Jewish man killed by Palestinian protester in LA



An autopsy performed by the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office determined the death of a pro-Israeli Jewish man protesting near a pro-Palestine rally in Westlake Village, California to be a homicide. According to the examiner, the finding does not necessarily “indicate a crime has been committed,” because “that’s determined by the [District Attorney’s] office.” 

report from the Ventura County Sheriff says the death occurred at an intersection where both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine rallies were in progress.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles says the deceased man, identified as Paul Kessler, 69, was “struck in the head by a megaphone wielded by a pro-Palestinian protestor.”

The sheriff’s latest public report doesn’t say anything about a megaphone, but does say Kessler was “involved in a physical altercation with counter-protestors,” during which he “fell backwards and struck his head on the ground.” 

The examiner’s report notes Kessler had a nonlethal injury to one side of his face, along with blunt force trauma to the back of his head consistent with a fall, which could suggest he may have been struck then fallen to the ground. 

“The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident and has not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime,” said the office in a public statement.

Two weeks ago, the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish anti-hate group claimed there was a nearly 400% increase in reported anti-semitic incidents from October 7 to October 23 over the same period last year. 

“It’s a lot of anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian protestors that are celebrating Hamas’ atrocities,” said Aaron Bandler, a staff writer for the Jewish Journal who covers antisemitism, to The Center Square. “The protesters are wearing masks so you can’t really see their faces.” 

In California, pro-Israel and pro-Palestine protests have erupted around the state, accompanying a surge in reports of both anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim incidents. 


  1. Liberal-Leftist American Jews should be seeing how their political side really felt about them by its silence or its protest.

  2. These pleasant folks from … Iran, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Hezbollah, Hamas, ISIS, etc are so Friendly and Welcoming and Productive … emblematic of Peace and Love.
    Until they’re ‘NOT’ all of which is 99.9% of the time!!!

  3. So who’s really the bad guys? The left has repeatedly demonstrated they are.
    No peaceful protests anymore as now you can loose your life protesting and nobody gets arrested.

  4. This is a despicable act by that pro-Palestine protester. And anyone who defends those actions are just as despicable.

    However, I did not see any article on this site regarding the equally despicable act by a landlord in Chicago who murdered a 6 year old boy and almost killed his mother because they were Muslim.

    Why not? Why only report on this horrendous act and not the other one?

    Both are terrible incidents and the perps should be prosecuted to the max, but there are innocent victims in both cases and they deserve to have their stories told equally.

  5. I’ll bet that there will be Huge backlash from this. Look for a year of violent rioting as those Jews burn neighborhoods to the ground while they loot and plunder Corporate Retail stores as they chant ” No Justice, No Peace”!

  6. More needless, collateral death caused by Sloppy Joe’s abysmal diplomatic failures! Unfortunately, Congress has lost it’s way on impeachment & are solely focused, it seems, on the latest shiny bauble.

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