Police remove keffiyeh-wearing toddler from car after handcuffing couple during LA shul riot

President Joe Biden described the violent attack on the synagogue antisemitic


The anti-Israel protester who was arrested

On Sunday, violent clashes erupted outside the Adas Torah synagogue in Los Angeles during an anti-Israel protest. 

Footage of the incident showed the woman standing out of the sunroof of a Range Rover wearing a keffiyeh and holding out both her arms with her middle fingers up at the pro-Israel activists.

Riot police the approached the car and with one shouting, “Put your hands up. Get out of the car now. Ma’am, step out of the car.”

Both the women and the driver were detained. Police then approached the car and retrieved a toddler who was wearing a keffiyeh.

The keffiyeh symbolises Palestinian nationalism that become popular under the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat.

Following Sunday’s violent outbreak President Joe Biden called the protest antisemitic.

Biden said on X: “I’m appalled by the scenes outside of Adas Torah synagogue in Los Angeles. Intimidating Jewish congregants is dangerous, unconscionable, antisemitic, and un-American.

“Americans have a right to peaceful protest. But blocking access to a house of worship – and engaging in violence – is never acceptable.”

The Los Angeles Police Department said it responded to two protests Sunday in Pico-Robertson a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood where the Adas Torah synagogue is.

Pro-Palestinian protesters were heard chanting “Free, free Palestine - from the river to the sea,” and “long live intifada.”

The participants blocked members from entering the synagogue and also traffic along the road.

Videos from the scene shows multiple violent altercations broke out in the street.

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