A pro-Hamas California college professor has been arrested for killing Jewish man Paul Kessler during a November 5 protest.
As Slay News reported, 69-year-old Kessler was killed after he was struck in the head with a megaphone by 50-year-old Loay Abdelfattah Alnaji.
The impact of the blow knocked Kessler unconscious, causing him to collapse and subsequently strike his head again on the ground.
Astonishingly, the anti-Israel “protesters” continued to chant as Kessler lay dying on the sidewalk.
Witnesses described some of the pro-Hamas protesters as “extremely aggressive” and said they were yelling at police and “trying to incite a reaction or response.”
The anti-Israel protesters could also be heard shouting “Allahu Akbar” in a video shared on X.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department revealed that the death was being investigated as a possible “hate crime.”
Alnaji was taken into custody on Thursday, charged with involuntary manslaughter.
He was incarcerated at Ventura County Jail on $1,000,000 bail, per a Ventura County Sheriff’s Department press release.
“We’re not providing any additional information at this moment in time, however, there will be additional information released later today,” Sgt. Rob Yoos said in a statement on Thursday morning.
Investigators with the department allege that Alnaji caused Kessler, a 69-year-old pro-Israel protester, to knock his head onto the concrete when he fell.
The injury resulted in brain hemorrhaging that would kill him hours later in the hospital.
Police previously obtained a warrant to search Alnaji’s vehicle and home in Moorpark on November 6.
At the time, they detained the then-suspect for about two hours.
However, police said they had insufficient evidence to carry out an arrest until now.
It is unclear what new evidence led to Alnaji’s arrest.
In the weeks preceding his arrest, some witnesses have been taking to social media to allege that the pro-Hamas protester struck Kessler with his megaphone.
An autopsy carried out by Ventura County Medical Examiner Christopher Young showed minor abrasions to the left side of Kessler’s mouth.
This injury was in addition to the brain swelling and bruising that killed him.
The department wrote that they are still crowdsourcing photos and video from 3 and 4 p.m. at the intersections of Westlake and Thousand Oaks Boulevards.
Police are offering a $1,000 reward for any pertinent footage or information.
Alnaji is a full-time professor teaching computer science at Ventura County Community College’s Moorpark campus.
According to his since-removed faculty page and linked YouTube introduction that has since been removed, Alnaji has taught college students since 2003 and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science and a doctorate in business administration.
On his now-deleted Instagram, Alnaji reposted a video in which activist Shahid King Bolsen compares the Hamas terrorist group to civil rights leaders Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi:
“If someone asked me to condemn Hamas I would say, ‘What’s the rush?'” Bolsen said in the video Alnaji shared.
“Let’s let history decide.”
“Let’s wait to see because you might change your mind on this, too – you condemned Mahatma Gandhi until you didn’t,” Bolsen said in the video shared by Alnaji.
In footage capturing the aftermath of the altercation between the two men, Kessler can be seen bleeding on the ground.
Alnaji sits feet away on a curb and can be seen answering a police officer’s questions.
At a press conference on November 7, Ventura County Sheriff James Fryhoff said that the then-unnamed suspect was cooperative.
Later, Alnaji can be seen looking on as Kessler is pulled into a waiting ambulance on a gurney.
Witnesses at the scene have revealed that Alnaji “tried to bait” Kessler before their altercation and was using a megaphone to shout directly into the faces of pro-Israel protesters.
“[Alnaji wanted] to maybe not kill or hurt [Kessler], but to get in his face and get into an altercation,” one witness said.
According to online records, Alnaji’s first appearance at Ventura County Superior Court is scheduled for November 20.