Letter with Nazi symbol, MAGA message received by LA business investigated as ‘hate incident’

Mail inscribed with a large swastika and anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic language was sent to a Jewish business in Los Angeles and others in New York City, authorities said Thursday.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s hate crime coordinator received information about the letter Thursday and was working with the FBI and the New York Police Department, said Detective Ross Nemeroff of the LAPD’s media relations office.

Since Friday there have been reports of at least four letters with no return address sent to businesses in L.A., Brooklyn and Manhattan, the Anti-Defamation League reported Wednesday.

Each piece of mail, which the ADL called letters, had the same imagery of the Nazi symbol with the racial and anti-gay slurs underneath. The letters also read “Make America Great Again!!!,” “Juden Raus,” and “Christian Identity Is Back.”

Juden Raus is translated as “Jews Out.”

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Nemeroff said the “hate incident” involved a jeweler at the 600 block of Hill Street in Los Angeles, but Nemeroff declined to give information on which specific business was targeted. The detective had no immediate information on when the incident occurred.

The case is not considered a hate crime, because in California the action would have to involve a criminal threat, Nemeroff said.

“It’s still investigated thoroughly,” the detective said.

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A detective is following possible leads, Nemeroff added.

Christian Identity is known as an anti-Semitic and racist theology that rose to a position of commanding influence on the racist right in the 1980s, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an advocacy group that fights and tracks hate crime.

“It is disturbing that Jewish-owned businesses in Los Angeles and New York City were apparently intentionally targeted with the same piece of racist and bigoted hate mail,” said Amanda Susskind, ADL Pacific Southwest Regional Director in a statement. “We are monitoring this and looking into whether these fliers are connected with any particular hate group, or if they are appearing in other places around the country.”

According to the ADL, officials have been in contact with the FBI and the NYPD about the incidents, and several of the individual businesses targeted included the jeweler in LA as well as a jeweler, bakery and law firm in New York.

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