Jewish man dead after attack during Israel-Palestine protests in Ventura County

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Southern California authorities said an elderly Jewish man who was attacked at Palestine and Israel demonstrations in Thousand Oaks over the weekend died from his injuries.

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The horrific incident happened around 3 p.m. Sunday during dueling rallies near the intersection of Westlake and Thousand Oaks boulevards. Deputies with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office were called out to the area after reports of a battery.

When they got there, they found 69-year-old Paul Kessler had fallen to the ground and was bleeding from his head. According to deputies, Kessler had been involved in “an altercation with counter-protesters.” 

Reports on social media said Kessler was holding an Israeli flag among the group of pro-Palestine demonstrators when one demonstrator allegedly hit Kessler on the head with a megaphone. The alleged hit caused Kessler to fall down and hit his head, with video posted to social media just showing Kessler on the ground holding his head after the fall.

Kessler was taken to the hospital Sunday, and on Monday, officials said he did not survive his injuries sustained in the attack. According to the VCSO, Kessler’s autopsy determined his cause of death to be a blunt-force head injury, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

The VCSO’s Major Crimes Bureau continues to investigate the incident and the VCSO said the office has not ruled out the possibility that the incident was a hate crime.

The person wanted in the attack has not been arrested or charged.

In a statement to FOX 11 the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles said it’s “devastated” by the news, saying their “hearts are with the family of the victim.”

“Violence against our people has no place in civilized society,” the statement read. “We demand safety. We will not tolerate violence against our community. We will do everything in our power to prevent it.”

LA Mayor Karen Bass issued the following statement Tuesday:

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Comments

  1. Robin Itzler - Patriot Neighbors says

    The fact that VCSO’s Major Crimes Bureau has not yet determined if Paul Kessler’s death is a hate crime is all you need to know about our two-tier system. If Kessler – may he rest in peace – was black or Muslim, we all know it would have immediately been called a hate crime. Moreover, an arrest would have been made. Ah, but it was just a 69-year-old Jewish man rallying in support of Israel.

    Next!

  2. If someone else- Christian or Jew, had taken out that radical Islamist Ventura Community College professor who features terrorist convicted murderers on his social media, then he/she would have been immediately arrested and jailed. But VC has gone woke, which is why we left.

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