Biden condemns “unacceptable” violence in front of synagogue
Biden condemns “unacceptable” violence in front of synagogue

President Joe Biden joined other Democratic officials in condemning the violent scenes outside the Adas Torah Synagogue in Los Angeles.

“Intimidation of Jewish community members is dangerous, unconscionable, anti-Semitic and un-American,” Biden posted on X. “Americans have a right to peaceful protest. But blocking access to a place of worship – and using violence – is never acceptable.”

On Sunday, there were clashes between pro-Palestinian demonstrators and pro-Israel demonstrators in front of the synagogue. Wall Street Journal reported and blocked the entrance.

In addition to shouting slogans, several protesters also hit, shoved and shouted at each other. Adas Torah is located in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood of Los Angeles. Anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise across the United States, and other Democratic officials joined Biden in condemning the clashes.

“I want to make it clear that Los Angeles will not be a haven for anti-Semitism and violence,” wrote Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass. “Those responsible for both will be found and held accountable.”

Governor Gavin Newsom also joined in, posting: “There is no excuse for attacking a house of worship. There is no place for such anti-Semitic hatred in California.”


Biden is struggling to reconcile his historic support for Israel with a growing pro-Palestinian faction in his party.

The president called for a conditional ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, which began with the terrorist attacks on October 7. Since then, however, he has been followed by protesters almost everywhere he travels.

By Everly