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‘Goyim Defense League’ (GDL) Harasses Texas Residential Area with Anti-Jewish Leaflets

People in the Steiner Ranch area are upset after they say antisemitic flyers were left on their property last Thursday.

The Steiner Ranch Home Owner’s Association says there’s no place for hatred in our society.

“I think it’s pretty sad, actually. I don’t think their mission was accomplished at all,” said Amy Yukich.

Yukich is the president of the Steiner Ranch HOA. She says the perpetrators failed in their goal to intimidate their Jewish neighbors.

Yukich says residents found flyers in their yards beginning around 11 p.m. Thursday night after Fourth of July celebrations had begun to wind down.

She said the phone calls started rolling in the next morning.

“I got a barrage of phone calls and people were telling me what it said and what it was but they just ran out and started gathering them from driveways,” she said.

Yukich declined to share the contents of the flyer, sharing that neighbors did not want to empower the group who distributed them. However, she says this act is not befitting of Austin.

The Jewish advocacy group StopAntisemitism has been tracking the activities of those responsible – the Goyim Defense League’ or ‘GDL’ for over five years and state they vilify Jews with their premeditated hate campaigns.

“Something that’s really special about Austin that I love is you can be whoever you want. As long as you’re kind. So, we don’t have those barriers here,” she said.

Travis County GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak says whether you’re Jewish or not, “antisemitism should offend us all.”

He says this is not something anyone should take lightly.

“We would hope that all good, decent, honorable, patriotic people in Austin would agree with us that the outrage nature of this – and look – every Jewish Austenite deserves to feel safe in this community, period,” said Mackowiak.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office says it is investigating these acts. In the meantime, Yukich says their spirit in Steiner Ranch isn’t broken.

“We’re a very in general friendly community and support each other,” she said. “And so, this just made it even stronger.”

Yukich is asking neighbors in the Steiner Ranch area to look at their ring camera footage and share anything suspicious from last Thursday night with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

Yukich says no one feels discouraged about living in the area.