The City of West Hollywood issued a statement in the wake of a street brawl that happened on La Cienega last night, an incident which is being investigated as a hate crime, according to ABC News 7.
“The City of West Hollywood has heard from community members about concerns regarding an allegedly anti-Semitic hate incident last night. The incident took place in the City of Los Angeles, just outside of the City of West Hollywood’s boundaries. One of the City of West Hollywood’s fundamental core values is respect and support for all people.Since its founding, the City of West Hollywood has provided support and leadership on many progressive and humane policies and has championed values that promote and celebrate diversity, embrace people and cultures from everywhere, and reject divisiveness, racism, anti-Semitism, and hate in all its forms. We will not be deterred in our stand against hatred and intolerance and we will continue our work to ensure safety throughout West Hollywood, including places of worship and religious organizations.”
Reports say a group of pro-Palestinian protesters began accosting a group of Jewish diners with anti-Semitic remarks before throwing glass bottles at them. At least one man was taken to the hospital for injuries.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations released a statement saying in part, “We condemn this hate crime in the strongest possible terms and urge authorities to find and prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law. According to the FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics Report for 2019, the most recent publication year, Jews are the focus of 60 percent of religious bias-related hate crimes, targeted at a significantly higher rate than any other religious group.”