After the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles issued a statement saying that 69-year-old Paul Kessler’s death was caused by a blow to the head from a megaphone held by a pro-Palestinian protester in West Lake Village, a local rabbi says he spoke with the town’s police chief and that the circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear.
“It is not clear yet exactly what happened other than an elderly Jew was counter-protesting at a Gazan demonstration, hit the ground, and died. We DO NOT KNOW at this time if he fell, was pushed, or was attacked. Please do not spread rumors. We will know soon what happened,” writes Barclay, who is the spiritual leader at Temple Ner Simcha in West Lake Village.
He later adds that police have conflicting reports of what happened and have interviewed a suspect who was identified on social media as having been at the event.
However, Barclay says, police do not have video of the moments leading up to when Kessler landed on the ground.