‘Multiple Incidents of Hate’ Cause Concern Among Residents

In the past two weeks, KKK images appeared on an internet search for Damascus High School, antisemitic flyers with a swastika were posted on a bus station near a synagogue in Kemp Mill, swastikas were carved at a train station in Garrett Park and flyers referencing the KKK were distributed in Chevy Chase.

These acts of hate included the N-word, pictures of KKK members, swastikas and the words “white power.”

“We are currently experiencing multiple incidents of hate in Montgomery County,” County Executive Marc Elrich said in a statement.  “Our residents are rightfully concerned and we want to assure them that we are mobilized, vigilant and are investigating each of these incidents.”

Montgomery County Police is looking into each of these. “Whoever is responsible for these incidents should know that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Elrich said, noting that a webinar is planned to discuss the increase of these incidents.

Jewish Community Relations Council Executive Director Ron Halber also condemned these acts of hate. “While these hate-filled perpetrators are trying to drive us apart, they have failed. These actions have only succeeded in strengthening the resolve of our community leaders to enhance our bonds of friendship and mutual care and support.”

Meredith Weisel, regional director of Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in Washington, said in a statement, “We’re extremely disturbed to see this uptick in white, supremacist, antisemitic and racist incidents of fliers and vandalism in Montgomery County. Unfortunately, we are seeing a trend across the country of this type of activity, so we urge the community to report to law enforcement any of these types of hateful incidents.”

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