Central Iowa organizations targeted with 'hate flyers'

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) - Multiple central Iowa organizations say they were target with hate and anti-Semitic posters Monday.

The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa and Planned Parenthood health centers in Des Moines said they were targeted with the hateful flyers.

"On Monday, I walked up to my office to find a hate flyer attached to the door," stated Connie Ryan, executive director of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa. "It took my breath away. It was not the first time I have experienced hate, and it won't be the last."

The groups said the flyers came from a "nationally recognized hate organization" and that the flyers contained "anti-Semitic conspiracy propaganda."

"It is disgusting that anti-Semites would target our patients and staff with this white supremacist propaganda," said Erin Davison-Rippey, state executive director of Planned Parenthood in Iowa. "Planned Parenthood condemns the ideology and fear-based intimidation tactics of these white nationalist groups, and we stand with the Jewish community and other allies against this hateful vitriol and oppression. Planned Parenthood health centers are and will remain a safe place for people of all faiths -- no matter what."

The organizations said identical hate flyers have appeared in communities across the nation, particularly on college campuses.

"The Jewish people have a long history of facing hatred and persecution," stated Rabbi David Kaufman, of Temple B'nai Jeshurun, in Des Moines. "Posters like the ones found in Des Moines on Monday are yet another reminder that our efforts in making America a place in which we and other minority communities may live in safety, liberty and happiness are ever needed and our achievements always under threat."

Officials with the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines said they hope Iowans will stand together against the flyers, which "perpetuate hate and defame our neighbors, friends, and family who are Jewish."

"It is my hope that we will never be numb to actions of hate and they will always shock us," Ryan said. "All of the good people of Iowa must always stand up and speak out, rejecting words and actions of hate. It has no place in this community or in Iowa.