Jersey Shore town wakes up to anti-Semitic flyers
BRIGANTINE — Flyers inside small plastic sandwich bags with a message considered anti-Semitic were scattered all over a Jersey Shore city on Sunday morning.
Brigantine police said the flyers were thrown randomly onto properties in the early morning hours but did not contain a specific threat. Their distribution is being investigated as a bias incident.
"It is consistent with anti-Semitic flyers that news outlets have reported as having been distributed in similar manners throughout the United States in recent weeks. It appears that these flyers are being randomly distributed publicly and are not targeting any specific residences or businesses," police said in a statement.
Breaking AC reported the flyers were found in the Five Towns in Nassau County on Long Island and in Florida including Coral Gales, Jacksonville, Miami and Orlando. The Five Towns on Long Island have a "sizable Jewish community," according to New York state Sen. Anna Kaplan.
Police did not disclose the message and asked residents and the media not to share images of the flyers.
An image of the message posted by CBS Philadelphia showed one side of the flyer with a British flag and a message that read, “America did not break free from a small country across the sea." On the other side, it says, "Just to get controlled by another small country across the sea years later" with an Israeli flag.
Scott Richman, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League of New York and Jersey said the ADL has been tracking the appearance of the flyers from the Goyim Defense League around the country which is perfectly legal.
"It's very important to focus on the fact that they understand the limit of free speech. They're going up to the limits of free speech. In the flyer they specifically say they are not targeting anybody in particular. It appears to be on a random set of lawns. It's not like they targeted members of the Jewish community. It's not like they targeted anyone in particular. It was random. WHile it's very troubling it's not illegal," Richman told New Jersey 101.5.
"It's virulent, anti-Semitic, propaganda. It's disgusting and everybody must speak up against it," Richman said.
He said the group thrives on distribution of propaganda and the attention they get from the flyer which creates a double edge sword of awareness.
"People need to be careful. While people speak up against this we can't give them too much oxygen," Richman said, adding that they're also promoting a streaming service which further speads their message and monitizes it. The stream service includes video in which members of he Jewish community are approached and taunted as a form of "entertainment."
"Their streaming service is not just used for putting out anti-Semitism it's used to make money," Richman said. "They will be asking for money and people will be tuning in. They have many followers who will give money. It's like a form of entertainment. They monetize hate," Richman said.
The Wildwoods, not your average Jersey Beach town.
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