FBI investigating antisemitic flyers in Colleyville

Flyers found in Colleyville accused Jews of causing COVID-19 and made hate-filled racist statements about black people.

FBI van in Texas  (photo credit: REUTERS)
FBI van in Texas
(photo credit: REUTERS)

Antisemitic and white supremacist flyers found in the driveways of members of Congregation Beth Israel by Colleyville, Texas, police are being investigated by the FBI as a hate crime, according to FOX7 Austin.

One flyer claimed “every single aspect of the COVID agenda is Jewish,” another made connections to Jewish members of the Biden administration, and a third flyer said, “Black lives murder white children.”

Congregation Beth Israel, where a terrorist took four of its members hostage last month, issued a statement saying that antisemitism is now a “reality” in the United States and the entire world.

“Following a harrowing ordeal at our congregation on January 15, where four congregants were held hostage, several of our members today received antisemitic flyers in their respective driveways” the statement said. “We understand that the Colleyville Police Department and the FBI are investigating, and their involvement brings comfort. We are hopeful that the individual(s) responsible will be identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Circulating hate speech cannot be taken lightly. Unfortunately, antisemitism is a reality in the United States and around the world. Each of us has a responsibility to root out hate, and work toward building a community where all belong and all can thrive.”

 A law enforcement vehicle is parked at a school in the area where a man believed to have taken people hostage at a synagogue during services that were being streamed live, in Colleyville, Texas, U.S. January 15, 2022.  (credit: REUTERS/Shelby Tauber) A law enforcement vehicle is parked at a school in the area where a man believed to have taken people hostage at a synagogue during services that were being streamed live, in Colleyville, Texas, U.S. January 15, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/Shelby Tauber)

FOX7 Austin quoted a local community member in Colleyville, Nathan Boone, as saying: “I think the right thing to do is just to pick them up [the flyers] and dispose of them properly.”

A 44-year-old British Pakistani armed with a pistol took four people hostage during a Shabbat prayer service at Beth Israel in Colleyville on January 15.

The terrorist released one hostage after six hours, and the remaining three hostages escaped 11 hours into the standoff. Officers from the FBI Hostage Rescue Team entered the synagogue and fatally shot the terrorist, Malik Faisal Akram. 

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