Beverly Hills police are investigating the distribution of antisemitic material to homes in the northeast area of the city. According to the department, the flyers were placed in plastic bags and delivered to front yards on the morning of Nov. 28, which was the first day of Chanukah.
“The flyer, a single 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper, contains propaganda style hate speech related to the COVID pandemic and Jewish people, said BHPD. “Police and Public Works personnel canvassed the area and collected the flyers. Police are continuing to investigate and attempt to identify the persons responsible for this disturbing act.”
Beverly Hills Mayor Robert Wunderlich condemned the flyers and said such a hateful act is “particularly egregious” at a time when the community should be coming together.
The incident comes at a time of heightened racial, ethnic, and religious animus. There has been a 40% increase in antisemitic incidents over the past five years, Jeffrey Abrams, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League Los Angeles, told the Los Angeles Times.
Police are asking anyone with information about the flyers, or with related surveillance video footage, to call 310-550-4951.