September 19, 2019

Anti-Semitic Flyers Found in UC Santa Barbara Neighborhood

Screenshot from Facebook.

Several anti-Semitic flyers were found in a neighborhood near UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) on March 31.

UCSB Student Senator Gabriella Shofet posted a picture of the flyer to her Facebook page that same day; the flyer reads: “Jews worship the Devil. Jews RAPE KIDS. The Holocaust is a LIE.”

“This is what anti-Semitism looks like. In 2019. A block away from my apartment,” Shofet wrote. “My heart aches.”

This is what antisemitism looks like. In 2019. A block away from my apartment. My heart aches.

Posted by Office of Senator Gabriella Shofet- Asucsb on Sunday, March 31, 2019

Students Supporting Israel at UCSB shared Shofet’s post on their Facebook page, writing: “Posted on windshields across Del Playa in Isla Vista. It’s 2019 and anti-Semitism is alive, even in our communities.”

This is what antisemitism looks like. In 2019. A block away from my apartment. My heart aches.

Posted by Office of Senator Gabriella Shofet- Asucsb on Sunday, March 31, 2019

Cyndi Silverman, director of the Santa Barbara Anti-Defamation League, told the Journal in a phone interview that the flyers were found in an area where Jewish UCSB students reside.

“We’re really concerned,” Silverman said. “Santa Barbra Tri-County has just been a hotbed – we’ve had so many anti-Semitic incidents over the last two years.”

Santa Barbara Hillel posted on their Facebook page that the flyers “were discovered on a number of parked cars in Isla Vista as well as in some mailboxes.”

“Santa Barbara Hillel condemns this anti-Semitic crime,” the post stated. “We are coordinating closely with law enforcement to ensure everyone’s safety. Chancellor [Henry] Yang and top UCSB administration take this seriously and are working with us to investigate and respond. Santa Barbara Hillel is here at all times to support students, and we encourage anyone affected by this to take appropriate action.”

Santa Barbara Hillel also encouraged anyone with information about the flyers to contact the UCSB Police Department at (805) 893-3446 or the Isla Visa Foot Patrol at (805) 683-2724.

Andrea Estrada, director of News and Media Relations at UCSB, told the Journal in an email, “We are aware of reports of flyers off campus that contain hateful language. We support our local law enforcement’s efforts to investigate them, and we encourage our students to report any incidents of bias on campus or off.”