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'Vile' Antisemitic Flyers Left in Clovis Driveways
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 3 weeks ago on
May 9, 2024

Examples of antisemitic flyers left at Clovis homes. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

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Rabbi Rick Winer called antiemetic flyers distributed to homes in Clovis “vile” and “disturbing.”

However, Clovis police said that passing out the flyers wasn’t a crime.

Clovis Police responded Sunday to reports of several neighborhoods receiving flyers with anti-Jewish messages enclosed in baggies and distributed in driveways.

“While we determined that no crime had occurred, we did review surveillance footage from the area. Due to the fact that there was no crime that had occurred, our department has no investigation open,” Clovis police spokesman Ty Wood said.

Wood said extra patrols cruised the neighborhoods.

“While the literature is clearly reprehensible, there does not appear to be any specific threats. The trend is disturbing. We are cataloging incidents and maintaining our contact with the appropriate law enforcement agencies. We are all working together to monitor such incidents,” Winer wrote in an email to synagogue members.

Incident at Temple Last Week

The incident comes days after three men were arrested in Fresno after being suspected of distributing religious-oriented flyers at Winer’s Temple Beth Israel, St. Anthony of Padua, and one other religious institution. The men face charges of trespassing and illegally distributing flyers. Police arrested one of the suspects on suspicion of making a criminal threat.

“In each incident, we continue to see and hear from friends and neighbors who support us and stand up for us. The darkness cannot overshadow the light,” Winer wrote.

Dyer on Antisemitism

GV Wire asked Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer about the recent incidents in the community.

“I think there’s a lot of people that are out there today that are filled with anger, filled with hate. They want to instill fear in communities. And it’s unfortunate that we have that because we really need to try to get along,” Dyer said.

“The truth of the matter is, the people of Fresno really have no input or influence on what’s happening in the Gaza Strip. But I do know the people here are impacted by it on both sides. The Palestinian people who are losing loved ones in their country. And then you have the Jewish population who is feeling very much intimidated there, as well in our community and across the United States. So, I just hope that at some point in time, we can all figure out a way to get along.”

Several Palestinian supporters have called for the Fresno City Council to support a cease-fire in Gaza. No motion has ever been discussed.

Two Central Valley cities — Madera and Kerman — did pass cease-fire resolutions.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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