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Violent Standoff Outside LA Synagogue Leads to Arrest

By    |   Monday, 24 June 2024 08:46 AM EDT

One person was arrested on misdemeanor charges Sunday during an altercation between pro-Palestinian protesters and counterdemonstrators supporting Israel outside a Los Angeles synagogue Sunday. 

Police spokesman Tony Im told The Los Angeles Times that the person who was arrested was carrying a "spiked flag," which is prohibited at a protest.

Im said the pro-Palestinian protesters started gathering near the Adas Torah Synagogue in the  Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles at about 11 a.m. local time and were quickly met by the counterdemonstrators. 

The synagogue is located about four miles from the UCLA campus, where there have been Gaza encampment protests. 

According to a video posted on social media, the protesters were fighting in the street, some using sticks and handles from their signs, while police in riot gear were nearby. 

There were no immediate reports that anyone was injured in the melee, Im said.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statement on X: "The violent clashes outside the Adas Torah synagogue in Los Angeles are appalling. There is no excuse for targeting a house of worship. Such antisemitic hatred has no place in California."

Meanwhile, another video on social media showed police taking two pro-Palestinian demonstrators from an SUV and detained, with a LAPD officer pulling a small child from the back of their vehicle.

In the video, a woman is shown standing through the car's sunroof, shouting at the counterprotesters and brandishing a black-and-white checkered keffiyeh, or headdress widely seen to represent Palestinian liberation, reported The New York Post.

It was not clear if the couple was charged.

Rabbi Hertzel Illulian, the founder of the JEM Community Center in Beverly Hills, condemned the anti-Israel protesters. 

"I don’t think the Jewish would go in front of a mosque or the Christian people would go in front of a mosque to do such a thing. Nobody would accept this, but here, when it comes to Jews and Israel everything is kosher, everything is OK," Illulian said, reported CBS News.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom also condemned the violence, calling them "appalling" in a message on X Sunday night.

"There is no excuse for targeting a house of worship," he added. "Such antisemitic hatred has no place in California."

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass said the violence was "abhorrent" and said that it was "unacceptable" for the protesters to block the synagogue. 

"I’ve called on LAPD to provide additional patrols in the Pico-Robertson community as well as outside of houses of worship throughout the city. I’ll be meeting with [LAPD] Chief [Dominic] Choi tomorrow to further discuss the safety of Angelenos," she said. "I want to be clear that Los Angeles will not be a harbor for antisemitism and violence. Those responsible for either will be found and held accountable."

The mayor also said she plans to meet with Councilwoman Katy Yaroslavsky, the chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation, Los Angeles, Rabbi Noah Farkas, and other law enforcement and faith leaders to discuss ways to prevent further violent protests. 

Sandy Fitzgerald

Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics. 

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