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CAIR-LA Condemns Antisemitic Flyers Linking Jewish Community to COVID Pandemic in Pasadena and Beverly Hills 

(LOS ANGELES, CA – 12/20/2021) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today condemned the distribution of antisemitic flyers in Pasadena and Beverly Hills that attempt to make a connection between the COVID-19 pandemic and Jewish people. 

On Sunday, more than 200 propaganda-style flyers were found along Washington Boulevard, Mentor Avenue, Catalina and Wilson avenues in Pasadena. A similar situation occurred in Beverly Hills over the weekend, which is the second time this year that residents have discovered hate-filled flyers in their neighborhood. Police in both cities have launched hate crime investigations.  

SEE: Pasadena, Beverly Hills police investigating flyers linking Jewish community to COVID pandemic 

In a statement, CAIR-LA Deputy Executive Director Masih Fouladi said: 

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen an increase in hate and blame directed at marginalized communities. We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community, the Asian-American community and all minorities who have been unjustly targeted by irrational fear and bigotry. 

“We thank the Pasadena and Beverly Hills police departments for investigating these incidents of hate and look forward to them apprehending those responsible.” 

As a result of the increase in hate and bullying targeting people of faith as well as those of African, Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI), Black, immigrant, Middle Eastern descent, CAIR-LA recently launched the Center for the Prevention of Hate and Bullying to address these incidents more proactively. 

To report any bias incidents, contact CAIR-LA’s Civil Rights Department at (714) 776-1177 or click here to file a report. 

CAIR-LA is Southern California’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.  
 
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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Social & Digital Manager Enjy El-Kadi, (714) 776-1847 or eelkadi@cair.com

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