'Conflicting' accounts complicate investigation into Jewish man's death after dueling California rallies

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A suspect in the confrontation that led to the death of a Jewish man who was injured during dueling Israeli and Palestinian rallies in California called 911 to seek medical help for the victim and has been “cooperative,” officials said Tuesday.

Authorities declined to identify the suspect or classify the incident as a hate crime, saying they are working to piece together what led to the dispute.

Paul Kessler, 69, died Monday, one day after pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian rallies in Thousand Oaks, California, where he got into a “physical altercation” with “counter-protestor(s),” witnesses told the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

Kessler was at the rally supporting Israel, and the suspect was there supporting Palestinians, Sheriff Jim Fryhoff told reporters Tuesday.