Senator Anna M. Kaplan speaks out on white supremacist hate mail

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Senator Kaplan, who is Jewish, is notably the first refugee elected to the New York State legislature, having fled her home country over threat of anti-Semitic violence

The message included the phrase “109 soon 110” which is recognized by the Anti-Defamation League as a white supremacist shorthand for the anti-Semitic claim that Jews were expelled from 109 different countries, and that the United States or some other location would be the next and 110th place to expel Jews.

The message also included a claim largely debunked on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines that are regularly spread by anti-vaccines

Click here for a full resolution image of the hate mail.

CARLE PLACE, NY (June 22, 2021) – Today, State Senator Anna M. Kaplan (D-North Hills) received a vile hate mail using well-known anti-Semitic and white supremacist hate speech in response to a mail providing information about the COVID-19 vaccine to residents of Nassau County. Senator Kaplan, who is Jewish and speaks openly against hatred and anti-Semitism, is the first refugee elected to the New York State Legislature to have fled her home country due to the threat of anti-Semitic violence.

“This incident is a sad reminder that Nassau County is not immune to hatred and white supremacy, and it is our responsibility as a community to forcefully reject this evil whenever it does. reveals itself among us, “said Senator Anna M. Kaplan. “As a former religious refugee who fled anti-Semitism in my home country, I saw with my own eyes how anti-Semitism begins to permeate a society and ultimately leads to violence against the Jewish people. experience has taught me the importance of sounding the alarm against hate at every opportunity, and I hope this incident can be a teaching moment for all of us to remember that we can never remain silent in the face of hatred. “

The hate mail sent to Senator Kaplan was written on a handout distributed by the senator to residents of Nassau County providing information about the COVID-19 vaccine. The handwritten message added to the documentation responds to the sender information by repeating Misinformation Widely Debunked About COVID-19 Vaccine Safety (source) which is commonly disseminated online by anti-vaccines for the purpose of scaring people and preventing them from taking the COVID-19 vaccine. The message goes on to call the senator with a deeply misogynistic insult and read “109 soon 110”, which is recognized by the Anti-Defamation League (source) as a white supremacist shorthand for the anti-Semitic claim that Jews were expelled from 109 different countries and that the United States or some other place would be the next and 110th place to expel Jews.

The incident has been reported to Nassau County Police and is under active investigation.

“We all deserve to live in a community free from hate and prejudice, and I am extremely grateful for the efforts of our Nassau County Police for their hard work and dedication to keeping our community safe, and for their efforts. to investigate this matter. I urge any resident of Nassau who has been the victim of hatred or prejudice to speak up and contact the Nassau County Police Department’s Bias Crimes Coordinator, Chief James Bartscherer, at 516-573-7710 “, Senator Kaplan concluded.



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