Pasadena police are investigating after nearly 200 anti-Semitic travelers linking COVID-19 to Jewish people were distributed in various parts of the city on Sunday morning, officials said.
City spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said passengers were thrown randomly on the street, sidewalks and driveways of homes along the Mentor, Catalina, Wilson and Mar Vista avenues as well as Washington Boulevard in the Bungalow Haven neighborhood.
He said the police started getting calls about the passengers at around 8.30 am.
“Every single aspect of the COVID agenda is Jewish,” passengers said, listing the names of various federal health and corporate officials.
Police believe the passengers were distributed between midnight and 4 a.m., Derderian said. They were thrown into homes and sealed in plastic with pebbles inside to reduce weight.
“The distribution of anti-Semitic fliers in Pasadena and other Southern California communities over the weekend is abhorrent and completely against the values of our city and its residents,” Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo said in a written statement. “We know that Pasadena residents – of all religions – will stand together and speak out against hatred in all forms.”
The Jewish community is intimidated by travelers, said Jason Moss, executive director of the Jewish Association of Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys.
“It is disgusting to blame the Jewish community not only for the spread of COVID-19 and the institution of safety protocols and measures to help our country combat the pandemic around the world,” Moss wrote. “Furthermore, to promote a long-standing belief that there is a worldwide Jewish conspiracy is repulsive.”
Police said they are investigating and are asking anyone who may have information about the flyers, or possible video evidence via Ring or other security cameras, from the Police Department at 626-744-4241 You can ask to get in touch.
Also on Sunday, Beverly Hills police were investigating passengers filled with similar anti-Semitic claims regarding COVID-19.
On Saturday, a resident reported finding hated travelers. Officials surveyed the area and found that flyers distributed evenly throughout the city on the southwest side of the city were used in an incident on 28 November.
City News Service contributed to this story.