Some Jewish residents in Beverly hills got anti-Semitic flyers on their front lawns on the first night of Hanukkah (Pictures: @johnmirisch/CBSLA/Getty Images)
Some Jewish residents of Beverly Hills awoke on Sunday to find anti-Semitic flyers left on their front lawns. When the sun went down that night, they would light their menorahs to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.
A resident reported a flyer containing ‘hate speech’ around 6am on Monday. The flyers were placed in zip-locked bags and weighed down by rice on their front lawns, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department.
‘The flyer, a single 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper, contains propaganda style hate speech related to the Covid pandemic and the Jewish people,’ the police department stated.
‘We take these matters very seriously and we will not allow our residents to be threatened or intimidated by any narrative promoting hate toward anyone.’
Rochelle Maize, who found a flyer outside her Beverly Hills home, told CBSLA that the neighborhood was ‘disgusted’ by the flyers.
‘It’s like a Nazi thing happening again, where people are, you know, trying to make us look bad and for no reason, just to throw us under that Covid bus,’ 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 of Jewish faith.
‘Here in Beverly Hills, we do have a large Jewish population and so, unfortunately, we have been the target in the past for hate speech directed against Jews, and so it is something that we care about deeply and something that we won’t tolerate,’ he said.
Rabbi Mendy Mentz, executive director of Chabad of West Bel Air, said he woke up to many messages from concerned members of the community.
‘These are lies, shameful lies. There’s no basis in reality. I mean, imagine you got a flyer to your home that showed a list of people that were African American or Chinese or of any ethnicity that said, “This is the reason why there’s trouble in the world”,’ Mentz said.
‘Everyone will write it off as these people are crazy and this is racist. In our case, it’s clear antisemitism. There’s no question about it.’
Beverly Hills Councilman John Mirisch posted an image of the flyer that states that ‘every part of the Covid agenda is Jewish’, to Twitter on Sunday.
‘Today, in one of the only Jewish-majority cities outside of Israel, this screed was distributed on residents’ doorsteps,’ he wrote.
The flyer lists the names of 15 prominent Jewish people working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal government, companies manufacturing vaccines and financial firms backing the production of those vaccines.
Among the listed professionals were CDC Director Rochelle Walensky; Pfizer CEO Alberto Bourla; Pfizer Chief Scientist Mikael Dolstein; Larry Fink, CEO of the BlackRock investment management company; and Mortimer Buckley, CEO of investment advisor The Vanguard Group.
Police said they are continuing to investigate and are working to identify the culprits. The department is sending extra patrols through the area throughout the eight days of Hanukkah to ensure residents stay safe during the holiday.
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