Loay Abdelfattah Alnaji, a pro-Palestinian professor at a California university, was detained on November 5 in connection with the killing of a 69-year-old Jewish man at a protest against pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian activists. The bond for Alnaji’s case is $1,000,000, and he is now being held at the Ventura County Jail on charges of involuntary manslaughter and violence inflicting severe bodily injury. Specific claims are made that Alnaji caused serious physical harm himself.
Insurgents blame Alnaji for the death of pro-Israel activist Paul Kessler, who they say suffered fatal brain hemorrhaging after hitting his head on the concrete floor. On November 6, police detained Alnaji for nearly two hours owing to a lack of evidence after obtaining a warrant to examine his vehicle and Moorpark house. Autopsy results revealed that in addition to fatal brain edema and bruises, Kessler had minor abrasions to the left side of his mouth, as performed by Ventura County Medical Examiner Christopher Young.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s office will hold a press conference to discuss the investigation, and they are still asking the public for photos and videos taken between 3 and 4 p.m. at the intersection of Westlake and Thousand Oaks Boulevards, with a reward of $1,000 for any valuable submissions. Alnaji was born in Kuwait and has been a lecturer at the university level since 2003. He teaches computer science at the Moorpark campus of Ventura County Community College. He possesses bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science and a doctorate in business administration.
According to eyewitnesses, Alnaji was belligerent on the scene, trying to provoke Kessler before their incident and shouting into the faces of pro-Israel protestors with a megaphone. The 20th of November will be his initial appearance in Superior Court in Ventura County.