Antisemitic flyers in plastic sandwich bags were distributed to homes throughout Forest Acres earlier this month. The local police department is now investigating.
The material is thought to be part of a nationwide harassment campaign against Jewish residents, according to the police department.
“We at the Forest Acres Police Department are very disturbed about these flyers and do not want them anywhere in our city,” reads a statement from the police department posted to Facebook Friday afternoon.
An image shared by the police department shows a flyer that reads, “Every single aspect of the media is Jewish” with logos of various national media companies. The police department blurred portions of the flyer where it showed images of a handful of media executives.
The police department has been in contact with the Beth Shalom Synagogue in Forest Acres and has put that facility on a special property check to monitor for additional harassment. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is also monitoring Columbia’s Tree of Life Synagogue and the Chabad of South Carolina.
The police department does not believe the flyers were distributed by local residents, but rather a group of people traveling through the area.
“The flyers themselves are not criminal in nature, but we are taking this seriously and investigating the matter thoroughly as if it is criminal in nature,” the department’s statement adds.
The department did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.
Similar flyers have been found in major cities across the U.S. Identical flyers were found distributed on cars in downtown Atlanta in April, according to reporting by the Atlanta Jewish Times.
The flyers appear to be a coordinated effort by the antisemitic group “Goyim Defense League.” In 2021 that group was responsible for at least 74 antisemitic propaganda incidents, according to the nonprofit Stop Antisemitism.
That nonprofit has documented dozens of occasions when identical flyers were distributed in different parts of the country, as well as similar flyers that accuse Jewish residents of orchestrating everything from COVID-19 to the Russia-Ukraine conflict and other global events.
Thread - We've put together an approx. timeline over the past four years covering the antisemitic harassement campaigns by the white supremacist group 'Goyim Defense League' led by Jon Minadeo II
1. May 23 2022: Kenosha WI - antisemitic flier drop pic.twitter.com/8NGeWSDwvG
— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) May 26, 2022
The nonprofit reported a rash of the propaganda in April, during the Jewish holiday Passover.
The antisemitic group associated with the flyers also runs a video platform with antisemitic content, including videos denying that the Holocaust occurred. The platform also contains many examples of white supremacist language.