The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is investigating after a man was caught on camera hurling a concrete slab at a window of the Young Israel of Century City synagogue.
Security footage shows the man attempting, and failing, to throw the slab through the window twice before walking away.
The synagogue’s rabbi, Elazar Muskin, said of the incident: “We will not be frightened, by any act, by anyone. There’s no place in our society in this country, created and built on the principals of freedom of religion, for such acts of vandalism and of hate.”
The same suspect is also believed to have been responsible for a nearby incident in which a window was shattered at Pat’s Restaurant, a kosher steakhouse close to the synagogue.
Errol Fine, the restaurant’s owner, said: “They can break our windows but not our hearts or our resolve. We’re going to stand fast and continue.”
Recently, Los Angeles saw an attack on a group of Jewish men which took place outside the restaurant Sushi Fumi. Video footage shows a group of men in a car waving Palestinian Authority flags and yelling at diners outside the restaurant. They are later seen outside of the restaurant attacking the diners, reportedly having yelled antisemitic slurs. The attackers were said to have also thrown bottles and pepper sprayed a member of the public who tried to defend the Jewish diners, causing them to go to hospital.
The rise in attacks lead to the Biden administration condemning the surge in antisemitic violence across the United States.
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