The scene was secured by eight police officers and a private security team hired by the Jewish Federation of San Diego County, which sponsored the pro-Israel rally. Police said demonstrators on both sides were cooperative and peaceful.
That gathering included several leaders of the local Jewish community and some elected officials.
“I stand with Israel,” San Diego Rep. Scott Peters reportedly said of the demonstration, “and San Diego stands with Israel. Israel has not only the right to defend itself but the obligation to defend itself and its children.”
At the counter-rally, sponsored by the organization Jewish Voice for Peace, people reportedly carried signs saying “Jews Against Collective Punishment.”
One North Park resident said local Jews need to stop justifying what he called Israel’s unacceptable acts of violence.
“There’s been a sad lack of critical reflection or moral responsibility among the American Jewish community,” he said.
The rallies ended after about an hour.