Pro-Palestinian protesters spray-painted prominent buildings, businesses, churches and apartment buildings in Los Angeles’ Westwood neighborhood near UCLA Friday night in demonstrations linked to President Joe Biden’s visit to a nearby home for a fundraiser.
Protests began earlier in the day at local Holmby Park against President Biden’s visit as protesters wearing keffieyhs and carrying Palestinian flags held signs calling Jews “baby killers” and referring to the president as “Genocide Joe,” referring to his Israel policies.
The president participated in an event Friday evening in Westwood for donors – including prominent Hollywood actors – who are supporting his reelection, according to the LA Times.
The Foreign Desk did a drive through Westwood’s Wilshire Corridor observing the vandalism and spray-painted messages Saturday morning. Some buildings have already begun repainting or at the very least temporarily covering the graffitied messages such as “Intifada,” “Genocide,” profanities against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Biden, and swastikas.
Westwood United Methodist Church was also heavily tagged with graffitied messages on the different sides of the building.