December 10, 2023

The district attorney of Ventura County said that his office has not ruled out a hate crime in the case of a pro-Israel protester’s death near Los Angeles, although it doesn’t appear to be a hate crime based on current information. The suspect, Loay Abdelfattah Alnaji, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and battery. The death has gained attention amid Israel’s conflict with Hamas and a reported increase in antisemitism in the United States. The investigation is ongoing to determine if the incident was motivated by antisemitism. The authorities have received statements from 60 witnesses and reviewed 600 pieces of evidence. They are working to uncover the motives behind the assault and are seeking information from potential witnesses. The District Attorney also shared additional information about the victim, Paul Kessler, highlighting his career and personal life. It was emphasized that while Kessler’s support for Israel has received attention, it’s important to remember that a human life was lost in this tragic incident.