ShareThis Page
Allegheny

Pittsburgh police investigating anti-Semitic pamphlets in Squirrel Hill; Jewish Federation reacts

Dillon Carr
| Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
A pamphlet found on Darlington Avenue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.
Submitted
A pamphlet found on Darlington Avenue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.
A pamphlet found on Darlington Avenue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.
Submitted
A pamphlet found on Darlington Avenue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.
A pamphlet found on Darlington Avenue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.
Submitted
A pamphlet found on Darlington Avenue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.

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.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, dcarr@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me