U.S. House of Representative Ted Lieu, in an August 25 letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, urged the FBI to launch a formal investigation into the antisemitic flyers that were distributed to local homes over the weekend of August 19-21. Lieu’s office did not disclose the flyers’ contents.
Lieu, the co-chair of the bipartisan Anti-Semitism Task Force, wrote in a statement, “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the antisemitic flyers distributed in Brentwood and Pacific Palisades over the weekend.
“These recent incidents follow a string of antisemitic acts that have shocked and appalled our community. We need the Department of Justice to help local law enforcement track down those responsible for these flyers, and to address the antisemitism that is on the rise here and all over the country.
“We have to hold perpetrators accountable and prevent these incidents,” Lieu said. “I stand in solidarity with our Jewish neighbors and urge the FBI to do more to keep our community safe.”
In his letter to Wray, Lieu wrote: “On August 21, 2022, residents of the Brentwood and Pacific Palisades neighborhoods reported to local law enforcement that they discovered antisemitic flyers at their doorsteps. At this time, it is unclear how many residents and communities have been impacted by this unwarranted act.”
Lieu updated Wray on prior acts “In December 2019, the Nessah Synagogue, a Persian Jewish congregation in Beverly Hills, was vandalized, resulting in damage to the sanctuary and several Jewish relics. Days later, three Los Angeles Jewish schools were tagged with antisemitic graffiti. According to police reports, a swastika and hateful messages, including the phrase ‘time to pay,’ were found spray painted at the American Jewish University in Bel Air, the Westwood Charter School, and Milken Community High School.”
Lieu said that this past January, antisemitic fliers were found at seven elementary and middle schools in Santa Monica, prompting an investigation by local law enforcement.
“I am deeply concerned because if these acts continue to happen without appropriate consequences, they will eventually lead to violence,” Lieu wrote.
He urged Wray update him and his staff on any developments. “I appreciate your work and am willing and able to provide any support or assistance you may need,” Lieu said.