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San Antonio officials denounce recent anti-Semitic material and protests

San Antonio – San Antonio Police are investigating after anti-Semitic fliers had been left within the driveways of residents dwelling in Northside communities.

San Antonio resident Catherine S. discovered fliers in her neighborhood and was shocked by the message it contained.

“I picked one up and opened it, and inside I found these disgusting anti-Semitic fliers full of propaganda and disgusting things about Jewish people,” Catherine stated.

The chief of an area Jewish group group stated that is simply the newest in a collection of incidents and believes there are totally different causes as to why that is occurring now.

“We believe this group has come from out of town to share their hatred, to share their message, and it’s an unfortunate scene to have in San Antonio,” stated NammieIchilov, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio.

Ichilov stated they’re working with federal and native legislation enforcement about these incidents.

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“If it’s the same group, you know, or the same individuals, they demonstrated near the Jewish Community Center in Austin, Shalom Austin, and they were using World War II symbols and phrases. And just trying to instigate the Jewish community,” Ichilov stated.

A gaggle held a protest outdoors the Jewish Federation of San Antonio facility and San Antonio Police had been current.

“I think that we’re living through a difficult time in the United States. I think people are feeling very polarized and feeling very threatened and Jews, unfortunately, are the recipients of much of that angst. We also have in a few weeks, November 9th is the night of Kristallnacht, which was the first event of World War II, that kicked off the events of World War II. And so sometimes leading up to that evening, there’s a lot more rhetoric, there are a lot more issues going on,” Ichilov stated.

Other native leaders denounced the distribution of the anti-Semitic flyers.

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“We are aware of the anti-Semitic material distributed this Sunday and protests at both Cornerstone Church and the Jewish Community Center earlier today. The ignorant, hate-filled messages and protesters are likely the same small group of people. Chief McManus has informed me SAPD was observing the group to ensure there was no breach of peace,” District 9 Councilman John Courage stated in a press release. “San Antonio is a compassionate multicultural community that is welcoming of all faiths and peoples. However, we have zero tolerance for radical individuals seeking to sow hate and incite violence. These professional out-of-town agitators are hiding behind the first amendment to bring fear to our Jewish community. I want our Jewish neighbors to know we stand with them but refuse to give these anti-Semites any more media attention. They are not welcome here.”

In a press release from District 8 Councilman Manny Pelaez, he condemned the actions that befell.

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“My San Antonio overwhelmingly rejects hatred, bigotry, and racism. Protests like these are nothing but sleazy attempts to dehumanize those whom I call my friends my neighbors. Thankfully, San Antonio knows these bigots are not patriots, and what they are doing is completely unethical and dishonest. I hope my Jewish friends and neighbors know they are loved and that these protestors are not part of our community, nor are they welcome in San Antonio,” Pelaez stated.

The FBI San Antonio Division stated they’re involved with authorities as they conduct an area investigation.

“We are aware of the incident in San Antonio and are in regular contact with local authorities. If in the course of the local investigation, information comes to light of a potential federal violation, the FBI is prepared to investigate.”

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