No sooner do I post a blog entry on a juvenile stunt by some cowardly anti-Semites in Fairfield, CT, than I see another story of a similar nature within the same town. The Stamford Advocate reports on this second incident:

Anti-semitic letter shocks, angers Fairfield teacher

Shortly after taking part in a workshop in November designed to help provide teachers with lesson plans about the Holocaust, Fairfield Woods Middle School teacher Tina Rembish got her own first hand lesson in prejudice.

Rembish was one of several teachers quoted in a Connecticut Post story about “Echoes and Reflections,” the training session developed by the Connecticut Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut, Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Shoah Foundation.

Four days later, she received an anonymous, anti-Semitic letter in her mailbox at the middle school. The letter, according to the police report, contained several quotes from the Bible regarding Jewish people.

There are any number of Bible quotations that have been used against Jews over the last two millennia, unfortunately. Among these are the so-called “Woes of the Pharisees” found in the gospels — but other passages have also been used for this purpose. Like a lot of other anti-Semitic literature, this letter presents itself as “news material,” even though it’s not:

She said the letter was titled “Bible Predicts Worldwide Persecution of Jews-2009!” and was postmarked in Stamford. It contained quotes like “Many nations around the world will turn against the Jewish people in the last days (today) — especially those Jewish people living in the city of Jerusalem and the rest of Israel!”

This letter, and the marred menorah-lighting I just blogged about, are not the only recent anti-Semitic acts in Fairfield:

Rembish hasn’t gotten any other notes like this, but it is one of three anti-Semitic incidents reported in town over the last two months. Rembish received her note Nov. 12. On Dec. 11, a transport van from the Jewish Home for the Elderly’s adult daycare program was vandalized; two of its tires slashed and what appeared to be swastikas scratched into the side of the bus. The latest incident was the menorah lighting Sunday at the green, which police continue to investigate.

I wonder what’s going on in Fairfield that caused this. I took a look at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Groups Map” for Connecticut. 5 are listed, two based in Bridgeport (which is the next city over from Fairfield); one of these is called “White Revolution,” and listed as a Neo-Nazi group. I have no idea if they’re responsible or someone else is.

At any rate, I have to wonder how foolish it is for this to have been mailed to a teacher in a public school, of all places. Such a thing was bound to be noticed by more people than just the person it was sent to; and the authorities will be more inclined to investigate it.

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