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News :: Human Rights
Police Open Fire on Protest in LA
14 Jul 2014
Modified: 02:04:08 PM
US officer fires gun in clash at anti-war rally.
US officer fires gun in clash at pro-Israel rally

Los Angeles ( AP ) A Federal Officer is accused of opening fire at a protest demonstration at the Federal Building in Westwood on Sunday 12 July 2014. A single shot was fired, no one was hurt.

A demonstration of several hundred people had assembled near the federal building. Pro-Israelis confronted pro-Palestinians. The demonstration was breaking up when pro-Israelis attacked a truck with pro-Palestinians and ripped down a Palestinian flag.

When pro-Palestinians confronted the pro-Israeli who stole their flag the police fired in the air and arrested the pro-Palestinians..

The shooting will be investigated by the Sheriff's Department, assisted by the FBI, bureau spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told KNBC-TV.

Sunday's rally followed a similar one Saturday in support of Palestinians

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Israel: Right Wing Attack on Left Protest
14 Jul 2014
Following assaults on anti-war protesters in Tel Aviv, parties on Left demand answers

The Meretz Party on Sunday called on the Public Security Ministry to open an investigation into the actions of police amid reports of violence directed at anti-war protesters during a demonstration in Tel Aviv Saturday night.

Calling for an investigation, Meretz head Zehava Gal-On said, “It’s unacceptable that the police, instead of fulfilling their duty to protect protesters and their right to demonstrate, instead abandon them and defend the rioters.”

The Labor Party also issued a letter on Sunday, calling on the attorney-general, the Israel Police and the state attorney to probe the incident.

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s spokesman said that they didn’t know about the complaint issued by Meretz but that they would handle it “as is fitting, and not through the press.”

Tel Aviv Police denied the claims by activists that they were beaten by counter-protesters and that police did not intervene, saying that the protest was not approved, and that after the rocket siren at 7:10 people scattered to different places and that fights then broke out. They added that if there weren’t arrests, it’s because there wasn’t reason to arrest anyone and that they haven’t received any complaints of violence.

Journalist and activist Haggai Matar disagreed, saying that the violence started with threats and some shoving and that during the rocket siren, after police scattered, fights broke out in a number of different places.

He added that protesters asked police to call backup and told them they were worried they’d be attacked, but police did not heed their call.

He also dismissed the police claim that they haven’t received complaints, saying that he saw police pull aside people who had assaulted protesters, and then let them go without arrest.

Channel 1 reporter Dudi Nissim, who was broadcasting next to the protest when the fights began, said that the violence was started by the rightwing protesters, who he said seemed to come looking for a fight and were the ones using violence. He said that they chased one person into the nearby Nehama Vahetzi café and beat the person inside the establishment.