The Israel-Palestine conflict continues to drive local and national politics in the US. This time, fights broke out after anti-Israel protesters blocked the entrance to a synagogue in Los Angeles in an incident widely condemned as antisemitic.

The city’s mayor and the Governor of California, both Democrats, came out against the anti-Israel agitators. But one local man said the Jewish community had been unsuccessfully begging police and elected officials in the heavily blue area for weeks to do something to protect them during the planned demonstrations.

It’s the latest in a long string of incidents pushing Jewish voters away from the Democrats since 7 October, driven primarily by many progressives’ antagonistic view of Israel — though soft-on-crime policies which breed public disorder probably aren’t helping. With peace talks faltering, the issue isn’t going away any time soon.