On January 23, 2022, many of our neighbors were horrified to find antisemitic flyers distributed throughout the Arvada community. This antisemitic propaganda mirrors flyers distributed nationwide in several cities, and it has caused many residents to feel unsafe.
The Arvada Police Department (APD) was contacted by community members, who reported that flyers listing the names of national COVID-19 guideline decision makers and identifying them as members of the Jewish community, were distributed to homes in northwest Arvada. Anitsemitic and racially inflammatory websites were also listed on the flyers. APD Crime Scene Investigators have been processing the evidence this week, and an APD intelligence detective is in contact with the Anti-Defamation League, as many law enforcement agencies across the nation look into the groups responsible for the distribution of this material.
APD reached out to local Rabbi Benjy Brackmanfor consultation. Rabbi Brackman states, “Antisemitism cannot be tolerated at any level and cities should recognize that even the most benign forms of antisemitism are meant to intimidate the Jewsih community to make them feel unsafe and unwelcome. I personally salute the city of Arvada's police department for dedicating the resources to prosecute the perpetrators of these vile leaflets distributed in their city.”
The City of Arvada strongly condemns all acts of hate and religious bigotry. Furthermore, false information tying the pandemic to ethnic or religious groups is abhorrent and harms our community.
The City of Arvada is committed to enhancing the lives of all who live, work and play in our community. We encourage all members of our community to work together to ensure our city continues to be a welcoming and safe community for all.
- by City Manager