Isla Vista, CA – Public officials are strongly condemning the distribution this week of hateful, antisemitic flyers in Isla Vista.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the flyers, which were found inside plastic bags left on roadways around the community adjacent to UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday.
“Sheriff Bill Brown would like to reassure members of the Jewish community that we are actively investigating these incidents, and deputies will continue to reach out to Jewish faith leaders and community centers to establish open communication and address any safety concerns,” said Raquel Zick, the agency’s public information officer.
“The men and women of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office denounce hatred, violence and racism of any kind,” Brown said in a news release.
“While we are pleased that we have had no recent hate crimes against Jewish victims reported in the communities we police, we want to ensure these types of crimes are reported to us if they occur. All such reports are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.”