US authorities are calling for caution following a series of apparent hate crimes in the country. This comes amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Islamic group Hamas.
In Thousand Oaks, a city on the outskirts of Los Angeles, a 69-year-old Jewish American man fell down and hit his head on the ground, while he was taking part in a pro-Israel demonstration on Sunday. He was rushed to a hospital, but he died the following day.
Local authorities say there was a pro-Palestinian demonstration going on nearby. Some witnesses say the man was involved in an argument before he fell.
The authorities have not ruled out the possibility that he was the victim of a hate crime. They are investigating the incident.
Last week, an Arab Muslim student at Stanford University was injured in a hit-and-run incident on campus. Local authorities are investigating the matter as a suspected hate crime.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security say that there has been an increase in the number and frequency of threats to Americans, especially in the Jewish, Arab American, and Muslim communities in the United States.