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Tiburon council backs town resolution condemning antisemitic fliers

Tiburon has officially passed a resolution condemning recent antisemitic activity and hate speech and affirming the town will not stand for bigotry of any kind.

The Town Council at its April 20 teleconference meeting voted unanimously to pass the resolution, which was backed by the town’s Diversity Inclusion Task Force.

“Sometimes out of something very bad, something good happens,” Councilmember Holli Thier said of the resolution.

In addition to strongly condemning a February incident in which antisemitic fliers were distributed to at least 60 homes, the resolution declares its support for the celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month in May and expresses support for the passage of Assembly Bill 2282, which is now pending in the state legislature. That bill would expand and strengthen the definition of hate crimes to include the commission of acts for the purpose of terrorizing others, including the hanging of a noose, the display of a symbol of hate such as the Nazi swastika or the burning or desecrating of religious symbols.

The fliers, placed in plastic sandwich bags with rice for ballast, were thrown along Paradise and Stewart drives Feb. 20 from the window of a moving car, according to video footage captured by residents and turned over to police. They featured a Star of David and pentagram and contained conspiracy theories blaming Jews in the federal government and at pharmaceutical companies for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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