Paul Kessler Video Shows How Jewish Man Died at Pro-Palestinian Protest


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Via:  independent-liberal  •  8 months ago  •  16 comments

By:   Sean O'Driscoll (Newsweek)

Paul Kessler Video Shows How Jewish Man Died at Pro-Palestinian Protest
A 69-year-old Jewish man was allegedly beaten over the head with a megaphone during a standoff between rival protest groups.

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By Sean O'Driscoll Senior Crime and Courts ReporterFOLLOW

A 69-year-old Jewish man has died after allegedly being beaten when pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian protesters clashed in California.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office said Paul Kessler's death was a homicide caused by a blunt force head injury.

A pro-Palestinian protester allegedly beat Kessler over the head with a megaphone during the confrontation on Sunday. Kessler was waving an Israeli flag when pro-Palestinian demonstrators allegedly confronted his group.

paul-kessler-death.png?w=1200&f=d97cc37f1a9ab4dd4bf48ad3e106a9f0 Images from the scene of the alleged assault on Paul Kessler in Ventura County, California, on Sunday. The 69-year-old died.Twitter/@StopAntisemites/@buttonslives

"The Ventura County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident and has not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime," the medical examiner's office said.

People around the world are protesting amid the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel on October 7, the deadliest Palestinian militant attack on Israel in history. Israel subsequently launched its heaviest ever airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, along with a ground assault and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country is "at war."

As of November 6, over 1,400 people had been killed in Israel, and an additional 242 were kidnapped and taken to Gaza as hostages. At least 9,700 people have been killed in Gaza, and a further 32,000 wounded, the Associated Press reported, citing the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry.

Pro-Palestinian protesters could be seen chanting as Kessler was being loaded into an ambulance. One of them continued to use a megaphone to chant pro-Palestinian slogans while standing by a pool of blood where Kessler fell.

In a video recorded at the scene, a police officer can be seen repeatedly trying to persuade the man with the megaphone to move from the spot.

One woman, who was wearing a denim jacket embroidered with pro-Palestinian messages, was seen checking on Kessler's condition as he lay on the ground.

The alleged perpetrator could be seen talking to police after the alleged attack.

Ventura County police are expected to hold a press conference on Tuesday morning, when they will give an update on the man arrested for the attack. Kessler died in hospital on Monday.

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles said a pro-Palestinian protester hit Kessler with a megaphone during an "antisemitic crime."

"We are devastated to learn of the tragic death of an elderly Jewish man who was struck in the head by a megaphone wielded by a pro-Palestinian protester in Westlake Village," the federation said in a statement.

"Our hearts are with the family of the victim. While we wait for more information from our law enforcement partners, we remind you that this is the fourth major antisemitic crime committed in Los Angeles this year alone. Violence against our people has no place in civilized society. We demand safety. We will not tolerate violence against our community. We will do everything in our power to prevent it."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations called for calm.

"We urge everyone to wait for the Ventura County Sheriff's Office to complete its investigation before drawing any conclusions," the organization said in a statement. "While we strongly support the right of political debate, CAIR-LA and the Muslim community stand with the Jewish community in rejecting any and all violence, antisemitism, Islamophobia, or incitement of hatred."

Ventura County police said in a statement that the assault happened at about 3:20 p.m. at the intersection of Westlake Boulevard and Thousand Oaks Boulevard, where simultaneous pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protests were taking place.

One pro-Israeli demonstrator, who hid her identity, told ABC 7 News that some of the pro-Palestinian group walked across the road, began antagonizing her group and hit Kessler over the head.

"It is a hate crime, there is no question about it," she said.

Update 11/07/23 at 5:09 a.m ET: This article was updated to include background on the conflict and the latest casualty figures.


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independent Liberal
Freshman Quiet
1  seeder  independent Liberal    8 months ago

Murder is not an acceptable way to protest.

Sean Treacy
Professor Principal
2  Sean Treacy    8 months ago

Time for Biden and Harris to warn about Islamophobia...

Professor Principal
2.1  Texan1211  replied to  Sean Treacy @2    8 months ago

How long before some groups of college kids defend this heinous act and consider it justified?

Will a certain Democrat in Congress shed any tears over this poor old man's death, or are they reserved only for Palestinians?

Sean Treacy
Professor Principal
2.1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1    8 months ago

certain Democrat in Congress shed any tears over this poor old man's death

Tears of joy, maybe. 

Another Democrat, Elizabeth Warren, responds to the news that a Jewish protester was beaten and  killed to warn:

The surge of hate & violence against Muslims, Arabs & Palestinian Americans is alarming. It’s powerfully important that the Biden-Harris administration is developing a national strategy to counter Islamophobia. It's up to all of us to ensure there's no space for hate in America.

Professor Principal
2.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.1.1    8 months ago
Muslims, Arabs & Palestinian Americans

Poor thing, has senility set in?

Is she confusing Jews with those 3?

Sean Treacy
Professor Principal
3  Sean Treacy    8 months ago

The initial  reporting on this has been a great example of the subtilties of media bias. Most of the corporate media goes out of its way to avoid writing  exactly who struck him or how he fell. Apparently, he somehow just hit his head and died.

Akin to how Israelis civilians died on October 7th, but Palestinian civilians are killed. 

independent Liberal
Freshman Quiet
3.1  seeder  independent Liberal  replied to  Sean Treacy @3    8 months ago

You mean like this?


or maybe this?


At this time it was already known he was beaten with a megaphone.


Sean Treacy
Professor Principal
3.1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  independent Liberal @3.1    8 months ago

Crazy how that works.  

Professor Principal
3.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  Sean Treacy @3.1.1    8 months ago
Crazy how that works.  

Crazy, or merely shameful that THAT is what passes for "good journalism" nowadays?

Professor Principal
4  Kavika     8 months ago

Sadly, protests have turned into violent confrontations.

Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Kavika @4    8 months ago

For the most part they always were. Especially now with these pro-Palestinian rallies.

How does that chant go again........Genocide Joe has to go!

Drinker of the Wry
Senior Expert
5  Drinker of the Wry    8 months ago

I don't remember ISIS as getting this kind of US support when we were fighting them.

independent Liberal
Freshman Quiet
5.1  seeder  independent Liberal  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @5    8 months ago

Never ever did I see a "Gays for Isis" sign at a pro Isis rally with white college kids with blue hair wearing black and white table cloths on their heads either.

I think it's time we set aside our domestic political agendas and have a grown up conversation about educating our children properly regarding history.

Professor Quiet
5.1.1  Jack_TX  replied to  independent Liberal @5.1    8 months ago
I think it's time we set aside our domestic political agendas and have a grown up conversation about educating our children properly regarding history.

Let's don't stop with history.

Professor Principal
5.2  Texan1211  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @5    8 months ago
I don't remember ISIS as getting this kind of US support when we were fighting them.

And I bet a dollar to a donut that Hamas wouldn't have that support if they weren't such pussies and hiding behind women and children. They relish the deaths of civilians because the media will sensationalize it and not tell the whole truth and turn the world against Israel.

Thrawn 31
Professor Guide
5.2.1  Thrawn 31  replied to  Texan1211 @5.2    8 months ago

Maximizing civilian deaths is part of their strategy. Not sure why they aren’t being called out for it. Hamas wants as many Palestinians, especially children, to die as possible so that idiots around the world will be more sympathetic to their cause.

Boggles my mind how anyone can side with those pieces of shit. What is really confusing is that just about every single person supporting them in the US deserves to die according to Hamas, and yet these idiots are marching in support of them.


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