Anti-Semitic fliers were circulated in an area of north Scottsdale on Wednesday, and the organization asked Scottsdale police to investigate.
In a post on its Twitter account Wednesday, the Arizona Anti-Defamation League said it was “disgusted by anti-Semitic flyers left in Scottsdale neighborhoods this morning.”
The Anti-Defamation League said the fliers were circulated in areas around the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center near Scottsdale Road and Sweetwater Avenue.
The fliers show a drawing of a man spray-painting a swastika onto a wall, along with headlines referring to threats against Jewish community centers and a suggestion that the stories are “fake news.” The fliers listed a website to find more information.
Scottsdale police said the fliers violated no laws.
“The flyers contained no specific threats and though potentially disturbing to some residents, the content did not violate any criminal statutes,” Officer Kevin Watts, a Scottsdale Police Department spokesman, said in an email statement.
Carlos Galindo-Elvira, regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, said that this is another hateful act in a string of recent incidents in the Phoenix area.
A wall of graffiti painted Friday night at Pinnacle High School included multiple swastikas in different colors, as well as the words “White Power” and other words.
In Chandler, a menorah display was contorted into a swastika in December. Arrests in that case were made earlier this month.
The Anti-Defamation League will reach out to schools or specific communities to see if there is an interest in educational programming, Galindo-Elvira said.
“Whether it is this incident or other incidents, we stand ready to be at service to the community, whether anti-Semitic, homophobic or anti-immigration,” Galindo-Elvira said.
Galindo said the Jewish community had received lots of support and was not afraid.
“We feel that the act of dropping those fliers was a message to the Jewish community, ” Galindo-Elvira said. “We are not frightened. We are not deterred and we won’t be silent.”
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