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VIDEOS: Jewish Residents Attacked By Pro-Palestinian Mobs In Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA – A group of Jewish men were violently attacked by a group of pro-Palestinian supporters at a restaurant in the Beverly Grove neighborhood on Tuesday night (video below).

The assault, which police said is being investigated as a possible hate crime, took place outside the Sushi Fumi restaurant located in the 300-block of North La Cienega Boulevard just before 10 p.m. on May 18, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

A group of Jewish men were eating at a table outside the establishment when a caravan of people waving pro-Palestinian flags began yelling and throwing bottles at them, a witness told the paper.

“F—k you!” they yelled at the Jewish men, according to the Los Angeles Times. “You guys should be ashamed of yourselves!”

The caravan stopped a moment later and group of men dressed in black ran over to the diners and began violently assaulting them, video footage showed.

“Israel kills children!” one of the attackers yelled, according to the Los Angeles Times.

One clip showed the mob pinning a man against an SUV, punching him repeatedly.

“It was a hate crime,” an Armenian man who was at the restaurant with is Jewish friends told KCBS. “It was prepared. They came to fight with Jewish people.”

The witness estimated that approximately 30 attackers swarmed them, demanding to know “who is Jewish” and yelling anti-Semitic slurs before the attack ensued.

“Then I see my friend on the floor,” the witness told KCBS. “They were hitting his head. They were kicking his head.”

He said he knew he had to do something to stop the attack, so he grabbed a nearby stanchion and swung it at them.

The group then turned on him, the video showed.

It addition to being beaten by the mob, the man said he was also pepper-sprayed at some point, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

At least one of the victims was transported to the hospital to be treated for his injuries, KCBS reported.

A fundraiser established to help cover the medical costs for the Armenian man who stood up for his Jewish friends has raised over $36,000 so far.

Police said they are also investigating a separate but similar incident that occurred on Monday night, according to KCBS.

In that case, a caravan of people waving pro-Palestinian flags were seen chasing a fleeing Orthodox Jewish man as he desperately ran across a parking lot, KCBS reported.

The victim was able to save himself by running into a synagogue.

That attack, which occurred near La Brea Avenue and Rosewood Avenue, was captured by a nearby security camera.

No one had been arrested in connection with either incident as of Thursday, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

“We have to recognize this for what it is: It’s anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told The New York Times. “You have to be specific and say what it is.”

Los Angeles Councilman Paul Korez agreed, calling the attacks “anti-Semitic hate crimes that are unconscionable,” the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

“We will never allow for anyone to strike fear into our hearts because we are Jews,” Korez said. “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. Pro-Palestinian protesters cannot be allowed to viciously assault random people on the street because they happen to look or be Jewish.”

“These violent acts will not go unchecked,” he vowed. “We will do everything necessary to bring these criminals to justice and to restore order on our city streets.”

Watch the incident unfold in the videos below. Warning – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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