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News - February 25, 2022

Palo Alto neighborhoods littered with antisemitic flyers

Police seek the perpetrators in what has become a nationwide pattern of hate

by Sue Dremann

Dozens of antisemitic flyers were found on Sunday morning around Palo Alto, one of many Bay Area cities in which hate-based misinformation has recently been spread, Palo Alto police confirmed on Tuesday.

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Posted by NanaDi
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 23, 2022 at 10:54 am

NanaDi is a registered user.

This is a shocking and horrific example of those persons who live to sow hatred and fear among others. What a pathetic pursuit. So appalling and distressing that this ugly, ignorant attitude has survived through the centuries. I applaud the comments of Rabbi Josef Levin, and encourage all Palo Alto citizens of Good Will to follow his advice. "Where there is hatred, let me sow Love."

Posted by Joel
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 23, 2022 at 11:14 am

Joel is a registered user.

I guess that there were no security cameras at the homes?

Posted by KOhlson
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 23, 2022 at 11:20 am

KOhlson is a registered user.

Something similar seems to have happened in others areas:
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The second articles states this happened in several other areas. .

Posted by revdreileen
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 23, 2022 at 12:45 pm

revdreileen is a registered user.

As a Christian leader in this community, I am appalled by this incident and other incidents of hate against our neighbors because of their faith, ethnicity, or for any characteristic that white supremacists/Christian nationalists use to instill fear and gain power.

All people are made in the image of God.

People of all faiths and none have the right and responsibility to engage constructively in the public square.

One’s religious affiliation, or lack thereof, should be irrelevant to one’s standing in the civic community.

Conflating religious authority with political authority is idolatrous and often leads to oppression of minority and other marginalized groups as well as the spiritual impoverishment of religion.

We must stand up to and speak out against hate speech, especially when it inspires acts of violence and intimidation—including vandalism, bomb threats, arson, hate crimes, and attacks on houses of worship—against religious communities at home and abroad.

As Christians, we must speak in one voice condemning hate incidents as a distortion of the way of Jesus and a threat to American democracy.

Posted by Eva_PA
a resident of Ventura
on Feb 23, 2022 at 1:39 pm

Eva_PA is a registered user.

My sister in Tiburon saw what sounds to be the same thing. Disgusting flyers blaming COVID on a Jewish conspiracy. So ugly and so horrible to see the rise in incidents.

Posted by cmarg
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 23, 2022 at 5:35 pm

cmarg is a registered user.

So sad that people have so much fear that they hurt others. I pray that the people who created and distributed the flyers find peace and work on themselves versus hurting others. I am praying for unity and kindness.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 24, 2022 at 9:55 am

Online Name is a registered user.

Shame on PA "leaders" who bounced the city's response to DA Rosen rather than speaking out themselves via our multi-million dollar PR staff as Berkeley and other cities did. Our city manager, police chief and city council should have spoken out IMMEDIATELY, not 2 days later and only after being pressured to do so.

When they finally DID respond, half of the release was devoted to a 2020 statement on Gender & Equity in the WORKPLACE!! in our fair city. Were they suggesting those distributing the fliers were city employees or were they more interested in patting themselves on the back? They were so "proud" of their "statement" a year later about opposing anti-Asian attacks yet the city AGAIN again stayed pathetically silent when an Asian-American PA ELECTED official got repeated death threats!

Actions speak louder than statements.

Rosen's response was weak, wishy-washy AND laughable as he suggested inviting "a hater to a seder" rather than doing his job and prosecuting haters, especially given his weak track record.

Remember how leniently he treated the 29-year-old who made 7 threatening phone calls to a PA elected official, letting the guy off with a slap on the wrist AND expunging the guy's record after he went to a few AA classes.

We need some in-depth reporting on Rosen's record and on his opponents in the next election.

Whatever PR maven crafted Mayor Burt's statement about how "impressive" Rosen's response was needs a new job.

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