A Jewish academic intervened in a clash between Ku Klux Klan members and counter-protesters during an anti-immigration rally over the weekend, saving several Klan members from being attacked by the counter-protesters.
The clash broke at the rally held in Anaheim, Calif., after Klan members held signs declaring that “White Lives Matter” in response to the “Black Lives Matter” movement. But police said that a group of counter-protesters who had “the intent of perpetrating violence” began the brawl. By the end of the brawl, police arrested five Klan members, but later released them because evidence showed they acted in self-defense. Seven people still detained by police were seen beating and attacking the Klansmen with wooden posts, police said, according to the Associated Press.
Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, said he witnessed the brawl and intervened because “[the counter-protesters] were so angry, they would have torn these folks limb from limb. I was afraid for their lives.”
Levin protected the Klansmen until police arrived. He shot a video of the incident, which he posted on Twitter, in which he later asked one of the Klansmen, “How do you feel that a Jewish person helped save your life today?”
“I thank you. I thank you,” the Klansman responded, adding that he “would have saved a colored man’s life.”