LA mayor considers buffer zones at houses of worship after protest at synagogue

by | Jun 27, 2024 | Religion

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — L.A. Mayor Karen Bass on Wednesday, June 26, said she is exploring the idea of buffer zones around houses of worship in response to a pro-Palestinian protest at a synagogue on Sunday but said that placing regulations on masks at public demonstrations — at this point — would likely not hold up in court. There were pro-Palestinian protesters who had their faces covered on Sunday, and by Monday at a press conference, Bass said she would examine a number of issues, like requiring permits for protests and regulating “people wearing masks at protests.”
Support for restricting face coverings at protests comes at a time when state legislators want to criminalize masks — through the use of old laws — in response to pro-Palestinian protests, a Washington Post analysis found.
“I committed to following up with our city attorney about this in the likelihood that we might be able to do an ordinance. At this point, we don’t think that this would withstand judicial scrutiny, but we are still looking into it,” said Bass during a security briefing on Wednesday with the Jewish Security Alliance. 
Bass did not give further details of what the buffer zones might look like.
Among those at the briefing were Rabbi Noah Farkas, president of the Jewish Federation Los Angeles; Jeff …

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Support for restricting face coverings at protests comes at a time when state legislators want to criminalize masks — through the use of old laws — in response to pro-Palestinian protests, a Washington Post analysis found.
“I committed to following up with our city attorney about this in the likelihood that we might be able to do an ordinance. At this point, we don’t think that this would withstand judicial scrutiny, but we are still looking into it,” said Bass during a security briefing on Wednesday with the Jewish Security Alliance. 
Bass did not give further details of what the buffer zones might look like.
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