ST. GEORGE, Utah (KUTV) — Flyers containing anti-Semitic propaganda were found in a St. George neighborhood, following a pattern of reports across the country in recent weeks.
The flyers repeat tropes about Jews being responsible for the war in Ukraine and abortion.
“It’s horrible. I don’t want it here, but I know it’s here,” said Raquel Cox, a St. George resident who found two flyers in her yard. “It needs to be addressed, they need to be held accountable, if not just have attention put on them and not the kind that they want.”
The flyers are inside Ziploc bags with rice in them. Similar bags have been found in neighborhood across the country, including California, Florida, New York, and Minnesota.
Last month, representative Charlie Christ (R- Florida) sent a letter to FBI director Christopher Wray asking the agency to look into where the propaganda originated.
In Utah, the FBI told KUTV it is aware of the pamphlets in St. George, but did not confirm or deny that agents are investigating.
FBI Salt Lake City is aware of this situation and in close coordination with local partners. We ask our communities to stay vigilant and report suspicious activity. No further information is available at this time.
The flyers are nothing new for the Jewish community.
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“I remember when I was in college, someone was passing out flyers about how Jews were responsible for 9/11,” said Rabbi Sam Spector of the Congregation Kol Ami in Salt Lake City.
In addition to reporting anti-Semitic propaganda to law enforcement, Spector encourages anyone who find flyers like this to file a complaint with the Anti-Defamation League.
The ADL maintains a website about antisemitism and how old myths about Jews are used by modern hate groups.
“Unfortunately some of the groups spreading this misinformation are hate groups and are actually putting peoples’ lives in danger,” Spector said.