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After a recent string of antisemitic events in Austin, Texas, the Jewish community residing there was sent antisemitic letters that blamed them for the coronavirus pandemic.

Residents of the city of San Marcos and others in the Hays County area close to Austin were appalled to receive hate mail that blamed them for the COVID-19 pandemic. The letters came sealed in plastic bags with small rocks.

Source:  Michael Gonzalez/The Texas Tribune

Rabbi Ari Weingarten of the Chabad Center of San Marcos said the community was working with local authorities and offering support to those targeted. He cited the Hanukkah holiday as a source of comfort, saying, “The message of Hanukkah is that light is stronger than dark and good prevails.”

Meanwhile, condemning the recent antisemitic wave in the city, the Austin City Council on Thursday passed a resolution condemning “antisemitism and all hateful speech and violent action that casts blame, promotes racism or discrimination, or harms the Jewish community.”

In response to the chain of events, County Judge Ruben Becerra said “Negative actions motivated in bias is an attack against an entire community and not just an attack on a single person. This behavior is not acceptable.”

 

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