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Thousands of anti-Semitic flyers are sent to homes across the country by the Goyim Defense League

Thousands of anti-Semitic flyers falsely claiming that public health efforts to protect against COVID are being provoked by a cabal of Jewish leaders were distributed to homes in six states over the weekend.

Police officials have launched an investigation after the flyers were found in densely populated Jewish areas of Florida, Colorado, Wisconsin, Texas, California and Maryland.

The hateful campaign appears to have been carried out by members of the anti-Semitic group the Goyim Defense League – their logo and streaming site or featured on the flyers. (“Goyim” is a disdainful Yiddish and Hebrew word for non-Jews.)

“Every aspect of the COVID agenda is Jewish,” reads the flyer’s top line, between the Star of David and a satanic pentagram.

The page continues with the names of top government health officials, drug company leaders and heads of investment management companies with the word Jewish next to them.

“These flyers were distributed randomly and without malicious intent,” the fine print reads.

But local police officers, federal investigators and Jewish groups did not accept the disclaimer.

“There is no place for hatred in our community and it will not be tolerated,” the Miami Beach Police Department tweeted, announcing the active investigation into the distribution of these flyers.

MBPD has announced that they have collected 205 flyers and found the rental car they believe is related to the case. The FBI has joined the open investigation.

The Miami Beach Police Department collected 205 of these flyers across the area this weekend

The Miami Beach Police Department collected 205 of these flyers across the area this weekend

The Goyim Defense League is a well-known anti-Semitic hate group with sectors in the US

The Goyim Defense League is a well-known anti-Semitic hate group with sectors in the US

The Goyim Defense League is a well-known anti-Semitic hate group with sectors in the US

The hate group took off in 2020 when they started spewing false conspiracy theories that defamed the Jewish people with anti-Semitic and anti-COVID stories

The hate group took off in 2020 when they started spewing false conspiracy theories that defamed the Jewish people with anti-Semitic and anti-COVID stories

The hate group took off in 2020 when they started spewing false conspiracy theories that defamed the Jewish people with anti-Semitic and anti-COVID stories

“I took my morning walk with my wife on Sunday morning, and they were everywhere,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber told me. CNN.

“It’s shocking to me because, look, I’m Jewish. … The idea that there are people who are just willing to spew hatred for who I am is shocking to everyone.’

The list includes CDC director Rochelle Walensky, COVID, Pfizer boss Albert Bourla and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink.

It also labeled the Minister of Health and Human Services (HHS), Xavier Becerra, as Jewish, although the son of Mexican immigrants is Roman Catholic. Perhaps the hate group confused him with Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas, whose Jewish mother fled the Holocaust to Cuba.

In November, residents of Beverly Hills reported that the flyers had been left in driveways. And the same hate-filled message was left in Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas and Vermont, according to the Jewish News of Northern California.

The Goyim Defense League is a well-known anti-Semitic group that has been monitored by watchdogs such as StopAntisemitism since August 2020.

Their leader, Jon Minadeo II, 38, of the Bay Area, began running anti-Semitic banners along highways in 2020. He then started GoyimTV, a video platform that streams anti-Semitic content, where he and others post hateful content.

GoyimTV has been banned from its two previous web hosting sites for hate speech, but currently remains online through Cloudflare, StopAntisemitism reported.

“This man does a great job of sidestepping the legal line,” Liora Rez, executive director of StopAntisemitism, said of Minadeo in an interview with DailyMail.com on Wednesday.

Minadeo claims protection under the First Amendment, but Rez insists, “There is an intent to imitate, harass, harm whether they admit it or not.”

“This is not just freedom of speech and assembly, but a campaign of premeditated harassment against Jews,” she told DailyMail.com.

DailyMail.com contacted the Goyim Defense League for comment.

The Jewish Federation of Broward County in South Florida released a statement following the discovery of the flyers: “Because Broward County is home to the world’s third largest population of Holocaust survivors, we are well aware of what happens when hatred may thrive unfettered and unchallenged. As a nation we can do better and we will do better.”

Neighbors also spoke out about the hateful flyers. “Because hatred was spreading so much in our neighborhood, it was shocking to say the least,” Joseph Waks said WFOR.

“We couldn’t believe it, here (in) 2022, here in Surfside. This is absolutely horrific,” he said. “We’re used to hearing stories like this 50 years ago, 60 years ago.”

Flyers claiming to be from the Goyim Defense League have been found in Florida, Colorado, Wisconsin, Texas, California, and Maryland

Flyers claiming to be from the Goyim Defense League have been found in Florida, Colorado, Wisconsin, Texas, California, and Maryland

Flyers claiming to be from the Goyim Defense League have been found in Florida, Colorado, Wisconsin, Texas, California, and Maryland

'Goyim' is a disdainful Yiddish and Hebrew word for non-Jews

'Goyim' is a disdainful Yiddish and Hebrew word for non-Jews

‘Goyim’ is a disdainful Yiddish and Hebrew word for non-Jews

The hate group was founded by Jon Minadeo II, 38, of the Bay Area in 2020 (Pictured: Jon Minadeo III, front, posing in a Nazi salute)

The hate group was founded by Jon Minadeo II, 38, of the Bay Area in 2020 (Pictured: Jon Minadeo III, front, posing in a Nazi salute)

The hate group was founded by Jon Minadeo II, 38, of the Bay Area in 2020 (Pictured: Jon Minadeo III, front, posing in a Nazi salute)

The mayor of San Francisco also blew up flyers scattered throughout the Pacific Heights neighborhood over the weekend.

“There is no place in San Francisco for these anti-Semitic acts and such terrifying tactics,” Mayor London Breed tweeted Tuesday. “We have a strong and proud Jewish community in this city, and we will continue to do everything we can to support all of our diverse communities when they are threatened in this way.”

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), pages defaming Jews and associating them with false COVID conspiracies have also been distributed by the Goyim Defense League in Wisconsin and Maryland.

“These flyers are an attempt to intimidate and harass Jewish communities in the United States,” the ADL tweeted Tuesday.

Minadeo and other Goyim Defense League members broadcast their hateful rants on their online streaming site GoyimTV (Pictured: Jon Minadeo III, left, and Dominic Di Giorgio, right, wearing Goyim Defense League-branded hats)

Minadeo and other Goyim Defense League members broadcast their hateful rants on their online streaming site GoyimTV (Pictured: Jon Minadeo III, left, and Dominic Di Giorgio, right, wearing Goyim Defense League-branded hats)

Minadeo and other Goyim Defense League members broadcast their hateful rants on their online streaming site GoyimTV (Pictured: Jon Minadeo III, left, and Dominic Di Giorgio, right, wearing Goyim Defense League-branded hats)

The group has been known to offer monetary compensation to members who participate or attract media attention with their hateful campaigns (Pictured: Jon Minadeo III, left, wearing a Goyim Defense League hat as they sit next to Jesse Shenk, right)

The group has been known to offer monetary compensation to members who participate or attract media attention with their hateful campaigns (Pictured: Jon Minadeo III, left, wearing a Goyim Defense League hat as they sit next to Jesse Shenk, right)

The group has been known to offer monetary compensation to members who participate or attract media attention with their hateful campaigns (Pictured: Jon Minadeo III, left, wearing a Goyim Defense League hat as they sit next to Jesse Shenk, right)

The ADL defined the Goyim Defense League as “a loose network of individuals connected by their virulent anti-Semitism…through the Internet, through propaganda distributions, and in street actions…to troll or otherwise harass Jews.”

But Rez rejected the claim that this is a “loose network.”

“They are not loosely connected at all. It’s kind of an anti-Semitic brotherhood led by Jon and his little followers follow him like soldiers.’

Since the Goyim Defense League first attracted national attention in 2020, it has quickly expanded across the country with ‘targeted’ and ‘premeditated’ campaigns.

Minadeo often uses its platform to “financially incentivize fanatics to join them.” He has been known to offer monetary compensation to members who participate or attract media attention with their hateful campaigns.

Rez also claims that many members of the Goyim Defense League have violent and disturbing criminal histories. She gave the names of several members controlled by her group, including Jesse Shenk, Franklin Barrett Sechriest, and Joseph Bounds.

The Goyim Defense League is one of several anti-Semitic hate groups that have sprung up during the pandemic taking advantage of COVID conspiracy theories (Pictured: A white van covered in swastika and anti-Semitic slur that was used during a Goyim Defense League 'tour' of Florida in May 2020)

The Goyim Defense League is one of several anti-Semitic hate groups that have sprung up during the pandemic taking advantage of COVID conspiracy theories (Pictured: A white van covered in swastika and anti-Semitic slur that was used during a Goyim Defense League 'tour' of Florida in May 2020)

The Goyim Defense League is one of several anti-Semitic hate groups that have sprung up during the pandemic taking advantage of COVID conspiracy theories (Pictured: A white van covered in swastika and anti-Semitic slur that was used during a Goyim Defense League ‘tour’ of Florida in May 2020)

Shenk, 31, was arrested last year in Del Norte County, California for attempting to lure children online with the intent to commit sexual acts. He and Minadeo have been photographed together several times.

Sechriest, 18, was arrested for arson after the exterior of the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Austin was set on fire on Halloween. Authorities say Sechriest was found with a collection of Nazi propaganda and swastika stickers, as well as magazines documenting his hatred for the Jewish community.

Bounds, 34, of Denver, was arrested in Miami last year for refusing to follow police orders during a traffic stop after he was seen vandalizing a white van with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans while tearing down a highway banner.

These men are just some of the supposed thousands of members who have started following the hate group since 2020.

The group has taken off in the midst of the pandemic, but Rez believes the anti-Semitism extends beyond the conspiracy theories surrounding COVID.

“They took advantage of the popularity of the pandemic to vilify Jews and this is the best way to do it in their view,” she said.

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