Death of California Elderly Jewish Man at Dueling Pro-Israel/’Pro-Palestine’ Rallies Ruled a Homicide
The Sheriff’s Department has not ruled out the possibility of investigating Paul Kessler’s death as a hate crime.
Now we know the details.
Authorities ruled the death of Paul Kessler, 69, a homicide. From the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department:
A 69-year-old man, identified as Paul Kessler, died as a result of injuries sustained during an altercation at a Pro-Israeli / Pro-Palestinian event, both of which were occurring simultaneously at the intersection of Westlake Blvd. and Thousand Oaks Blvd. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident and has not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime.
On November 5, 2023, at approximately 3:20 PM, multiple citizens called the Ventura County Sheriff’s Communication Center to report a battery had occurred at the intersection of Westlake Boulevard and Thousand Oaks Boulevard in the City of Thousand Oaks. The intersection was the location of a Pro-Israeli / Pro-Palestinian demonstration.
Upon arrival, responding deputies located Kessler, who was suffering from a head injury. Witness accounts indicated that Kessler was involved in a physical altercation with counter-protestor(s). During the altercation, Kessler fell backwards and struck his head on the ground. Kessler was transported to an area hospital for advanced medical treatment. On November 6, 2023, Kessler succumbed to his injuries.
The medical examiner ruled the cause of death as blunt force head injury. It is a homicide.
A man at the rally described the anti-Israel people as “extremely aggressive.” They yelled at the police, “trying to incite a reaction or response.”
In the video, you see ONE “pro-Palestine” person going over to Kessler. Just one.
BREAKING: A pro-Palestine protester has been arrested after killing a 65 year old Jewish man by hitting him over the head with a megaphone during a verbal altercation in the Thousand Oaks area of LA.
The man suffered from a brain hemorrhage as a result & succumbed to his… pic.twitter.com/sCY4MgraGB
— Leftism (@LeftismForU) November 7, 2023
Jews are being murdered in the streets. It's America 2023, but it feels like Germany 1938. pic.twitter.com/HkGTlrSAWG
— Israel War Room (@IsraelWarRoom) November 7, 2023
Candle light vigil at the corner where Mr Paul Kessler was murdered.
— Rabid Dentite 🇮🇱 (@PatrioticCoach) November 7, 2023
Locals in Thousand Oaks, California, held a vigil for Paul Kessler on November 6, after he died in what police called an “altercation” during protests related to the Israel-Gaza conflict. pic.twitter.com/l1X5lCIBLa
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 7, 2023
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