Jewish residents receive anti-Semitic leaflets on the first night of Hanukkah

Some Jewish residents of Beverly Hills have anti-Semitic flyers on their front lawn on the first night of Hanukkah (Image: @johnmirsch/CBSLA/Getty Images)

Several Jewish residents of Beverly Hills woke up Sunday to find anti-Semitic flyers left on their front lawn. When the sun sets that night, they light up their menorahs to commemorate the first Hanukkah night.

A resident reported a leaflet containing ‘hate speech’ around 6am on Monday. According to the Beverly Hills Police Department, the flyers were placed in ziplock bags and were weighted with rice on their front lawn.

The police department stated: ‘The leaflet, an 8.5″ x 11 sheet of paper, contains hate speech inciting propaganda regarding the Covid pandemic and the Jewish people.

‘We take these issues very seriously and we will not allow our residents to be intimidated or intimidated by any story that incites hatred towards anyone.’

Rochelle Maize, who found a flyer outside her Beverly Hills home, said CBSLA that the neighborhood was ‘disgusted’ by the flyers.

“It’s like a Nazi thing is happening again, you know, people are trying to make us look ugly and for no reason, just to throw us under the Covid bus there,” Maize said.

Beverly Hills Mayor Bob Wunderlich told CBSLA that such an act of hatred would not be tolerated in the community, where more than half of the city’s 35,000 residents are Jewish.

‘Here in Beverly Hills we have a large Jewish population and so, unfortunately, we’ve been targets of hate speech directed at Jews, so that’s what we do. I care deeply and is something we will not tolerate,’ he said.

Rabbi Mendy Mentz, chief executive officer of West Bel Air’s Chabad, said he woke up to numerous texts from concerned members of the community.

‘These are lies, shameful lies. There is no basis in reality. I mean, imagine you get a flyer delivered to your home with a list of people who are African-American or Chinese or of any ethnicity that says, “Here’s why. Why is there so much trouble in the world,” Mentz said.

‘People will write it down because these people are crazy and this is racist. In our case, it was clearly anti-Semitism. No question about it. ‘

Beverly Hills Councilman John Mirisch posted an image of a flyer claiming that ‘every piece of the Covid agenda is Jewish’, to Twitter on Sunday.

He wrote: ‘Today, in one of the only Jewish-majority cities outside of Israel, this base coat has been distributed on the doorsteps of residents.

The flyer lists the names of 15 prominent Jews who work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal government, vaccine companies, and financial companies that support production. produce these vaccines.

Among the experts listed are CDC Director Rochelle Walensky; Pfizer CEO, Alberto Bourla; Pfizer Chief Scientist Mikael Dolstein; Larry Fink, CEO of investment management firm BlackRock; and Mortimer Buckley, CEO of investment advisor The Vanguard Group.

Police said they are continuing to investigate and are working to identify the perpetrators. The ministry is sending additional patrols through the area during the eight days of Hanukkah to ensure residents are safe during the holiday.

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Huynh Nguyen

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