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LA mayor criticizes ‘abhorrent’ violence after anti-Israel protesters block synagogue

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass (Democrat) called the violent clashes, which took place on social media late Sunday night between anti-Israel activists and Israel supporters, “abhorrent.”

The violence began just before noon on Sunday. Adastra Synagogue in the 9000 block of Pico Boulevard.

“The violence that occurred today in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood is abhorrent and blocking access to our place of worship is unacceptable,” Bass wrote to X late Sunday night.

Bass said he has asked the Los Angeles Police Department to conduct additional patrols in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood and outside places of worship across the city.

Anti-Israel agitators besiege La Synagogue, clash with Israeli supporters, riots break out

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass called the violence “abhorrent” after clashes broke out between anti-Israel activists and supporters of Israel on Sunday. (David Swanson/AFP via Getty Images)

“I will be meeting with Chief Chay tomorrow to further discuss the safety of Los Angeles residents,” she wrote.

Footage from the scene showed people fighting, with many of the anti-Israel protesters wearing kefir and masks, while many of the pro-Israel protesters Israeli flag.

Synagogue Riot Gear

Los Angeles police responded to the violent clashes in riot gear and began setting up a perimeter. (Getty Images)

One video shows a group of people attacking a woman lying on the ground in the fetal position while others try to disperse the crowd.

Police officers in riot gear were seen surrounding the area.

At least one person was arrested and another sustained minor injuries in the incident. According to KTLA.

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Clash in Los Angeles

The riot began just before noon on Sunday in front of the Adas Torah Synagogue on the 9000 block of Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

“I want to be clear that Los Angeles will not be a hotbed of anti-Semitism or violence,” Bass wrote. “Those responsible will be found and held accountable.”

“I will be holding a community meeting this week with City Council Member Katie Yaroslavsky, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, Rabbi Noah Farkas, and other law enforcement and faith leaders to discuss how we can move forward together,” she continued.

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Following the October 7 attack on Israel by Hamas terrorists, numerous protests have taken place in Los Angeles and across the United States, leading to military retaliation by the Israeli military.

Fox News’ Bradford Betts contributed to this report.