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Religious Leaders Rally Support After Hate Mail

June 16, 2001|Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. — More than a dozen religious leaders and city officials rallied with community members to show their support for nine Jewish families who have received anti-Semitic hate mail.

The families received the letters blaming Jews for moral decay in the nation and including a two-page denial of the Holocaust.

"People feel violated and unsafe," said Marion Malcolm, who organized the rally. "It's hard when it goes to people's homes."

The Rev. Sharon Troyer of the Community of Christ said it was everyone's "social, civic and spiritual responsibility to promote peace and justice in our communities."

Tammam Adi of the Islamic Cultural Center said the Muslim and Arab communities would support the targeted families.

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