The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles issued a statement regarding the tragic death of senior citizen Paul Kessler on Monday.
In a statement, the federation said, “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 protestor in Westlake Village. Our hearts are with the family of the victim.”
The post further added “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.”
Local law enforcement in Los Angeles verified the untimely death of Paul Kessler, 65, of Thousand Oaks, California, late on Monday. Jewish guy Kessler passed away after a deadly head wound he received when being attacked by a pro-Palestinian demonstrator brandishing a megaphone. The incident happened during protests in North Los Angeles’ Westlake Village neighborhood.
After the incident, Kessler collapsed on the ground, gushing blood, and was taken to the hospital without delay. Regretfully, a cerebral hemorrhage was found to be the cause of his death. Attending Israelis called the situation a “terrifying sight” and expressed disbelief that something like this happened in their area.
The victim’s mobile device recorded the incident, and the local police seized it as vital evidence for their continuing investigation. Although the case and its investigation have been acknowledged by the police, they have not yet provided any additional information, such as whether the suspect has been taken into custody.