LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Authorities are investigating whether an attack on dinners that occurred outside a Beverly Grove restaurant late Tuesday night was a Jewish hate crime.
The brawl took place shortly before 10 p.m. outside Sushi Fumi in the 300 block of North La Cienega Boulevard.
Witnesses said a mob of pro-Palestinians attacked a group of Jewish men who were dining out. A cell phone video showed a group of men getting out of the car and starting to attack them, shouting racist slurs.
Los Angeles Police told CBSLA that no major injuries had been reported and that there had been no immediate arrests.
One of the guests, who is not Jewish, told CBSLA that a caravan waving pro-Palestinian flags approached and then started throwing bottles at him and the group he was dining with. The man said he was a photographer and the group was meeting at the restaurant to plan a wedding.
The man said he was physically assaulted while trying to defend the group. He said the men used anti-Jewish profanity. He said he was sprayed with pepper during the attack and had to go to hospital.
The attackers were only described as men dressed in black, as seen in the video. The restaurant was not damaged, police said.
Meanwhile, police are also investigating a security video recorded on Monday evening that appears to show an Orthodox Jewish man being chased by a caravan of people waving Palestinian flags near Rosewood and La Brea avenues. The man escaped and was not injured.
This comes as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to escalate. At least 200 Palestinians were killed in Israeli bombings Gaza, according to CBS News, while Hamas rocket attacks killed at least 12 Israelis.
Earlier Tuesday, a large crowd of pro-Palestinian protesters gathered in front of the Israeli consulate west of LA The rally was organized by the Palestinian Youth Movement.
Over the weekend, thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters rallied to Westwood calling for an end to violence.