Jewish Man Dies After Altercation at Dueling Protests in California

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A 69-year-old Jewish man died on Monday from accidents he suffered throughout a weekend altercation in Southern California over the Israel-Hamas battle, and the authorities stated they had been investigating the incident as a murder and a potential hate crime.

Witnesses informed investigators that Mr. Kessler had a bodily altercation with a minimum of one counterprotester, the authorities stated.

Phrase of Mr. Kessler’s fall ricocheted shortly throughout communities that had been already on edge. A number of mourners on Monday night time introduced flowers and lit candles on a ledge exterior a Shell fuel station close to the place the altercation occurred.

The Jewish Federation of Larger Los Angeles pointed to current cases of antisemitic crimes within the area, which have rattled Jewish residents in Southern California.

“The actual fact of the matter is there may be now a Jewish man who’s lifeless,” stated Rabbi Noah Farkas, the president and chief govt of the federation. “And right here we’re once more as a Jewish neighborhood, frightened, terrified to precise ourselves, to be ourselves.”

Shawn Hubler and Livia Albeck-Ripka contributed reporting.

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