Demonstrators brawl outside LA’s Museum of Tolerance after screening of Hamas attack video

Israel supporters gather on Oct. 15 during a march in West Los Angeles in front of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Street fights erupted between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian demonstrators outside Los Angeles’ Museum of Tolerance after a private screening of video showing the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by Hamas militants.

The Los Angeles Times reported that 150 people attended the private screening of “Bearing Witness to the October 7th Massacre,” that included graphic footage captured by Hamas militants’ body cameras and cellphones and was compiled by the Israel Defense Forces.


Outside the museum, demonstrators waved flags and got into shouting matches, before dispersing as the event ended, the newspaper reported. But an hour later, a small group of demonstrators returned and fistfights broke out.

“Two reports for battery were taken and will be thoroughly investigated,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement Thursday.

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass called for unity after the Wednesday night fight.

The brawl came two days after a pro-Israeli demonstrator died from head injuries following a confrontation with a pro-Palestinian demonstrator in suburban Thousand Oaks, northwest of Los Angeles.

The death remains under investigation and no one has been arrested.

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