Antisemitic flyers circulating in St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Petersburg, FL
- Local leaders are warning residents about antisemitic flyers circulating in two St. Petersburg neighborhoods.

“St. Pete is not going to stand for racism, for antisemitism, for this type of hate-filled action,” said city councilwoman Darden Rice.

Rice says residents came forward to report the “disturbing” flyers this week that were found in the Historic Uptown neighborhood and along the city’s iconic Beach Drive.

“It was a very paranoid flyer,” said Rice. “It basically made Jewish people the extreme of anything and logically you can’t be the extreme of both ends of the spectrum.”

ABC Action News has learned The Anti-Defamation League warned the Florida Holocaust Museum recently about a “small network of virulently antisemitic agitators” who had plans to target the Tampa Bay area.

“We have been in communication with the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and they have both been very responsive on this issue. The type of actions groups like this employ are very hurtful, especially to our Holocaust Survivor population, as they echo the antisemitic propaganda seen during the Holocaust. We are deeply appreciative for the overt support of our community in the face of such vitriolic hatred," said Elizabeth Gelman, the museum’s executive director.