Olya Tizer, identified as a makeup artist, was caught last month tearing down posters related to kidnapped Israelis in Los Angeles.

Who is Olya Tizer?

In a recent incident, Olya Tizer, a makeup artist, was identified as the woman caught tearing down posters related to the kidnapping of Israelis in Los Angeles last month. The act has added to the surge of antisemitic incidents that have plagued the region since Hamas initiated a surprise terror attack on Israel on Oct. 7, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

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The District Attorney, George Gascón, announced charges on Tuesday against two men, Klinton Allister Dion and Jarris Jay Silagi, for alleged antisemitic hate crimes, including vandalism and assault. Dion, linked to vandalism of Nazi symbols, faces charges of hate crimes against religious property. An arrest warrant has been issued for Dion, who could face up to 20 years in state prison if convicted.

Silagi, involved in an attack on a 75-year-old man and his wife in Beverly Hills, has been charged with attempted robbery, elder abuse, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault likely to produce great bodily injury. If convicted, Silagi could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The ongoing tensions between Israel and Hamas have contributed to an alarming increase in antisemitic incidents across the United States. Jeffrey Abrams, Los Angeles Regional Director from the Anti-Defamation League, expressed concern about the surge, calling it a “tsunami” of hate and antisemitism.

The Los Angeles Police Department recorded a 38% increase in anti-Jewish hate crimes from 2022 to 2023, with nearly a 57% increase in reported non-crime bias incidents. Federal and local officials, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, have issued warnings about the heightened threat environment.

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District Attorney Gascón emphasized a zero-tolerance policy for hate crimes, reassuring the Jewish community of solidarity. As the nation faces a crisis of hate crimes, authorities are committed to aggressively prosecuting such cases.