On Thursday, November 16, California police announced the arrest of 50-year-old Loay Abdelfattah Alnaji, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jewish man Paul Kessler. Bail has been set at $1,000,000 for the Ventura County Community College professor.
Witnesses claim that Alnaji was using a megaphone to shout directly into faces of pro-Israel protesters before he got into an altercation with Kessler during the protest last Sunday. Following their argument, Kessler fell to the ground due to severe head injuries and died Monday despite medical professionals’ attempts to save him.
Muslim academic Loay Abdelfattah Alnaji was arrested over the death of elderly Jewish man Paul Kessler by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department in California. His bail for involuntary manslaughter is set at $1 million. Read: https://t.co/Dzk4n6lxzd
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The Daily Mail reported last Wednesday that Alnaji was under suspicion for his involvement in Kessler’s death and had his home raided by police. They stated that he is married to Palestinian economics professor Nada Al Hammouri and has two children with her; he came to America after teaching in United Arab Emirates back in the 90s.
On his Facebook page, several posts expressed admiration for Palestinian terrorists who have been trying for years to destroy Israel through any means necessary such as a video from Shahid King Bolsen comparing Hamas fighters to civil rights icons Gandhi and Mandela.
Alnaji wrote online, “O Allah, release the captivity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… Sooner than later……..Oh Allah, don’t deprive us of praying in it before we die…Oh God, give victory to your weak servants in Palestine, and everywhere…O Allah, bind their hearts with the bond of patience and faith..”
Ventura police are still crowdsourcing photos or video from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Westlake & Thousand Oaks Boulevards hoping it will provide more clues about what happened leading up to this incident. A reward of $1,000 is being offered for any information or footage deemed useful throughout this investigation process which Sergeant Robin Yoos said will have additional details released later today, November 17.
Jonathan Oswak, one of the witnesses at the scene described how Alnaji “tried to bait me and I didn’t take the bait” before walking across street and attempting same thing on Mr. Kessler which ultimately led up until this tragic event occurred.