Biden comes to LA and pro-Palestinian protesters ready to ‘shut it down’

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26: President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr.  Jill Biden greets South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and First Lady Kim Keon Hee as she arrives at the North Portico of the White House on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 in Washington, DC.  President Biden will receive President Yoon during his first visit to the United States as the two countries reached a nuclear weapons deal.  (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

Biden comes to LA and pro-Palestinian protesters ready to ‘shut it down’

Israel-Hamas, Homepage News, LA Politics, Elections 2024

Andreas J Campa

Dec. 8, 2023

Dozens of demonstrators standing in solidarity with Palestinians are expected to picket outside a Westwood fundraiser for President Biden on Friday evening, setting off an ominous protest. warning from the Los Angeles Police Department that violence against any child will not be tolerated.

The department reported this in a message on the social media platform

The Los Angeles Police Department requests that all individuals and groups involved in protest or counter-protest activities not allow individuals who express intent to commit violence or property damage [damage] to endanger the otherwise lawful demonstration, the post said.

An LAPD spokesperson said officers were “not aware of any prior threats of violence or vandalism” at the protests.

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It is unclear how many protesters are expected at Holmby Park, near the Holmby Hills home, where Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will attend the fundraiser, but pro-Palestinian groups, including the Palestinian Youth Movement, have taken to social media to encourage their supporters to to leave work early and terminate their work.


get ready to close it for Palestine, bringing thousands of likes and interactions.

One post from the youth group featured fake blood and played off Biden’s Dark Brandon meme, with glowing red eyes and referring to the president as Genocide Joe.

The group urged followers to show up and hold a picket line with us for as long as necessary! Protesters are expected to gather from 3:30 p.m

Previous peaceful pro-Palestinian protests took place in Pershing Square, where tens of thousands of people gathered. on November 21, as well as at the Israeli Consulate on November 4 and in Hollywood on November 15. A smaller-scale protest organized by progressive Jewish activists took place outside Vice President Kamala Harris Brentwood’s home in October.

The protests have grown into a nationwide movement of demonstrators calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and an end to the United States’ financial and military aid to Israel.

After Hamas militants attacked Israel in October. 7, which killed and kidnapped about 1,200 people


In more than 240 cases, Israel responded with a bombing offensive and an eventual ground war in Gaza, believed to be responsible for at least 17,000 Palestinian deaths.

Friday night’s fundraiser will be hosted by Hollywood directors Steven Spielberg and Rob Reiner, producers Shonda Rhimes and Peter Chernin, former studio chief Jim Gianopulos and former Los Angeles mayoral candidate Rick Caruso. Mayor Karen Bass, Governor. Gavin Newsom and Rep. Nancy Pelosi are also expected to attend



The event marks the first fundraising gala since the end of two strikes in the entertainment industry. Individual donations can reach nearly $1 million.


Biden’s visit is ongoing


from Friday to Sunday,


with its arrival and departure from LAX, traffic is expected to be affected.

Caltrans spokesman Marc Bischoff said


No prior announcement is made to the public for ramp closures for safety reasons, but concerned motorists can check with Caltrans for closures.

Times writers Seema Mehta and Anthony De Leon contributed to this report.


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