Tiburon city council passes resolution on anti-Semitism – J.

Tiburon City Council met on April 20 to pass a resolution reaffirming its stance against hate and anti-Semitism, and to formally condemn an ​​incident on February 20 when more than 60 residents found anti-Semitic flyers at their doorsteps. .

The leaflets, which also appeared in Berkeley and Novato the same morning, were the work of activists from the Goyim Defamation League, a network responsible for 74 anti-Semitic incidents in 2021, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The leaflets attributed the Covid-19 pandemic to the work of Jews, saying that “every aspect of the Covid agenda is Jewish”.

Mayor Jon Welner

Tiburon Mayor Jon Welner said the resolution, which passed unanimously 5-0, was a direct response to the flier incident and was requested by several community members at council meetings. council and city diversity inclusion working group meetings. The task force, which advises the city council, was created in 2020 after a police officer questioned a black business owner who was in his own store, which led to a lawsuit.

“For several years, Tiburon has really taken a stand [on] condemn hate,” Welner said. “But residents have also made their voices very strong that they want to take a strong stand against these kinds of terrible acts,” including the leaflet and an incident in 2018 when anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered at a college.

In addition to condemning hate and acknowledging an increase in anti-Jewish hate crimes in recent years, Resolution #11-2022 also declares Tiburon’s “support and celebration of American Jewish Heritage Month.” [in May]recognizing the rich cultural heritage of its Jewish residents.

The City Council also expressed support for Assembly Bill 2282 currently being considered by state lawmakers. AB 2282 would equalize penalties for hate crimes, including hanging a noose, displaying a hate symbol (like a swastika), and burning or desecrating religious symbols.

Welner, who is also president of the Osher Marin JCC, said the support for the bill was a reaction to several incidents in Marin County where hate symbols were posted, but violators were not prosecuted because their actions were not legally classified as a crime.

“This bill seeks to remedy that by making it clear that doing this sort of thing, displaying swastikas or nooses with the intent to terrorize, is itself a crime,” Welner said. “I think this will give managers the tools they need in the future to tackle these issues directly.”

Community response to the local resolution has been positive, Welner said. He remains optimistic about Tiburon’s ability to deal with hate incidents in the future, if and when they occur.

“I’m so proud of little Tiburon. We’re a small community, and we really support each other and fight hate wherever it emerges,” Welner said of the town of 9,000. “I am so proud of our community and so moved to be the mayor of such a wonderful and wonderful place. »

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