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Pro-Palestinian Mob Beats Up Jewish Men in Los Angeles

Screenshot of cell phone video recording the incident
• May 19, 2021 2:55 pm

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A pro-Palestinian mob brutally beat up a group of Jewish men Wednesday at a restaurant in Los Angeles, the day after a Palestinian Youth Movement-led protest was held in the city.

According to video accounts of the incident posted on Twitter, the pro-Palestinian mob approached a group of men dining at a sushi restaurant in West Hollywood and asked if they were Jewish. When the men replied, "Yes," they attacked them. The mob hurled bottles and yelled anti-Semitic slurs. One bystander said they repeatedly struck one of the Jewish men "with a pole." Police are investigating whether the incident was a hate crime.

The anti-Semitic attack took place in the early hours of the morning after a "Day of Action" Palestinian solidarity march outside the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles. The march coincided with a "Day of Rage" in the West Bank, for which the Palestinian Authority urged residents "to attack Israelis with rocks, molotov cocktails, and car rammings."

In one of the videos of the attack, a man can also be heard yelling into a bullhorn, "Leave him! It's not worth it…. Don't look like this."

Anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise in the United States. The Anti-Defamation League reported a four-decade high for anti-Semitic incidents in 2019, with only a slight decrease from that level in 2020.

Police are also investigating an incident involving an Orthodox Jewish man, who was chased Monday night in Los Angeles by a car full of people waving Palestinian flags.

The attack comes as conflict between Israel and Hamas terrorists reached its 10th day Wednesday.