Samer Jayylusi, 37, and Xavier Pabon, 32, the two men who were arrested for a hate crime attack on two Jewish men outside of Sushi Fumi in the city limits of West Hollywood, pleaded no contest to the charges and were ordered to complete 80 hours of counseling focusing on bias and cultural sensitivity along with an eight-hour program at the Museum of Tolerance.
Superior Court Judge Laura Priver also sentenced the two men to two years of probation. She stated that she thought the counseling and Museum of Tolerance program was a better solution than sending the two to state prison as the prosecution had requested.
The incident occurred on May 19, 2021. They were both arrested on May 21, 2021.
Jayylusi and Pabon pleaded no contest on May 22, 2023, to two counts each of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and admitted a hate crime allegation involving each of the counts, according to Deputy District Attorney Paul Kim.
Videos posted on social media show a group of men yelling pro-Palestinian chants and waving Palestinian flags from their cars. They then targeted Jewish individuals at the sushi restaurant. They yelled anti-Semitic slurs at the diners. One of the diners yelled back at the group of men and a violent fight broke out.
According to video footage the group approached the diners. A man sitting at one of the tables picks up a rope pole to ward off the individuals. That man was then seen dragged toward a nearby car, pinned by the group, and punched.
One of the diners, who is not Jewish, told CBSLA that men in a caravan began throwing bottles at him and the group he was dining with. The man said he was physically attacked when he tried to defend the group. He said the men used anti-Jewish profanity. He said he was pepper sprayed during the attack and had to go to the hospital.
The City of West Hollywood released a statement condemning the alleged anti-Semitic assault.