The police force of Whitefish, Montana defied a proposed neo-Nazi march by affixing mezuzahs to the doorpost of their station Wednesday.
The request to put up the mezuzah was made by Montreal’s Rabbi Adam Scheier to William Dial, the Police Chief of Whitefish. In a Facebook post, Scheier said Dial declined to post the mezuzah on his own office door but preferred to have it on the door of the police station, where it would be more visible and make a stronger statement of support.
In a Facebook post Wednesday, Scheier said the idea of a solidarity visit to Montana came during a recent visit to Jerusalem.
“In that holy city, I purchased a mezuzah made of Jerusalem stone, and asked the Police Chief if he would consider putting it – as a symbol of protection and faith – on his office door,” Scheier wrote. He said, “No, I won’t put it on my office door. I want to put it in a more central location, where everyone will see it.” So we put it outside a door that every police officer passes upon entering the station.
The idea for an armed march against the ski resort town’s Jewish community came from the mind of Andrew Anglin, the editor and founder of neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer. In December, Anglin called for a “troll storm” against Jewish residents of the town for allegedly pressuring Sherry Spencer, the mother of alt-right founder Richard Spencer, to close one of her businesses. In a Daily Stormer op-ed, Anglin referred to Jews as “a vicious, evil race of hate-filled psychopaths,” giving out personal information of individuals he believed to be responsible for pressuring Spencer.
Anglin’s planned march has been indefinitely postponed due to lack of a permit, though he has said he plans to carry it out at a later date.