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Two men were charged in an assault on Jewish diners earlier this year outside a Beverly Grove restaurant, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said Tuesday. 

Xavier Pabon, 30, and Samer Jayylusi, 36, were each charged with two felony counts of assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury. 

The criminal complaint also includes a hate crime allegation.

Jayylusi is expected to be arraigned Tuesday at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Pabon’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday in the same courtroom. It was not immediately clear whether they have attorneys.

The incident occurred on May 18, when the two suspects were allegedly part of a vehicle caravan that confronted the victims outside Sushi Fumi in the 300 block of North La Cienega Boulevard. 

They are accused of approaching two men outside of a restaurant and attacking them because of their religion. 

“A hate crime is a crime against all of us,” District Attorney Gascón said. “My office is committed to doing all we can to make Los Angeles County a place where our diversity is embraced and protected.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti characterized the crime as an “organized, antisemitic attack.”

“Jewish Angelenos, like all residents, should always feel safe in our city… L.A. is a city of belonging, not of hate. There is simply no place for antisemitism, discrimination or prejudice of any kind in Los Angeles. And we will never tolerate bigotry and violence in our communities,” he said in a Twitter post.

Police were reviewing security video recorded Monday night that appears to show an Orthodox Jewish man being chased by a caravan of people waving Palestinian flags near Rosewood and La Brea avenues.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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