October 14, 2019

Anti-Semitic Flyers Found Near West Valley Schools

Photo from Julia Levin, courtesy of Algemeiner.

A series of anti-Semitic flyers were found in the West Valley area of the San Fernando Valley on March 18, as first reported by the Algemeiner.

The flyers show a picture of swastika and ask if it’s “a hate symbol”; it then asks if a Star of David is a hate symbol.

“The murder of innocent women and children by a Rothschild led Jewish Zionist armed militia to forcibly confiscate the Land of Palestine now known as Israel,” the flyer states.

Above this flyer was another asked, “What’s the difference between crackheads and Jews?”

According to the Algemeiner, four of the aforementioned flyers were discovered around El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills and another was found in close proximity to Nestle Avenue Charter Elementary School in Tarzana; they have since been taken down.

Dean Bennett, assistant principal of El Camino Real Charter High School, told the Journal in an email, “There were four flyers in total, all were taken down, and police were notified. The executive director and I did a perimeter check today and we didn’t see any additional flyers.”

Los Angeles Police Department Public Information Officer Drake Madison told the Journal in a phone interview that the LAPD is aware of the flyers being in “different locations” in the San Fernando Valley and that it is being investigated as a hate crime.

Nestle Avenue Charter Elementary School did not respond to the Journal’s request for comment.

Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper told Algemeiner, “The language includes reference to Rothschilds which would seem to indicate someone who has been absorbing new/old anti-Semitic tropes on social media.”

Cooper told the Journal in a March 19 phone interview that the Rothschild anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, which came into being 200 years ago, have been “resurrected” thanks to the Internet.

“You see someone using ‘Rothschild’ as an adjective for alleged Jewish greed, avarice, misdeeds, conspiracy to control, a la Protocols of Zion,” Cooper said. “The question is, where would someone in the year 2019 come up with a Rothschild, of all things?”

Cooper added that whoever is responsible for the flyer likely “cut-and-paste it from the Internet.” He also said that 20 different people had notified him about the flyers, suggesting that the flyers “hit a chord.”

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In January, Mishkan Torah Valley Community Kollel was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti.