Pittsburgh police investigating anti-Semitic pamphlets in Squirrel Hill; Jewish Federation reacts
Pittsburgh’s public safety and police departments are investigating “the dissemination of anti-Semitic pamphlets” in Squirrel Hill and other city neighborhoods.
Public Information Officer Chris Togneri did not provide specific details about the pamphlets in a news release.
But Jeff Finkelstein, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, said the fliers targeted the city’s Jewish and African-American communities.
“This is a prime example of how hateful people don’t only hate one group of people,” he said on Sunday. “We are committed to the safety and security of the Greater Pittsburgh Jewish community. We have the utmost confidence in our local and national law enforcement as they investigate.”
Togneri said the hate-filled material will not be tolerated in Pittsburgh — “not by residents, city officials nor law enforcement.”
He said the Department of Public Safety, along with Director Wendell Hissrich, Police Chief Scott Schubert and Zone 4 Commander Dan Herrmann, “assures the community that we are taking this matter very seriously and will follow every investigative avenue.”
“Pittsburgh is and will remain stronger than hate,” Togneri said.
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