Yesterday, NJDC issued the following release:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, following news reports that a flier has been circulating in Memphis, TN, that says: "Steve Cohen and the Jews Hate Jesus." NJDC released the following statement from NJDC Executive Director Ira N. Forman:
"The hideous, anti-Jewish flier circulating in Memphis is a reminder to all of us in the Jewish community that, for all the progress we have made in combating the scourge of bigotry, there is still more work to be done. It is important for all of us who find such smear tactics abhorrent to spread the word and shame those responsible.
"We would respectfully request candidate Rep. Cohen's opponent, Nikki Tinker to forthrightly repudiate this type of bigotry."
Rep. Cohen is Jewish.
According to a report in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Tinker "declined to answer" questions about the flier, which was condemned by the Anti-Defamation League. The flier reportedly states that "Memphis
Congressman Steve Cohen and the JEWS HATE Jesus. So Memphis Christians must united and support ONE Black Christian to represent Memphis in the United States Congress in 2008." [Memphis Commercial Appeal, 2/13/08 and 2/11/08]