“The City of West Hollywood has heard from community members concerned about anti-Semitic materials and speech,” reads an official statement by the City of West Hollywood in response to a recent wave of anti semitic messaging in the Los Angeles area. “This includes images of posters shared on social media regarding COVID-19 vaccination status that feature holocaust-related imagery. While there are no specific reports about hate materials or posters placed in West Hollywood, such a demonstration of hate is deeply troubling to our community. Hate has no place in the City of West Hollywood.”
Anti Semitic messages have appeared in Beverly Hills and most recently a poster fashioned after Nazi propaganda was found next to a Synagogue in the Fairfax District. The poster features an A and a V forming the Star of David with the words “Anti Vaxxer” over it, suggesting a connection between Jewish people and those who refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The poster also tries to link a West Hollywood business with a phone number that goes directly to The Abbey Food & Bar.
NBC Los Angeles reports that some 200 fliers were found in Pasadena and Beverly Hills this past weekend. They appear to list names across the CDC, Biden administration and pharmaceutical companies attempting to link them all to a Jewish conspiracy.
Another poster was removed from an electrical box just outside Cedars-Sinai hospital.
“@WeHoCity has heard reports of anti-Semitic materials being posted,” West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister tweeted. “If you see something, call the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310) 855-8850 and, in an emergency, always call 911. The City will immediately remove hate materials or vandalism reported to @WHDLASD.”
“We MUST root out #antisemitism wherever it exists,” West Hollywood council member Lindsey Horvath added on her own Twitter account. “Our schools must be places of education, where our young people can learn their history so we don’t allow the atrocities of the past to appear in our future. And our communities must work TOGETHER to keep each other safe.”
According to the WeHo City statement, “The City of West Hollywood has a core value of respect and support for all people and there is zero tolerance for hate, intolerance, or discrimination.”