Southern California Jewish man Paul Kessler dies after confrontation with pro-Palestinian protesters in Thousand Oaks officials Internewscast Journal
Jewish man in his 60s died a day after being injured at a pro-Palestinian rally in Southern California.
A man in his 60s, Paul Kessler, died after being injured at a pro-Palestinian rally in Southern California, according to authorities. The incident occurred during two competing rallies in support of the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the current conflict. Kessler was involved in an altercation with pro-Palestinian demonstrators and sustained injuries that led to his death. Reports indicate that he was struck in the head with a megaphone before falling and hitting his head on the ground. The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office has determined Kessler's death to be a homicide caused by blunt force head injury. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident and has not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime. Jewish groups have condemned the violent incident, stating that it is the fourth major antisemitic crime committed in Los Angeles this year. CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Amy Spitalnick, has highlighted a rise in antisemitic acts since the conflict between Hamas and Israel broke out last month. She emphasized the need for people to reject hate and violence, regardless of their opinions on the conflict. This tragic event serves as a reminder of the importance of promoting safety and tolerance in society.