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Monday, April 12, 2021

‘Shocking and Outrageous’: Reactions to Anti-Semitic Banner on 405 Freeway

Aaron Bandler is a staff writer for the Jewish Journal, mainly covering anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. Originally from the Bay Area, his past work experience includes writing for The Daily Wire, The Daily Caller and Townhall.

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Aaron Bandler
Aaron Bandler is a staff writer for the Jewish Journal, mainly covering anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. Originally from the Bay Area, his past work experience includes writing for The Daily Wire, The Daily Caller and Townhall.

A banner stating, “The Jews want a race war” was found hanging on an overpass on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles on Aug. 22.

The banner, which was close to the Florence Avenue exit in Inglewood, was also in between two other banners. One banner read, “Honk if you know” and the other referenced a website called “GoyimTV.”

 

Jewish groups condemned the banners.

“We’re aware of the #antisemitic banner drops from over the weekend on the 405 [freeway],” Anti-Defamation League Los Angeles tweeted. “We’ve been working closely with law enforcement to identify the perpetrators. We want to thank community members for contacting us & continue to encourage reporting. Los Angeles is #NoPlaceforHate.”

 

American Jewish Committee Los Angeles Regional Director Rick Hirschhaut similarly tweeted, “A shocking and outrageous display of antisemitism yesterday targeting motorists along the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. Though eventually removed, it is essential that the [California Highway Patrol] and relevant agencies guard against such crude expressions of hate and assaults upon public safety.”

 

StandWithUs CEO and co-founder Roz Rothstein also tweeted, “People are circulating this picture of a nasty/hateful sign that was hung on one of the Los Angeles freeways. So some nuts think that Jews want a ‘race war.’ Seriously. Isnt [sic] that what neo-Nazis (who hate Jews) want? Maybe the nuts are confused.”

Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action Agenda at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Rabbi Abraham Cooper said in a statement to the Journal, “SWC has asked Councilmembers [Paul] Koretz and [David] Ryu to get the Jew-hating banners unfurled by anti-Semitic cowards removed by DOT [Los Angeles Department of Transportation]. They will continue their anonymous attacks on social media and everywhere else they can act stealthily to spread Jew-hatred without fear of being held accountable.”

The Los Angeles Police Department did not immediately respond to the Journal’s request for comment.

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