December 10, 2023

A Jewish man died Monday after falling and putting his head following a confrontation over the weekend throughout competing pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Thousand Oaks, authorities mentioned.

At about 3:20 p.m. Sunday, deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Division responded to reviews of a battery on the intersection of Westlake Boulevard and Thousand Oaks Boulevard, the place each demonstrations had been being held, authorities mentioned.

The sufferer, recognized as Paul Kessler, 69, from Thousand Oaks, was discovered affected by a head harm after he fell backward and struck his head on the bottom following a bodily altercation with a number of counter-protesters, based on authorities and witness accounts.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner has dominated the person’s dying as a murder, with the reason for dying being a blunt-force head harm.

“Witness accounts indicated that Kessler was concerned in a bodily altercation with counter-protestor(s). Throughout the altercation, Kessler fell backwards and struck his head on the bottom,” the division mentioned.

The Jewish Federation of Better Los Angeles mentioned Kessler was Jewish and that he was struck within the head by a megaphone held by a pro-Palestinian demonstrator. The sheriff’s division didn’t instantly affirm these particulars however deliberate a information convention Tuesday morning.

Rabbi Michael Barclay of Temple Ner Simcha in Westlake Village, close to Thousand Oaks, urged individuals to keep away from leaping to conclusions about what occurred.

“I simply obtained off the telephone with the Chief of Police,” he posted on X, previously Twitter. “They’ve conflicting reviews of what occurred, and so they did interview the suspect that’s recognized in social media on the occasion. They don’t have any video.”

He mentioned police are being cautious earlier than making accusations. “We have to do the identical; and never let this develop into a spark that begins an inferno,” he wrote.