Anti-vaccine posters with a Star of David found in the Los Angeles area | JNS
Anti-vaccine posters bearing a Star of David were discovered in at least two Los Angeles-area locations this week, including taped to an electrical box outside a synagogue.
The first was found outside Baba Sale’s congregation and showed the letters “A” and “V” overlapping to form a Star of David. The same poster was found in front of a building affiliated with Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. Both flyers said, “Report the anti-vaxxers, because you care and they don’t,” and included a phone number that local media said went to a restaurant in Hollywood.
The Baba Sale Synagogue is no stranger to hate messages; in 2019 vandals spray painted “Free Palestine” on the building’s exterior.
Magen Am — a nonprofit armed security patrol in heavily Jewish neighborhoods in Los Angeles made up of former members of the Israel Defense Forces and veterans of the U.S. Army — has been in contact with local police and moved his patrol to “cover overtime of the day, as much of this happened in broad daylight”, according to Leibel Mangel, the group’s chief executive.
The anti-vax posters were the most recent incident of anti-Jewish hate related to COVID-19. Just this weekend, residents of nearby Beverly Hills and Pasadena found flyers on their front yards from the virulently anti-Semitic Goyim Defense League that claimed Jews were responsible for or profiting from the pandemic. . They were among hundreds of people in eight states across the country who also received the hate-filled flyers.
It was the second time in as many months that such flyers had been left in Beverly Hills, which is “one of the only Jewish-majority cities outside of Israel,” according to local officials.
In a statement, local police and city council members said “these acts of cowardice and any attempt at divisive intimidation will be categorically rejected…. the City condemns this unjustified hate speech that has been used unsuccessfully to denigrate a community that has always stood together and fights hate of all kinds.
“Senseless acts like this have no place here and will never be accepted. Our community is home to families of Holocaust survivors who have seen the evil and will never give in to such attacks,” the statement continued. .
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