Israeli supporters have gathered tonight to mourn the death of one of their own. The individual was struck and fell to the ground during an altercation with a counter protester.
The sheriff’s department is currently investigating this incident as a homicide. Disturbing footage shows an elderly man lying on the ground with visible signs of blood. The victim has been identified as 69-year-old Paul Cancer, who later succumbed to his injuries. Video evidence obtained from a local gas station reveals that the altercation occurred during a Palestinian rally on Sunday afternoon.
The footage shows Cancer, a Jewish man holding an Israeli flag, standing next to someone with a Palestinian flag. The exact details of what transpired are unclear due to obstructed visibility.
However, investigators state that Cancer fell backward and struck his head. According to witnesses, Cancer was allegedly hit with a megaphone by counter protestors.
He tragically passed away early Monday morning from a blunt force head injury, as confirmed by the medical examiner’s office. The incident has saddened Rabbi Most Freeski, who was in contact with Cancer’s widow. The Jewish community offers support to Cancer’s family during this difficult time. The Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies are treating the death as a homicide.
Jewish leaders emphasize the need for unity and denounce any form of hate or violence, regardless of peoples’ stances on the Middle East conflict. They call upon the larger community of Los Angeles to stand in solidarity and provide support. Meanwhile, a memorial has been set up at the site of the rally to commemorate Cancer’s involvement.
The suspect has been taken in for questioning, but no arrests have been made thus far, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s office..