Anti-Semitic fliers target West Linn Rep. Rachel Prusak
Anti-Semitic fliers depicting Holocaust imagery targeted at West Linn and Tualatin House Rep. Rachel Prusak were discovered in Clackamas County yesterday, April 20.
Prusak announced in a press release that the fliers targeted her identity as well as her commitment to gun safety legislation. The fliers depicted Prusak with the Star of David and the word "Jude" on her chest next to the words "Rachel Prusak: Another gun-grabbing Jew." Below that was the URL gunowners.org.
"We know Oregon's history is steeped in white supremacy and other forms of bigotry and these acts show this history is still relevant and alive in the present," Prusak stated in the press release. "While I was the specific target of these anti-Semitic attacks, these types of acts affect not just me, but the entire Jewish community in our state."
Prusak also stated that she was working with law enforcement to hold accountable anyone involved.
An Oregon State Police public information officer confirmed a trooper was looking into the incident, but had no other information to provide when reached by Pamplin Media Group Wednesday.
On Thursday, Prusak told the Tidings the incident was being looked at as a bias crime. She also called attention to the state's bias crime hotline, 1-844-924-BIAS, which was created as part of legislation she helped pass in 2019.
The second-term legislator also mentioned the incident hasn't impacted her resolve to pass gun safety legislation.
"White supremacy is about violence and the threat of violence. Using imagery from the Holocaust to threaten my work with this bill is extremely disturbing and a threat to my safety," she said. "I am still determined to pass gun safety legislation, specifically safe storage, that will protect our veterans and children.
"The data is there: firearms are a risk to our children, teens and veterans. This is about safety to prevent terrible accidents and suicide prevention."
Late llast year, a West Linn Jewish family had swastikas and other graffiti tagged on their home that was under construction.
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