A residential neighborhood in Miami Beach, home to a large Jewish community, is under attack from an unknown racist bigot.
Mychael Schnell of The Hill reported that “antisemitic fliers were left at hundreds of homes in Miami Beach overnight on Sunday, Jan. 23 [in] the latest incident against the Jewish community reported in recent days.”
According to Schnell, “The Miami Beach Police Department announced on Twitter on Sunday that detectives are looking into the origin of the antisemitic flyers that were distributed in residential neighborhoods overnight.”
Following their announcement, authorities added that they had significantly increased police patrols throughout the neighborhood and surrounding nearby religious institutions.
In a tweet, the department wrote, “There is no place for hate in our community, and it will not be tolerated.”
The discovery of the antisemitic flyers was detailed over social media by Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, who revealed that “hundreds of residents” in one of the city’s neighborhoods has encountered the hate-filled materials.
“The flyers, contained in a plastic bag with small pebbles, list the names of Jewish officials who work at government health agencies and for pharmaceutical companies,” Schnell said. He added that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, who is Jewish, is among those who are included and mentioned within the discriminatory materials.
“There is no place for this in our community, and we will do all we can to make that point clear,” Mayor Gelber wrote in a follow-up message to his community.
In her own statement, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said, “As the Mayor of our beautifully diverse, inclusive and caring community, and the first Jewish Mayor of Miami-Dade County, antisemitism and all acts of hatred and bigotry cut especially close to my heart.”
“I call on our entire community to firmly and forcefully condemn this disturbing flyer and all forms of hateful rhetoric, threats, violence and bigotry that have become increasingly common in our divided society.”
In what may be part of an alarming nationwide trend, Schnell also noted that similar antisemitic flyers had also recently been found in neighborhoods in both California and Texas. Investigators have so far refused to comment on how the cases may be connected or if similar attacks had occurred in any additional regions.
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