Anti-Semitic Flyers Dropped Off in Massachusetts Neighborhood

Anti-Semitic flyers dropped off in a Massachusetts neighborhood have sparked a police investigation.

The flyers were found dropped at properties in Peabody, a city in Massachusetts, police told local news outlet NBC10 Boston.

Most of the pamphlets were placed inside a zip plastic bag and were weighed down with pebbles.

They pushed the false claim that: "Every single aspect of the COVID agenda is Jewish," the Salem News reported.

The flyers also reportedly contained bullet points that blamed certain government officials, pharmaceutical executives and scientists.

Residents of the area told NBC10 Boston that they were shocked to find out that the pamphlets had been distributed in their community. The flyers were found as Jewish communities were observing Shavuot, one of three major festivals in Judaism.

Police Launch Investigation

Peabody Police Department Capt. Dennis Bonaiuto said an investigation had been launched into the matter, but that there are currently no suspects. He said the department was canvassing houses along streets where the flyers were found, and examining surveillance cameras to try to identify suspects.

Flyers carrying the same messaging were distributed in and around Denver, San Francisco and Miami in January, NBC News reported.

Residents of the affected cities said they also contained the message: "Every single aspect of the COVID agenda is Jewish."

The Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region said at the time that in Denver, "white supremacist and anti-vaccine propaganda was also distributed locally with the antisemitic messages."

It said that the pamphlets appear to have been distributed by "a loose network of individuals that engages in antisemitic stunts to harass Jews."

"They work alone, in small cliques and occasionally travel across the country to work together in larger teams," the Anti-Defamation League said.

In 2021, the Anti-Defamation League found that anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. reached an all-time high, with 2,717 incidents of assault, harassment and vandalism—the highest figure since records began in 1979.

The number represents an average of more than seven incidents per day and a 34 percent increase year over year. The report found that attacks rose against Jewish institutions, including Jewish community centers (JCCs) and synagogues, at K-12 schools, and on college campuses.

"In 2021, the world still wasn't fully reopened yet," the group's CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said at a press conference at the time. "People were still socially distancing. Businesses are still shuttered. Campuses are still closed and yet, 2021, far and away, the highest total we have ever seen."

Newsweek has contacted the Anti-Defamation League for comment.

People hold up placards and Union flags
People hold up placards and Union flags as they gather for a demonstration organized by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism outside the head office of the British opposition Labour Party in central London on April 8, 2018. Flyers containing anti-semitic messaging were found dropped on people’s property in Peabody, a city in Massachusetts, last week. TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images