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Jewish Man Fatally Confronted by Pro-Palestine Protester at California Rally

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  • A 69-year-old Jewish man died after a physical altercation with a pro-Palestine protester at a pro-Israel rally in Ventura County, California.
  • An autopsy revealed that the cause of death was blunt force head injury.
  • The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Authorities in Ventura County, California, are investigating the death of a 69-year-old Jewish man who was killed while attending a pro-Israel rally during a “physical altercation” with a pro-Palestine protester.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of battery at a demonstration on Westlake and Thousand Oaks Boulevards after a verbal altercation broke out between Paul Kessler and an unnamed protester on Sunday afternoon, according to authorities.

“Witness accounts indicated that Kessler was involved in a physical altercation with [pro-Palestinian] counterprotesters,” a department press release stated. “During the altercation, Kessler fell backwards and struck his head on the ground.”

An autopsy done on Monday revealed that Kessler’s death was ruled a homicide, and the cause of death was blunt force head injury, according to authorities.

Additionally, the department said it is continuing to investigate the incident and have not ruled out the “possibility of a hate crime.”

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles wrote in a post on X Monday accusing the pro-Palestine protester of throwing a megaphone at Kessler.

The group wrote that “violence against [the Jewish] people has no place in civilized society,” and that they will “not tolerate violence against [the Jewish] community… [and] will do everything in [their] power to prevent it.”

“Our hearts are with the family of the victim,” the group wrote in a Monday night post. “While we wait for more information from our law enforcement partners, we remind you that this is the fourth major anti-Semitic crime committed in Los Angeles this year alone.”

Footage circulating on social media shows a man lying on the ground with an apparent head injury as two people, including a woman with a jacket emblazoned with “Free Palestine,” come to his aid.

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Meanwhile, no arrests have been made as the investigation is still ongoing.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benny Gantz said that Kessler’s death is “a warning light that must reverberate throughout the world.”

“The murderous ideology of Hamas that led to the terrible massacre on Oct.7 is not only Israel’s problem, and the entire free world must unite against it and fight it to stand on the right side of history,” Gantz said, according to Israeli media.

Clear Thoughts

The tragic death of a Jewish man during a pro-Israel rally in California is a stark reminder of the rising violence against the Jewish community.

The incident, being investigated as a potential hate crime, occurred during a physical altercation with a pro-Palestine protester.

This senseless act of violence should not be tolerated in any civilized society. It is imperative for law enforcement to swiftly bring the perpetrator to justice.

The international community must stand united against the hateful ideology that fuels such acts and support Israel in its fight against terrorism.

We mourn the loss of this innocent life and call for an end to anti-Semitic crimes.

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Samson

    November 8, 2023 at 6:47 pm

    These kids are like this because they grow up in a Democrat sewer environment.

    • Jerry L McLellen

      November 11, 2023 at 6:43 pm

      C’mon get off your MAGA extremist soap box. This had nothing to do with American politics.

      • Patriot_USA

        November 12, 2023 at 12:54 am

        Really? Then what did happen there ‘Know it all’? Hmm, Let’s see if it wasn’t in any way political, then golly gee, I got it, the young punk in Gaza garb who came up behind the 69 year old man and smashed him over the head didn’t like the color of his clothes and shoes, yeah that must be it!
        Seriously, how in the heck are you leftist morons even able to live with yourselves, your combined IQ’s of all leftist couldn’t match a single microbe!

  2. Trib

    November 8, 2023 at 10:31 pm

    Don’t worry. O’Biden is taking care of it by passing Islamophobia laws. If you speak out against these violent moose lams you will be charged with a hate crime.

    • Jerry L McLellen

      November 11, 2023 at 6:47 pm

      What is wrong with you MAGA idiots? This mans tragic death had nothing to do with any laws being passed. Remember, it is the Trumpster puppets in the House of Representatives that are forcing whatever laws you object to that have the majority. Go crawl back under your rock.

  3. DanDaBald

    November 11, 2023 at 6:45 pm

    How’s about maybe the 69 year old man should’ve stayed home. I’m all for freedom of expression, but when demonstrating in the streets and there are counter-demonstrators present I’d throw down my sign, stuff the Star of David in my pocket and get to my car ASAP.

    • AussieDame

      November 11, 2023 at 10:49 pm

      A clear indication of why the Western World (Democracies) is heading for annihilation. People believe it best to be gutless and avoid standing up for their principles, their beliefs, their Country, its allies and what is right morally, allowing the violent anti freedom groups and their propaganda arms to call the shots….therefore the only ones in the end with freedoms as they steal others freedom with violence and hatred.

    • Patriot_USA

      November 12, 2023 at 1:00 am

      These Indoctrinated POS punks are attempting to take over the US as their US hating, Communist, Fascist type Professors are teaching them. Tired of this BS! They tried that on me, I put a slug right between the Leftist eyeballs! Got plenty thousands rounds more to go! The leftist are setting the US into Civil war II any day soon now and they will get their war and will be eradicated in the process, mark my words!

    • moon

      November 30, 2023 at 2:39 pm

      not me. I would pull out my weapon and start kicking some communist nazis ass. take that to your bank and shove it. especially hamas bastards ass.

  4. El

    November 11, 2023 at 6:49 pm

    To idiot #1: Yes, this has everything to do with American politics. Democrats own this violence.
    To idiot #2: The man should not have stayed home. This is America, and he has the RIGHT to protest.

    I have to say I found this headline entirely too passive. The man was killed by the Mohammedan. Change your language, and stop being like other MSM.

  5. Robert J Zouse

    November 11, 2023 at 6:49 pm

    This comes straight from Obama to guide Biden to do what he always wanted to do. we must rid our government of all democrats to make this right. Biden wants a war so he can stay in office , and all his family & friends can make money of of it. Arrest them for treason for they are guilty and the world knows it. The media is being paid to hide all the facts.

  6. Watson

    November 11, 2023 at 8:33 pm

    Anyone with a modicum of education and historical knowledge can identify incidents of Jewish persecution throughout the ages. As a Roman Catholic I am very aware that if the Jews are not safe then the Christians are not safe. This country was founded on Judeo, Christian beliefs. If the Jewish people disappeared from the earth tomorrow the Christians would be targeted for extinction the very next day. In the United States peacefully protesting abortion, illegal immigration, gun control, anti semitism, criminal violence, sexual exploitation of children, etc should occur without the threat of physical harm or death.

  7. Camille Gilliam

    November 11, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    The young man that did this had better get a Bible out and start reading it. I don’t know who taught you that it is OK to push someone 66 yrs old but you were very wrong.You may have not planned on killing someone but now you will have to live with this the reas of your life and you had better start prayingg to GOD now.

  8. Tix3naton

    November 12, 2023 at 11:38 am

    4000 years of history demonstrates that unarmed Jews are easy to kill. IDF sets a good example. The world has seen too many “cooperating” Jewish victims (6,000,000 in Europe). I have learned from their mistakes. Will they ?

  9. hank buttner

    November 20, 2023 at 7:35 am

    They say innocent Palestinians are dying? I say that there is no Innocent Palestinians! BUNCH OF DOG KILLERS! They ALL disgust me NOW and make me SICK! AGAIN, I SAY: KILL THEM ALL and let GOD SORT THESE PIGS OUT! It is either YOU KILL these PIGS, or these PIGS will KILL YOU! PIGS

  10. David

    December 4, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    I think the reporter could have worded the headline a little differently, “fatally confronted”? It just looks weird. How about killed or fatally attacked?

  11. Spanabama

    December 13, 2023 at 11:49 pm

    Is it not obvious who the real cancer is in the United States…?? First, it’s Palestinians and muslims, then it’s the indoctrinated children that are looking for attention and decide to back the terrorist group Hamas. You see who the violent extremists are, the Palestinians and muslims, not the Jewish citizens.

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