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Police Investigating Anti-Jewish ‘Goyim Defense League’ (GDL) Flyers Discovered in Virginia Town

UPDATE August 24, 2023: A teenager who was arrested for shoplifting on Sunday was found to be linked to hate/bias flyers that were distributed in Fair Oaks last week; more here.

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Fairfax County Police detectives are investigating numerous reports they received on Friday and Saturday of “suspicious flyers portraying bias material” being distributed in the Fair Oaks area.

Patch obtained a copy of the flyer but is not publishing it in order to avoid spreading the content to a wider audience. The flyer contains many antisemitic tropes.

The advocacy organization fighting antisemitism – StopAntisemitism – has attributed the antisemitic flyers to the Goyim Defense League (GDL). The league travels the country distributing these hateful flyers targeted Jewish communities. Similar flyers were found in a nearby city earlier this month.

FCPD is responding to the flyers by engaging religious leaders across the county in order to identify prompt actions to ensure the safety and security of the religious community.

“We are grateful for our strong ties within this community, which help us in gathering additional information and developing long-term solutions to address instances of hatred like this one,” according to an FCPD release. “While there is currently no specific threat within our community, we are continuing to collect additional information about this incident.”

Police are also asking anyone with information about the flyer that was distributed in the Fair Oaks area or who has witnessed suspicious behavior to call the Fair Oaks Police station at 703-591-0966. You may also contact detectives in the Organized Crime and Intelligence Bureau at 703-802-2750.

Source: https://patch.com/virginia/fairfaxcity/antisemitic-flyer-distributed-fair-oaks-under-investigation-fcpd