Antisemitic Flyers Appear in Colleyville, Texas, a Month After Synagogue Hostage-Taking Attack
February 22, 2022
Just over a month after the hostage-taking incident at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area city were disturbed to find antisemitic flyers tossed outside their homes on Saturday night.
According to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram report, the flyers — including antisemitic messaging such as “Every single aspect of the Covid agenda is Jewish” — were distributed in clear sandwich bags to driveways around the city.
The Colleyville Police Department is investigating the incident as a hate crime and notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Anyone with relevant information is asked to call the Colleyville Police Department at (817) 743-4522.
We are aware of anti-Semitic and white separatist materials distributed in clear sandwich bags to driveways around the city overnight. We have been in contact with the FBI and are investigating as a Hate Crime. Info or video please call non-emergency number to report 817-743-4522
— Colleyville Police (@ColleyvillePD) February 20, 2022
Colleyville Mayor Richard Newton stated, “I am saddened that individuals chose to bring this intolerance to Colleyville. These viewpoints do not reflect those I find in our community members. Our citizens have consistently chosen to love and support one another, no matter their religious beliefs or heritage. The City unequivocally denounces hate in any form — it has no place in our city.”
The flyers were similar in appearance and messaging to flyers that have been distributed across the U.S. in recent months by supporters of the Goyim Defense League (GDL), a neo-Nazi group, who were also responsible for the unfurling of a banner reading “Vax the Jews” on a highway overpass in Austin, Texas, in October.
On Jan. 15h, an Islamist gunman took four hostages during Shabbat services at Congregation Beth Israel, a Reform Jewish shul in Colleyville.
The attacker, 44-year-old British national Malik Faisal Akram, was shot dead by a SWAT team after an 11-hour standoff, during which he demanded the U.S. release convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui from prison.
All the hostages, including Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, survived unhurt.