Jewish Diners Attacked in L.A. by Pro-Palestinian Caravan People protesting for the rights of Palestinians and against the Israeli military bombardments of Gaza march on May 19, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. Protesters have been taking to the streets across Europe since last week over the current Palestinian-Israeli conflict. (Sean Gallup/Getty)
By Charlie McCarthy | Wednesday, 19 May 2021 12:33 PM
Disturbing video that appears to show two Jewish men being viciously attacked on a California sidewalk Tuesday night by members of a pro-Palestinian caravan is reportedly being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department as a potential anti-Semitic hate crime.
The incident occurred shortly before 10 p.m. local time outside Japanese restaurant Sushi Fumi in the upscale Beverly Grove neighborhood, according to KTLA.
Videos of the incident — shot by multiple witnesses who recorded the assault from different vantage points — were tweeted by Siamak Kordestani, a former senior legislative assistant to Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., and someone who describes himself as an Iranian and Jewish American.
“Tonight pro-Palestinian individuals were driving with megaphones around La Cienega & Beverly (a heavily Jewish area) in Los Angeles and threw objects at Jews at a restaurant table. Some threw things back.
“The pro-Palestinian group came to the sidewalk to fight,” Kordestani tweeted.
He quickly followed with another post that included video.
“Reportedly the drivers were yelling "F*** the Jews."
Kordestani added: “You can see the pro-Palestinian group attacking two people on the sidewalk In this video, and one of them fights back.”
He notes, however, that “a victim is hospitalized.”
Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell, who also served as the Trump administration’s ambassador to Germany, helped spread awareness of the attack when he tweeted the video.
“Warning, graphic violence: 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,” Grenell wrote, referencing a recent interaction between President Joe Biden and leftwing Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.
A witness told KTLA she was sitting with a group of friends when people in a caravan of vehicles displaying Palestinian flags began shouting at diners.
At one point, the witness said, a group of men jumped out of their vehicles and asked some men if any of them were "Jews."
Two men who replied that they were Jewish were then attacked by the caravan members, the witness said.
Another diner told CBSLA members of the pro-Palestinian group began throwing bottles at him and those he was with. The man, who said he wasn't Jewish but was attacked when he tried to defend other diners, ended up going to the hospital for treatment after being pepper sprayed during the assault.
The man noted the assailants used anti-Semitic profanity.
Restaurant staff rushed patrons inside, locked the doors and called police, KTLA reported. The ordeal lasted about 15 minutes, one witness said.
The attack comes after more than a week of continued violence in Israel, as Palestinian terror group Hamas indiscriminately lobs hundreds of rockets at heavily populated areas and the Jewish nation kills key militants in punishing counterstrikes.
Video of the attack on the diners was sent to City Councilman Paul Koretz, who is Jewish.
"It’s absolutely outrageous. We’re not going to allow this in the city of Los Angeles," said Koretz, a Democrat, who added he would push for the attack to be investigated. "We’re not going to bring the conflict from the Middle East here and allow people to be attacked on our streets because of what they look like and what they appear ethnically."
Kordestani later tweeted video of another incident showing an Orthodox Jewish man being chased through a parking lot by a pair of cars that appeared to be members of the same pro-Palestinian caravan that was involved in the restaurant attack.
Pro-Palestinian supporters recently have taken to West Los Angeles streets to protest Israel, according to KTLA. Similar protests have popped up across the nation, including on Tuesday afternoon in New York City.