Anti-Semitic flyers distributed in dozens of US cities in recent months

Anti-Semitic leaflets have appeared outside the homes of hundreds of people in towns across the country in recent months – another manifestation of rising anti-Semitic incidents across the country.

In the past three months, anti-Semitic leaflets were distributed in dozens of cities in 19 states, from Texas to California to Florida, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which followed hate propaganda.

Last weekend alone, hundreds of flyers were carpeted in quarters of nine statesincluding Berkeley, Northern California, as well as ColleyvilleTexas, where a a gunman took Jewish worshipers hostage in a synagogue for hours in January.

It comes after flyers reportedly found in San Francisco, Miami and Denver at the end of January.

Carla Hill, a hate propaganda expert at the ADL’s Center on Extremism, said a fringe anti-Semitic and white supremacist group – the Goyim Defense League – is likely behind the flyers, which were found similarly wrapped in sandwich bags with the same message across cities.

Flyers dropped in front of hundreds of homes in Napa, Calif., near Congregation Beth Shalom on Wednesday night, had anti-Semitic conspiracy theories printed on them. A flyer read, “Every aspect of the COVID agenda is Jewish.” He then named the Jewish staff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as other health and finance companies.

Another flyer said, “Every aspect of the Biden administration is Jewish,” and included photos of Jewish members of the executive branch and the White House.

One of the flyers had (falsely) written at the bottom: “These flyers were randomly distributed with no malicious intent.”

Anti-Semitic flyers distributed around Napa, California earlier this week.

The spread of anti-Semitic messages is part of an increase in anti-Semitic hatred seen in the United States in recent years. The ADL’s tracking of anti-Semitic incidents found that in 2020 there were more than 2,000 anti-Semitic acts of aggression, vandalism and harassment, the third highest year on record for such incidents since the group began tracking in 1979.

Some local police investigated the flyers and been in contact with the FBI.

The FBI did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Hill warned that such tactics can be difficult for law enforcement to respond to, as it often falls under free speech. Unless it targets a synagogue or only the homes of Jewish residents, it can be difficult to prosecute as a hate crime.

“We’ve seen littering charges, but it’s a fine,” Hill said. “I just hope the community leaders will rally around the community and shout this: Let’s say this is a fringe group with a small number of people making an outsized impact through propaganda.”

In Berkeley, city councilwoman Susan Wengraf wrote to her constituents on Monday, citing the hundreds of residents who were “shocked to find plastic sandwich bags filled with hateful anti-Semitic messages on their doorsteps,” and condemning the “small fringe white supremacist group”. behind.

Hardy Wallace, a Napa resident who came across the flyers during a run Thursday morning in his neighborhood near Congregation Beth Shalom, said the messages are “not welcome in this community.”

“As Napa residents, we cannot remain silent when members of our community are targeted or threatened,” said Wallace, who is not Jewish but said he “supports and supports” his neighbors and Jewish friends. “As citizens, we must speak out and act against anti-Semitism, racism, ignorance and hatred.”

A local activist group, the Rainbow Action Network, is hosting a “chalk for justice” event this weekend in Napa in response to anti-Semitic fliers “to expose the hatred towards members of our Jewish community and ensure that inclusion is stronger and stronger than hating it.”


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