Some 2 dozen arrested in anti-Israel protest at UCLA; rabbi accosted, called a ‘pedophile’

University of California Police officers face off against anti-Israel protesters demonstrating, outside Dodd Hall at the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, June 10, 2024. (Etienne Laurent/AFP)
University of California Police officers face off against anti-Israel protesters demonstrating, outside Dodd Hall at the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, June 10, 2024. (Etienne Laurent/AFP)

LOS ANGELES — Police have thwarted attempts by pro-Palestinian demonstrators to set up a new anti-Israel encampment at the University of California, Los Angeles, where officers cleared a previous camp this spring after it was attacked by counterprotesters following mounting accusations of antisemitic harassment against Jewish students.

Approximately 25 people were arrested late Monday for willful disruption of university operations and one for interfering with an officer, UCLA police say in a statement. The individuals were cited, issued 14-day orders to stay away from UCLA and then released.

The demonstrators repeatedly tried to set up tents, canopies and barriers as they moved to various locations, disrupting nearby final exams. The group also damaged a fountain, spray-painted brick walkways, tampered with fire safety equipment, damaged patio furniture, stripped wire from electrical fixtures and vandalized vehicles, the statement says.

Video clips from UCLA showed masked anti-Israel protesters violently accosting Rabbi Dovid Gurevich and calling him a “pedophile,” and assaulting a security guard.

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