New cell phone and surveillance video show a pro-Palestine caravan travelling through Los Angeles when a group of men wearing all black exit the vehicles and attack a group of Jewish diners. The men reportedly used anti-Semitic profanity, and LAPD is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
In one video, a large caravan of cars waving Palestinian flags can be seen travelling down North La Cienega Boulevard in LA. Other videos show a group of young men with their faces covered exiting the vehicles and engaging in a physical altercation with a group of Jewish men dining at the restaurant. The men told CBSLA that they were there to plan a wedding and eat outside when the pro-Palestinian group attacked them.
The men in the caravan were shown wearing all black and Palestinian keffiyehs, a symbol of Palestinian nationalism. LAPD says there were no immediate arrests and no serious injuries reported. Police responded and took statements from the diners, and reviewed security footage. The vehicle the suspects emerged from is described as a black Jeep.
Police in Los Angeles also investigated other possible anti-Semitic hate crimes that have occurred in recent days. Video shows another caravan of vehicles waving Palestinian flags chasing an orthodox Jewish man through a parking lot. Another video shows a pro-Palestinian convoy stopping and harassing homes with Mezuzahs in Beverly Hills. Mezuzahs are Jewish religious symbols that typically hold prayers and hang near the front door. Police say all the investigations are ongoing.