Eclipse travelers greeted with anti-Semitic banners on Oregon highway overpasses
Signs with anti-Semitic messages were hung on highway overpasses in Oregon ahead of Monday’s eclipse.
The banners were hung on two northbound highways, which were heavily travelled by California tourists heading to the state to get a better view of Monday’s expected solar eclipse, according to local reports.
The banners read, “UNJEW HUMANITY,” “Eclipse Whitey,” “Jewish Financing Available” and “Resist Racial Eclipse,” the Oregon Statesman Journal reported on Saturday. They were taken down later on Saturday.
Neo-Nazi Jimmy Marr of Springfield, Oregon, who goes by the Twitter handle @GenocideJimmy, appeared to take credit for the banners Sunday evening on social media, Oregonlive.com reported.
— Jimmy Marr (@GenocideJimmy) August 20, 2017
Beth Dershowitz of Sacramento told the Oregonian in an email that the banners upset her, her husband Michael, and their children during their family road trip on Saturday. She said her husband took photos of the banners to show state transportation officials.
“I cannot believe that we still have to face this vicious anti-Semitism in such a public place in 2017,” she wrote. “We want to expose this hatred so people stop pretending like it isn’t happening in our own backyards.”
In June, a sign blaming Jews for the Sept. 11 attacks was hung from a pedestrian bridge over an interstate highway in Portland, Oregon.