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Israeli and Palestinian Protesters Block Federal Building in Westwood [Video & Photos]

Police say they have the crowd under control.

Traffic was blocked and police were out in riot gear in Westwood Sunday afternoon where a protest over the military action in Israel and Gaza was taking place near the Federal Building. By 5 p.m., crowds were dispersed without incident, according to California Highway Patrol officials.

An estimated crowd of about 400 people assembled—split roughly in half between Palestinian and Israeli supporters, according to several witnesses.

Demonstrators from both sides made their voices heard, shouting slogans on both sides of Wilshire Boulevard at the Federal Building.

Protesters blocked traffic in the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Veteran Avenue. Approximately 40 law enforcement officers dressed in riot gear stood south of the Federal Building, the witness said.

Local police were on a modified tactical alert in response to the situation, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The California Highway Patrol closed the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway Wilshire Boulevard off-ramp to assist with crowd control.

Marcy Winograd also Tweeted photos of the protest. The author and teacher was with Jewish Voice For Peace at the Westwood Federal Building (see photos.)

Glenn E Grab November 19, 2012 at 03:52 AM
what are the Palestinian supporters protesting?....They're the ones who are shooting over 200o randomly aimed missles into Israel.....Hamas-Iran is using them and they don't even get it...
Rebecca A. Anderson November 19, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Aren't we sick & tired of this baloney, when are we going to get a leader who knows how to get things fixed to get it put back together? At least I know know now the Big Blue Bus was unable to arrive around 3:00 today at Wilshire & Bundy Ho Hum, still do not understand why American tax payers have to put up with this sort of manure?
Glenn E Grab November 19, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Rebecca, it's called freedom of speech....also freedom of assembly...
Rebecca A. Anderson November 19, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Gee Glen, you sure don't sound like any American I grew up with up in Oregon, Class of 1965, we never had to put up with this sort thing at the tax payors expense what's right is still really right, regardless of what country you were born in.
Elin Frankel Schwartz November 19, 2012 at 06:21 AM
My husband and I were there. There were several hundred demonstrators in support of Israel and for Peace and across the street there were fewer than 50 pro-Gaza supporters. When we left at 3:15, which was when the rally was supposed to be over, there had been only one very short confrontation between the two groups when a bunch of pro-Israel demonstrators were enraged by a Palestinian protester very publicly and dramatically desecrated the Israeli flag. The Israel demonstrators themselves stopped the confrontation and called people back across the street. After we left, I guess things got out of hand. It is wrong to report that the demonstration was roughly half and half: the Palestinian counter demonstration was extremely small with no observable support from passing cars.
bPhaive November 19, 2012 at 07:16 AM
Israel has been chomping at the bit to take things up a notch. They openly supported the Romney campaign and now they are testing the waters to see what the flaccid second term Obama will let them get away with. They are not at all concerned about civilian deaths and this is all confirmation of that.
Elin Frankel Schwartz November 19, 2012 at 08:05 AM
Israel does not locate its military bases and weaponry in the midst of densely populated civilian neighborhoods. Israel does not use women and children as human shields. Hamas headquarters itself in the basements of hospitals and stores its missiles in residential areas in order to deliberately cause civilian casualties. Before Israel carries out air raids in order to pinpoint sites of rocket launchers, etc. , it papers the areas with fliers warning civilians to leave the area. I have been to Sderot and seen the hundreds of rockets sent across from Gaza. They are stacked up outside the police station. You can see the shrapnel, the shells filled with nails and tacks. I have been to hospitals in southern Israel and northern Israel where they have had to build complete hospitals underground because they have been constant targets of Hamas and Hezbollah. The playground equipment in Sederot is actually disguised bomb shelters. There are so many children suffering from PTSD that they do not have enough therapists to care for them. I have been inside a windowless bomb shelter where people are packed in until there is barely room to stand. In the two hours I was there, the warning sirens sounded three times. There was a direct hit just feet from where we had been standing five minutes before. It is not Israel who is unconcerned with civilian deaths.
Elin Frankel Schwartz November 19, 2012 at 08:07 AM
One more thing. What other country in the world would tolerate years of missile attacks on its civilian population? What would the US do if Mexico decided it wanted Texas back and started shelling Dallas?
Sharam Tabib November 19, 2012 at 08:10 AM
bPhaive, you seem to be the type that supports terrorists killing in the name of Allah, firing rockets at random towards innocent civilians and hiding behind women and children in a war... I guess you think that somehow Israel is behind the firing of the rockets towards Israeli citizens!! WOW
Fred Alexander November 19, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Elin You are right on , Israel should not have voluntarily given up Gaza in hopes of peace, all they received in return were rockets fired at them. The Palestinians had an opportunity to develop Gaza instead they destroyed all the hothouses, etc. left by the Israelis.
bPhaive November 19, 2012 at 05:18 PM
What type is that, Sharam? I don't condone killing for any reason. I don't condone Israel sneaking into Gaza and murdering the Hamas leader or any retaliatory actions in the wake of that assignation. I certainly don't condone Israel acting like a playground bully with a big stars and stripes henchman to back up its actions. All this killing does the world little good. That's the type I am.
Richard F. November 19, 2012 at 06:00 PM
"All this killing..." and the only side you blame is Israel. bPhaive, the Palestinians have gone on record vowing to annihilate Isreal... do you condone that? As for being a "playground bully" maybe you should check out the size and resource differences between Israel and the openly hostile nations that surround it. BTW, Islamic terrorists are the ONLY group that uses human shields in conflict, so don't talk about civilian deaths. You should be ashamed for supporting such cowardly animals. Americans are not stupid and we are not fooled by your hateful lies.
Sharam Tabib November 19, 2012 at 06:11 PM
It's funny bPhaive how your side's talking point is always "we don't condone killing" followed by "we don't condone killing by Israeli's ...." and always leave out the cowardly and barbaric instigators; the same people who if it wasn't for lack of resources would have already tried to end the world... ask yourself why they hate life and love killing (in the name of Allah)... may be because their own lives are miserable and pathetic.. may be because there is no fun and enjoyment in this life but the able, willing and beautiful virgins who are willing to sleep with any creep are waiting to please them on the other side!!! just pathetic,, really
A.A. November 19, 2012 at 09:12 PM
If any of you want to know the TRUTH about what's going on in the Middle East, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQWUbPN4ooM In case the URL doesn't post, please go to YouTube and look up "America: The Silence of a Nation." Most of you will be A LOT more informed the next time you decide to debate this topic.
Sharam Tabib November 20, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Enlightenment through Chris Hedges, the clear anti-semite liberal? No thanks AA, you are enlightened.. that is enough...keep your slanted enlightenment to yourself
Rebecca A. Anderson November 20, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Still am having trouble trying to figure it all out, just why is it we should care about the Middle East? All I can see here is that they are the trouble makers of the World, and then us struggling trying to-hold-on- to some kind-of-a-job Taxpaying Americans are supposed to pay for it? I don't think so, it doesn't make sense?
Glenn E Grab November 20, 2012 at 02:39 AM
if you don't think we should back our only real friends in the region, Israel, then you don't understand loyalty or diplomacy....also,letting Iran get an operating Atomic bomb would radically change the balance of power in te region....I think Iran is causing this incident, to draw attention away from themselves and their Atomic bomb progress...
Sharam Tabib November 20, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Unfortunately, Americans are known throughout the world for being generally arrogant and ignorant towards world affairs, not knowing much geography, and thinking that USA can be as great if she does not get involved in global affairs... "let the rest of the world go to hell " !! 911 did not wake many up... heck, they are still confused about it!
Rebecca A. Anderson November 20, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Gee Glen, you must have tons of money, us Americans don't have that.. ...whens the last time you actually focused on realty? I suppose it might be when you paid for your email, or does some one do that for you also?
Rebecca A. Anderson November 20, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Gee Sharam TTabub where did you get such a name? Americans don't understand? Duh, we don't want you to know what we know / we just emeantl
Glenn E Grab November 20, 2012 at 04:14 AM
what?
Glenn E Grab November 20, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Sharam, I'm with you and Israel 100%.....I'm not Jewish, but my two sons are(I was smart enough to marry two Jewish women...not smart enough to keep them, though...)
Glenn E Grab November 20, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I'll tell you....Mexico would be a total wasteland...
Rebecca A. Anderson November 20, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Yes, I want to say , we just want to give you enough rope to hang your self,Sharam, Sharam, why doesn't your mother love you? Even more, why don't you love yourself,? Ps Americans do know Geography, we were all stuck in those classes back in grade school, junior high, & even high school. God is love, there is only one god, please know God & love, my son is 32 you are about that age? Please take care of your self.
Rebecca A. Anderson November 20, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Glen can only answer "what"? Just what part of his American Citizenship is he trying to answer to"
bPhaive November 20, 2012 at 05:26 AM
All of this venomous bile really turns my stomach! I really doubt that anyone actually read what was posted. It is sickening. If everybody loves the middle east so much, go live there. Go drive tanks over children and enjoy. Leave America out of it.
Sharam Tabib November 20, 2012 at 05:28 PM
The more you expeess yourself the more you clarify my point Rebecca,,,, I was born in the middle east, but i have been an American since my early teens. I have travelled all over the world and that gives me the perspective that I have.... Many Americans like Rebecca are generally good people, but naive and ignorant about world affairs... G-d bless America , as ishe's been the beacon for fredom, but the way its voting populous is changing, that can change.. Rebecca and her school of thinking is unfortunately becoming the majority...
Glenn E Grab November 20, 2012 at 05:36 PM
sharam,rebecca's anti-semitic point of view isn't the norm , nor will it ever be....I know there are thinly disguised Jew haters like Rebecca, but what I don't understand are Jews who are pro-palestinian, and therefore anti-israel...
Sharam Tabib November 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM
Glen, I don't think Rebecca is necessarily anti-semite... she is just ignorant about other countries and dislikes their people! Chances are, never been outside the American continent! Your point about liberal anti-Israel jews is very valid, I have a close relative who got his brain washed in one of those famous leftist schools of law...unfortunately, majority of the students coming out of most universities tend to lean left because of the teachers and the generally anti-conservative atmosphere.
Glenn E Grab November 21, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Sharam, you agree with me.....therefore you must be intelligent...

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