A mob of pro-Palestinian supporters reportedly violently attacked Jewish diners in Los Angeles on Tuesday night in what is being investigated by police as an alleged hate crime. Mayor Eric Garcetti strongly condemned what he called an “organized, anti-Semitic attack.”
A number of videos have surfaced that recorded the attack on at least two people outside the Sushi Fumi restaurant in the Beverly Grove neighborhood, west of downtown Los Angeles just before 10 p.m. Many Jews live in the area and the individuals who were attacked were reportedly planning a wedding. A caravan of pro-Palestinian activists drove by shouting anti-Semitic expletives including “dirty Jew” before assaulting them. Reportedly the protesters were yelling “F**k the Jews” as well.
One of the diners shouted back at them and the mob disembarked their vehicle and violently attacked the group. A man was viciously thrown to the ground and kicked while one of the intended victims grabbed a line divider pole and started swinging it at their attackers. He tried to turn and flee but two men grabbed him and kicked and punched him before they took off seconds later. Another diner was pepper-sprayed and had to go to the hospital.
“Somebody in one of the cars driving by started throwing glass bottles or glass cups at the tables and they shattered everywhere,” one woman told KCBS-TV.
(Video Credit: Fox 11 Los Angeles)
Garcetti took to Twitter to denounce the violence proclaiming there was “no place for anti-Semitism, discrimination, or prejudice of any kind in Los Angeles. And we will never tolerate bigotry and violence in our communities.” He also stated: “We as a city condemn last night’s organized, anti-Semitic attack,” he declared. “Jewish Angelenos, like all residents, should always feel safe in our city.”
We as a city condemn last night's organized, anti-Semitic attack.
Jewish Angelenos, like all residents, should always feel safe in our city.@LAPDHQ is investigating this assault as a hate crime, and we will respond with the full force of the law.
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) May 19, 2021
In another video, a witness stated off-camera that a group of Palestinians were in a vehicle and jumped out near the restaurant: “A group of Palestinians, about 30 of them, jumped out of a car and asked who was Jewish,” the person reported. “Two guys said they were and they proceeded to beat them up.”
The Palestinian supporters had flags that they were waving from their cars and they used bullhorns to broadcast anti-Semitics slurs.
It is being reported that no one was seriously hurt in the altercation. Five people were injured in the attack and at least one went to the hospital.
There was another incident caught on video following the restaurant attack where an Orthodox Jewish man was apparently chased by a car with a Palestinian flag through a parking lot.
LOS ANGELES: Video shows Jewish man on foot being chased by cars with Palestinian flags on La Brea. Comes amid another incident of Palestinian men beating Israelis nearby. pic.twitter.com/6LNrfYXvmz
— KolHaolam (@KolHaolam) May 19, 2021
Other videos surfaced of the violence as well.
Former Acting Director of United States National Intelligence Richard Grenell was blunt in his assessment of the incident: “Hamas supporters hunt down Jews in Los Angeles. This terror was done after @JoeBiden publicly praised @RashidaTlaib, a proud antisemite who calls for Democrats to take action against what she says are Israel’s human rights abuses.
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Hamas supporters hunt down Jews in Los Angeles.
This terror was done after @JoeBiden publicly praised @RashidaTlaib, a proud antisemite who calls for Democrats to take action against what she says are Israel’s human rights abuses. pic.twitter.com/Nue0rKOszq
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) May 19, 2021
President Biden has not reportedly addressed the attacks yet. However, while in Michigan at a Ford factory, he profusely praised Squad member and aggressive Palestinian supporter Rashida Tlaib: “I tell you what, Rashida, I want to say to you that I admire your intellect, I admire your passion, and I admire your concern for so many other people. And it’s from my heart,” Biden said. “I pray that your Grandma and family are well, I promise to do everything to see that they are in the West Bank.”
“You’re a fighter,” Biden declared. “And God, thank you for being a fighter.”
City Councilman Paul Kortez called the attacks “unconscionable.”
“We will never allow for anyone to strike fear into our hearts because we are Jews,” he promised in a statement. “We are not going to allow the violence in the Middle East to spill out onto the streets of Los Angeles.”
“Everyone is entitled to express their opinion but never through violence,” Kortez admonished. “Pro-Palestinian protestors cannot be allowed to viciously assault random people on the street because they happen to look or be Jewish.”
Moments ago: A group of "pro-Palestine" attacked a table of Persian Jews at Sushi Fumi in Los Angeles, just outside of #weho city. #westhollywood / #LA #Antisemitism masked as #FreePalestine pic.twitter.com/jjdWNqESLO
— Dillon Hosier (@DillonHosier) May 19, 2021
The police are investigating the case as a hate crime and at least three suspects are being sought.
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