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South Coast responds to hate crime incident

Santa Barbara is responding to an antisemitic hate crime incident.
Robert Thiemann
Santa Barbara leaders are responding to an anti-Semitic hate crime incident.

Groups, community leaders unite in response to anti-Semitic flyers distributed in Santa Barbara

A Tri-Counties community is standing up to hate in the wake of a hate crime incident.

It was a shocking crime, especially because of its timing. Someone distributed anti-Semitic flyers in a Santa Barbara neighborhood, just as Hanukkah was starting. Santa Barbara Police detectives are still trying to identify who was responsible.

But, the community is stepping up to counter what occurred. The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, the Anti-Defamation League in the Tri-Counties, the Santa Barbara City Council, and a number of other elected officials are all condemning the crime.

A joint statement calls what occurred a “disgusting incident”.

People are being encouraged to show support for the Jewish community. They’re asking that you display candles in the windows of your home through Hanukkah, which ends December 26th. Or, they suggest you can display an image of a Hanukkah menorah.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.