LOS ANGELES – Multiple fights broke out at a screening of a film depicting the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel at the Museum of Tolerance in West Los Angeles, authorities said Thursday.
The screening of the 43-minute film “Bearing Witness” documenting the atrocities committed by Hamas against Israeli citizens apparently triggered the melee outside the museum, KABC 7 reported.
AR7 HD footage showed several groups of people punching and kicking and KABC reported some were pepper-sprayed when Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to the museum.
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass denounced the violence. “We cannot allow current worldwide tension to devolve into this unacceptable violence in our city,” she wrote on social media. “This is a time of immense pain and distress for thousands of Angelenos. We must stand together.”
KABC reported actress Gal Godot, who is Israeli, was said to be involved in organizing the screening. The station reported that was she was not in attendance.