According to a statement from the U.S., the passengers are likely to be distributed overnight, which the police are calling an “incident of hate”. Beverly Hills Police Department
, Police said they got a call shortly after 6 a.m. on Sunday informing them of a flyer in their front yard by a resident. Hanukkah began on Sunday evening.
The flyer contains “propaganda style hate speech relating to the Covid pandemic and Jewish people,” the department said in a statement.
A portion of the flyer received by residents said, “Every single aspect of the COVID agenda is Jewish,” according to Granthshala affiliate KABC
“Police surveyed the area and found that passengers wrapped in plastic bags filled with rice (for weight) were distributed to homes in several blocks in the northeast region of the city,” the police statement said.
NS anti defamation league
previously called for the use of anti-Semitic language to promote conspiracy theories around the COVID-19 pandemic. For this Hanukkah, ADL has launched #shine a light
To raise awareness of anti-Semitism and how the community may respond.
Hate crimes in the US hit a 12-year high in 2020, with more than 7,700 criminal hate crime incidents reported to the FBI, according to the FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics Report. According to FBI data, there were 683 anti-Semitic attacks last year, down from 963 in 2019.
Police said officers were conducting additional patrols in Beverly Hills on Sunday to ensure a safe holiday season.
Anyone with information or videos relating to passengers is encouraged to contact the police department.