*UPDATED 1:30 pm PDT* Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) Calls on Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti to Bolster LAPD and Pursue Prosecutions Against Palestinians Who Attacked Jewish Diners
May 19, 2021
Against the backdrop of a spate of violent attacks, hate crimes, and intimidation by backers of Hamas from Berlin to Toronto, the Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced a violent attack against Jewish diners by Palestinian thugs in Los Angeles last night.
“The SWC was informed of the incident almost immediately and reached out to Los Angeles Police Department officials and Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, SWC Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action.
“Los Angeles is the 2nd city for almost every national and ethnic group in the world. That means wherever there is a flashpoint around the world someone here feels it intensely. That is doubly true about the Gaza War for both Jews and Palestinians. With social media lit up with anti-Israel and blatant Jew-hatred 24/7, there is reason to be concerned. We have seen what has happened in Toronto, Montreal, UK, France, and Germany; the anti-Semitic chants, the violence, even the targeting of Jewish institutions. We need local leaders everywhere to step up and defend against any violence and also to establish lines of communication with other community leaders.
“No one in Williamsburg (NY), Golders Green (London), or Los Angeles started this conflict and no one has the power to impact on events in the Holy Land, but that hasn’t stopped the hate threats and violence from proliferating in too many places. We need our elected officials, law enforcement, and the media to give these concerns serious attention,” Rabbi Cooper concluded.
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