Cops tracking source of anti-Semitic, racist flyers posted in South Philly

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — People in a couple of South Philadelphia neighborhoods found anti-Semitic and racist flyers on cars, sidewalks and porches over the weekend, and police are now trying to track down the source.

Betsy Oliphant Ross left work at 7th and South streets Saturday night when she found one of the two flyers on her parked car. She told CBS 3 Eyewitness News it was quite disturbing.

"It was very racist, anti-semitic, and I was disturbed to think that somebody was passing out this literature all along South Street," she said.

Police say there were two flyers with messages of hate aimed at the Jewish and African-American communities found throughout Queen Village and Bella Vista on Saturday and Sunday.

Karen Sugarman lives in one area where the leaflets were dropped.

"It's extremely distressing to me to see such hate in my neighborhood," she said.

Authorities are now looking for help from anyone who has a neighborhood surveillance camera at their home or business that might have captured images of the person distributing the flyers.

State Rep. Joanna McClinton, who's also a neighborhood pastor, says the flyers were divisive.

"It's just not true," McClinton said. "It's totally made up. It is all hate-filled, and it's unacceptable."

Police in Evesham Township are also investigating a similar hate leaflet distribution last month. They have video of a man putting flyers with anti-Israel and anti-Jewish messages on cars in the Marlton Crossings Shopping Center and in the parking lot of a nearby steak house.