Saskatoon, SK – The Saskatoon Police Service received reports of printed flyers being distributed in the city’s north end, including along Whiteswan Drive in the Lawson Heights neighbourhood, in resealable plastic bags filled with popcorn shells.
Some of the flyers alleged that “every single aspect” of mass immigration, the media and abortion is Jewish. They each listed names of companies, organizations and/or individuals.
“They’re harmful because they spread historically damaging conspiracy theories and stereotypes about Jews,” said Daniel Panneton, director of allyship and community engagement of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, a non-profit organization committed to countering racism and antisemitism.
“The nature of the propaganda that’s being spread has historically led to, and indeed implicitly calls for, violence against Jewish communities.”
Saskatoon police do not know who distributed the flyers, nor at how many locations they were distributed, according to a news release.
The flyers play up far-right conspiracy theories of white genocide, that Jewish people are out to kill the white race, and that Jews are puppet masters of society trying to spread discord, Panneton said.