Pro-Palestinian thugs attack Jews in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal and Albuquerque, where a college student was hospitalized.
By Yakir Benzion, United With Israel
Pro-Palestinian mobs have exported the violence wracking Israel to the streets of North America, attacking Jews this week in numerous incidents in the U.S. and Canada.
In Los Angeles, police are searching for the perpetrators after a mob of pro-Palestinian demonstrators physically attacked a group of Jewish men at a restaurant.
The attack began as the men demanded, “Who’s Jewish?”
Video uploaded to social media showed a group of about 30 men get out several cars and attack the men while yelling anti-Semitic slurs.
“It was a hate crime. It was prepared, they came to fight with Jewish people,” one eyewitness told CBS news in LA.
“Somebody in one of the cars driving by started throwing glass bottles or glass cups at the tables and they shattered everywhere,” another witness said, adding that the men started running towards the tables.'”
Five people were lightly injured and Los Angeles police said they are investigating the attack as a hate crime.
The Anti-Defamation League L.A. office said they are offering a “$5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the assault.”
In New York, a video uploaded to social media showed a mob of dozens of pro-Palestinian supporters, many wearing Arab kaffiyeh head coverings, attacking three Jewish men outside the Ess-a-Bagel restaurant as police tired to intervene.
In Albuquerque, University of New Mexico student Roni Saponar was hospitalized with internal bleeding and a concussion after a group of men beat him up when he was wearing a shirt that said, “Just Jew It,” JNS reported.
Scott Levin, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Mountain States region, said the ADL is “outraged and appalled” by the violent attack, as well as the alleged anti-Semitism that prompted it.
In the predominantly Jewish Chicago suburb of Skokie, pro-Palestinian vigilantes smashed the windows of the Persian Hebrew Congregation synagogue and hung a “Freedom for Palestine” sign on the door. One of the attackers was also wearing a keffiyeh. Skokie police called the incident a “hate crime” and published a picture of one of the attackers, asking for the public’s help in tracking the perpetrators down.
In Canada, pro-Israel supporters were attacked in Toronto and Montreal, with the pro-Palestinian attackers screaming “death to the Jews” and “we will finish what Hitler started,” the Toronto Sun reported.
Two students at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario made a video of themselves dancing to music while pretending to stab Israelis and burning a mock Israeli flag. A student at another university invited others to attack a Jewish colleague on Facebook and to call her a “pig” and a “despicable human being,” Daniel Koren, the director of a Canadian pro-Israel organization, told the Sun.
“This certainly strengthens the notion that anti-Zionism is really anti-Semitism,” Koren said.