Creepy surveillance footage obtained by Fox News shows the moment a Los Angeles Jew was chased by two cars carrying Palestinian flags near his home earlier this week as they chanted “Allahu akbar” in an apparent attempt to crush it.
The man, who asked to remain anonymous, told Fox News he was walking from his home to the synagogue on Monday night during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot when he noticed a car driving towards him.
“I have taken this road a million times and have never been afraid,” he said. “I was waiting for the light to change and suddenly I saw a bunch of cars coming in and out of the corner of my eye they were waving the Palestinian flag. They started to speed up and I heard them chanting ‘Allahu akbar. ‘This is where I started running for my life. “
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Surveillance footage recorded from a nearby synagogue shows the man running through a Bank of America parking lot. He is pursued by two cars driving at high speed with several Palestinian flags displayed.
“I ran as fast as possible,” he said. “They were picking up speed and I really thought they were going to run over me, that it would be all over. “
The man said he even recited the “Shemah” prayer, a verse commonly recited by Jews when they were about to die.
“I was petrified,” he said. “I kept thinking, ‘I’m a father of six and I want to come home with them tonight.’ I thought they were going to kill me. My mind was racing. “
The longtime Los Angeles resident managed to lose his tail when he ran into the synagogue and shouted for those around him to help him secure the entrances.
The man has since returned to the synagogue, but finds himself “looking in all directions” and “often hiding behind trees” when vehicles approach, he said.
“I told myself that America has always been synonymous with freedom of religion,” he said. “You will never see Jews in my community attacking pro-Palestinians in a residential area like you have seen here. And yet, I don’t feel safe to walk around. “
The Los Angeles Police Department has opened an investigation into the incident. Police said they couldn’t give details, but senior officials told community leaders they were very aggressive in locating the attackers.
The incident came just one night before a pro-Palestinian mob attacked Jewish diners in Los Angeles in a brawl that was filmed, marking the latest US episode in a disturbing series of anti-Semitic attacks on tensions in the country. Middle East.
Video of the incident shows members of a car trailer displaying Palestinian flags as they drive past the outdoor dining area at Beverly Grove sushi restaurant.
the Los Angeles Times reported that a witness, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, said some people in the caravan threw bottles and chanted “death to the Jews” and “free Palestine”.
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“Someone in one of the passing cars started throwing glass bottles or glass cups on the tables and they smashed all over the place,” said a woman at the restaurant, who did not want to be identified. KCBS-TV.
Several vehicles stopped and the men who got out started running towards the tables and started asking, “Who is a Jew?” Said the woman. KTLA-TV reported that another witness, who was also not identified, said fighting erupted when two men replied that they were.
Cell phone footage of the brawl from different angles showed a man being beaten on a sidewalk.
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The man, who wanted to be identified only as M, said KABC-TV he was at the restaurant to help plan an upcoming wedding with four Jewish friends when the caravan rolled around. The video showed men dressed in black stepping out of a car and pushing M’s friend to the ground.
M was followed to his car, hit and sprayed with pepper, and was treated in hospital. No arrests were made immediately, but police say the investigation is ongoing.