CLEAR LAKE, Texas (FOX 26) - “It was a racist flyer that they in the middle the night, roughly 1:30 in the morning or 2:00 o’clock in the morning, decided to come onto our property and place them over our stars of David”. says the former president of the board for Congregation Shaar Hashalom who wishes not to be named for privacy reasons. He says right before the 4th of July racist flyers were put outside their synagogue property.
He say that a non-member and friend of the congregation took action when she noticed them, "she describes it as a switch flipped on her when she saw it she turned back around put her flashers on and got out of the car and had to take them down”.
Representatives with the Anti Defamation League say that anti-semitic racist acts are on the rise. Dena Marks, the senior associate director of the south west region says, “they do this sort of thing they put flyers on synagogues sometimes they put flyers on university campuses which a recent report says that sort of activity has doubled in the last couple of years”.
Similar flyers were seen tossed onto properties surrounding the synagogue and this isn't the first time it's happened.
However, the board members say they want to put out a positive message, that love always outweighs the negative and that the community has really come together because of this. That neighbors and other religious representatives of different faiths have shown them so much support.
“Clear Lake is a multi ethnic diverse community and it’s one where the people of this community coexist together in peace and we want to keep it that way and that there’s no place for hate in our community”, says the current board president who also wishes to not be named.
The former president says, “ we are not here to allow that we are here to stand up against that and say everyone here is welcome” .
Anyone with information is asked to call HPD's Hate Crime Division, they can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 713-222-TIPS.