south yesterday, but the signs had also been removed before state crews got there.

Saturdays incident was at least the second time someone has hung Anti-Semitic signs from freeway overpasses in Oregon.

Portland also had to remove signs from a freeway overpass in June.

–Jessica Floum

jfloum@oregonian.com

http://www.oregonlive.com/eclipse/2017/08/oregon_eclipse_tourists_greete.html

4 thoughts on “Oregon eclipse tourists greeted by anti-Semitic banners on overpass

  1. Banners brought to you by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He would have had to confront his own people, God’s Chosen Ones.

  2. Unfortunately, most Americans are unaware of how our governmental leaders are influenced by Jewish interests. Jewish influence also abounds in President Trump’s White house.
    It would be wise to be cautious, with regard to those influences, for it bodes ill for American interests vis-a-vis Jewish, hence, Israeli interests.
    Still, hanging banners and other methods employed, have a negative effect on the intended message. However, it wouldn’t be surprising to find the groups behind the messages, messages that create the opposite effect that the message is attempting to convey, are Jewish interest groups using reverse psychology.

  3. “Beth and Michael Dershowitz and their kids saw the first banner south of Eugene. It said: “UNJEW HUMANITY.”

    Guess they’re not ALL commies there.

    “Then they saw three more just south of Salem, facing south on an I-5 overpass. Two of them read “Eclipse Whitey” and “Jewish Financing Available.”

    Or there.

    Guess there’s some hope for them after all (unless Jimmy Marr put them all up himself, that is).

    Good call on the statements.

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