Palestinian-American teacher brutally attacked by Jewish Defense League outside AIPAC conference

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A 55-year old Palestinian-American instructor at a community college in North Carolina was “brutally beaten” by members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) while walking by the AIPAC conference in Washington DC on Sunday, according to a video and statement released by the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) today. The man was identified as Kamal Nayfeh.

The JDL affiliates “punched and kicked him and hit him in the face with flag poles, leaving him with cuts and bruises all over his face and body,” said the IMEU in the statement. Photos were taken of Nayfeh after the and beatings show his face bloodied and bruised.

The video picks up as the violent encounter is in progress. It is unknown what occurred in the moments before filming began.

After the assault, Nayfeh was treated for injuries at a nearby hospital and police arrested two of the JDL members. “One was charged with a misdemeanor and another with felony assault. They have not been charged with a hate crime,” IMEU said.

Nayfeh’s daughter Danya released a statement on the incident where she questioned why those arrested were not charged with the enhancement of a hate crime:

“When I heard the screams and found out my father was being beaten nearby, I was horrified. I ran to him as quickly as I could. He appeared stunned and his eye looked awful, all swollen and cut up. They beat him after they heard he was Palestinian. He was not threatening at all, it’s perfectly clear that my father was brutalized simply because of who he is.

The police, who were already present, took a long time to make an arrest, despite the fact that my father was assaulted in front of plenty of witnesses. The perpetrators were left to freely walk around for a while before being detained. I had to ask the police to take action. I know they could have done more to keep everyone safe from this group, and I don’t know why this wasn’t treated as a hate crime. Our entire family is shaken by this incident. Communities can’t feel safe and secure when the JDL and other hate groups are emboldened by this new hateful atmosphere we’re living in.”

The JDL was founded in New York in 1968. According to the Southern Poverty Center the group was designated “a right-wing terrorist group” by the FBI in a 2000/2001 report. Its members are responsible for attempted bombings of congressional offices and a mosque, planting a smoke bomb in New York, and a number of assaults including beating the staff of Jewish organizations and a holocaust survivor.

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  1. Kay24
    March 29, 2017, 9:01 pm

    This is what Trump has unleashed. Deplorables and terrorists who have taken his racism as a green light, to openly terrorize and resort to violence. JDL has been named as a terrorist organization, and banned in the US, so why are they so openly operating here? For those who may have forgotten, here are the details of how they became so violent in the US, and murdered Alex Odeh, an Arab activist in California, and how Israel protected the murderers, giving the FBI a very hard time to find the perpetrators.
    I have never seen Arab Americans behave this way in the US. It seems these Jewish terrorist have a sense of entitlement to resort to any kind of criminals behavior here. So why are there no arrests? This kind of behavior reminds me of the terrorists who live in illegal settlements. They are vicious and violent thugs.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Odeh

    • RoHa
      March 29, 2017, 10:05 pm

      Alex Odeh was murdered in 1985. Trump was not President of the US at that time.

      What is your evidence for his alleged racism?

      What is your evidence that “Deplorables and terrorists have taken his racism as a green light to openly terrorize and resort to violence” ?(Grammar and punctuation corrected.)

      • Kay24
        March 30, 2017, 12:03 am

        If you think Trump is not a racist and cannot read the signs, then it is a waste of time trying to explain it to you. . No one claimed Trump was President at the time of Alex Odeh’s brutal murder by the Jewish terrorists, so I don’t know what your issue is.

      • Marnie
        March 30, 2017, 12:24 am

        Kay24 wasn’t linking Mr. Odeh’s murder to tRUMP, but the JDL. FFS RoHa could you do a better job of reading posts? That would dampen down your premature postulation nicely. And unless you’ve been in hypersleep for the last couple of months, you couldn’t miss what’s been happening in the US unless you’re so in love with tRUMP that you’re willing to overlook his many, what would you call them….foibles?

        Hate in America: A list of racism, bigotry, and abuse since the election.
        http://www.slate.com/…/hate_in_america_a_list_of_racism_bigotry_and_abuse_since_the_e

        Keep your tiny hands off my grammar and punctuation.

      • echinococcus
        March 30, 2017, 2:07 am

        RoHa,

        A little update on these here States is in order.
        Evidence is out of fashion, replaced by the word of the Democrat party. The same one that has been waging war against the Palestinian people all these years.

      • echinococcus
        March 30, 2017, 9:52 am

        Kay and Marnie,

        The post very definitely starts with “This is what Trump has unleashed. Deplorables and terrorists who have taken his racism as a green light, to openly terrorize and resort to violence.” Then enters JDL action, with nary a word about the creators, accessories and direct actors of Zionist violence for all these years. Do a better job of writing and reading: not all people wear your color-revolution glasses.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 30, 2017, 10:37 am

        Then enters JDL action, with nary a word about the creators, accessories and direct actors of Zionist violence for all these years.

        i disagree. there’s no need to insert discourse about “creators, accessories and direct actors of Zionist violence for all these years” to make the assertion that Trump’s ascension has unleashed deplorables and terrorists who have taken his racism as a green light, to openly terrorize and resort to violence.

        Do a better job of writing and reading

        echi, you do a better job of it if you want to make a counter argument. i agree open racist attacks have risen in the last few months and i do think it’s a result of certain actors feeling empowered by trump winning the election. and if you (and roha) don’t think he’s racist, from a slew of things like the muslim ban and his comments about the american judge with mexican heritage, you’ve got blinders on. it doesn’t mean there wasn’t racism or Zionist violence before he won the election. and all this can be acknowledged without a sentimental alignment with the democratic party’s “color-revolution” propaganda.

      • gamal
        March 30, 2017, 11:56 am

        “Maybe you can read the signs.”

        Kay amidst the turmoil there is always an Englishman to make us laugh, the UK’s best known “buy-to-let” tycoon, an ex-teacher.

        “Landlord bans ‘coloured’ tenants over ‘curry smells’ ”

        “But Mr Wilson was defiant. He said he “probably must have” sent the email, and that he would send it again to avoid being saddled with the cost of removing curry smells from one of his homes.
        He said: “The problem is the smell gets in the carpets, particularly the bloody carpets. It’s the cost of re-carpeting, which in a decent detached house can be rather expensive.

        “So all your profits for maybe a year or more is now going on new carpets.”

        He added: “If that makes me racist, that makes 99 per cent of people who buy houses racist.
        “How many white people are going to go into a house that smells of curry and are going to buy the house? They are just going to walk away like me and not make an offer.”

        Mr Wilson, who has also banned plumbers from renting his homes after claiming he had been ripped off in the past, said he was happy to rent to “negros” as “they haven’t generated a curry smell at the end of the tenancy”.

        http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/landlord-bans-coloured-tenants-over-curry-smells-1.3028789

      • amigo
        March 30, 2017, 2:30 pm

        “Landlord bans ‘coloured’ tenants over ‘curry smells’ ” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/03/palestinian-american-conference/#comment-176256

        White tenants who eat curry must have a secret ingredient that works on curry dishes and your everyday plate of fish and chips .

        I wonder what this overfed racist walrus (you saw the Irish Times image ? maintains his midriff with.Lashings of Ale , which anyone who has stepped inside a pub will recognise from the stench coming off the carpet.

      • gamal
        March 30, 2017, 5:37 pm

        “I wonder what this overfed racist walrus (you saw the Irish Times image ? maintains his midriff with.Lashings of Ale”

        i think the phrase you are searching for is “who’s eaten all the pies” (English football chant) sometimes my multiness amazes even me.

        i am just back from an Irish country pub right in the sea, the fish is very fresh, as i waited for my dinner i am the only customer she, herself, put on a little music!

        first track

        max romeo “dubbing is a must”

        Tanya Stephens “its a pity”

        Uroy “soul rebel” etc

        the fish came i asked her

        “darling where you get this music?”

        “Sure my grandson in New York sends me cds”

        the sea roared i ate my fish and quietly bopped to this, just when i’d given up on up you white people an old Irish Lady saved my regard for you, white people they are not all insane. also the Irish are the best of them.

        https://youtu.be/bXee5TAPFXw

      • echinococcus
        March 31, 2017, 1:53 am

        Annie,

        “…all this can be acknowledged without a sentimental alignment with the democratic party’s “color-revolution” propaganda”…
        is both specious and wishful thinking. Joining warmongers and racists of the exact same caliber as those one is attacking (at worst), only much more powerful and dangerous, and holding the racist and warmonger faction that one joined immune to attack is not likely to inspire confidence.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 1, 2017, 1:53 pm

        holding the racist and warmonger faction that one joined immune to attack is not likely to inspire confidence.

        ignoring someone’s point/argument and criticizing their argument based on not including the history of zionism and zionist support in the democratic party (of which i have lost all sympathy for btw) is not likely to inspire confidence. why can’t her comment be viewed on face value?

        or do you simply disagree that trumps ascension in the political establishment has not empowered racists in this country? the last thing we need is nationalist freaks like these coming out of the woodwork, in this case members coming down from canada to wreck havoc by physically assaulting civilians. i fail to see what this jdl attack has to do with the dem party (other than a kevin bacon connection). but i do see a pattern of you picking old scabs and finding any way to insert them into any argument or commentary.

      • RoHa
        April 1, 2017, 2:47 am

        Sorry to have taken so long in responding. Things have been a bit hectic round these parts, due to the cyclone and flooding.

        The first question is whether there has been an increase in race-hate crimes or incidents since Trump was elected. Marnie attempted to give evidence for this, but her link failed. Do you have any?

        “i do think it’s a result of certain actors feeling empowered by trump winning the election.”

        If we accept the idea that Trump is perceived as a racist by racists, it seems a reasonable speculation that they may feel empowered. Whether this is the result of the efforts of the media to portray Trump as an evil racist, a result of Trump’s words, or a combination, would be difficult to establish.

        “and if you (and roha) don’t think he’s racist, from a slew of things like the muslim ban and his comments about the american judge with mexican heritage, you’ve got blinders on.”

        As far as I am concerned, racism is bad when it is the unfair treatment of people who belong to a different race because they belong to that race.

        So I simply cannot see the travel ban on the listed countries as racist. Those are countries which the US is attacking. It seems wise to check carefully whether some of the refugees/immigrants are entering the US with specific plans to attack the US from within. A prime duty of the US government is to protect US citizens. (Of course, the best first step for that protection would be to stop attacking those countries.) There is unfairness in that, since the innocent are delayed in an attempt to weed out the guilty, but I do not see it as a matter of race. It is a matter of nationality and ideology.

        (Nor, incidentally, do I see anything racist about an attempt to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the US, or about pointing out that a number of those immigrants commit further crimes when they have entered. I cannot see any unfair treatment there.)

        Kay’s link to Huff Post did include some information that does suggest that Trump is a racist.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 1, 2017, 2:33 pm

        If we accept the idea that Trump is perceived as a racist by racists, it seems a reasonable speculation that they may feel empowered.

        it’s irrelevant whether racists think trump is a racist for them to be empowered by him. what’s relevant is that they think he’s right and therefore they are right and they feel they can act with impunity. and anyone who thinks, if the jdl attack on Nayfeh had been carried out in the same fashion by a group of arab men on an old jewish father walking by with police witnesses, that the police would then allow the the arab attackers to just mosey around unattended, is off their rocker. it’s the result of systematic racism embedded in our society and law enforcement that allows this kind of open racism to exist. clearly it didn’t just spring out of nowhere when trump was elected. my point, is that the actors here, the jdl and others of the same ilk, feel empowered. that’s what i believe.

        So I simply cannot see the travel ban on the listed countries as racist. Those are countries which the US is attacking.

        and the US is attacking those countries because of racist policies to begin with. but either way, the US wasn’t attacking saudi arabia during 9/11, the alleged culprits, nor did they place a travel ban on them after the attack. it’s not the point anyway. there’s an islamophobic industry now active in the US and they’re thrilled by this ban and would love nothing more than governmental oversight to guarantee muslims and arabs are not allowed here. this is real. you thinking the muslim ban is not racist is irrelevant, personally, to me. sorry, that’s just how i feel. it threatens the fabric of our society. bombing societies who have not attacked us and then banning refugees from the bombings is unconscionable.

      • echinococcus
        April 1, 2017, 5:40 pm

        Annie,

        “Old scabs”? There is an ongoing or completed takeover by Dims and establishment Pukes and the whole police state alphabet soup to force a war on Russia and a lot of other places. Even if it were not so, allying oneself with any Dim or Puke warmongers completely cancels any point one’s trying to make. Of course the Donald never meant to do anything serious in the way of moderating the war push and of course some of the racists under the Democrat dictatorship are piping down now because otherly politicized racists are feeling triumphant and talking more. So what –where’s the difference?

        Besides, Kay is a notorious Dim propagandist, so saying “ignoring someone’s point/argument” does not apply in the least.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 1, 2017, 5:57 pm

        dems weren’t even mentioned anywhere in the article or comments til you mentioned them.

        by “old scabs” i meant this: Kay is a notorious Dim

        you like to follow people around and pick up on past arguments for the heck of it, generally skipping the pt of the conversation being had and start hammering. had someone else said (paraphrasing) ‘trump has unleashed the crazies – what is the jdl doing on our streets’ you wouldn’t have gone off on one of your “nary a word about” rants.

        you’re not really a great arbitrator of what “applies in the least” if, in an article about the jdl, kay references the jdl and you go off on some predictable tangent.

    • Jon66
      March 29, 2017, 10:05 pm

      Kay,
      First, there is no justification for attacking someone because of their national origin. These thugs should be jailed.

      But your post has so many errors.
      1. The JDL has not been named in the US as a “terrorist” organization.
      2.The JDL has not been “banned” in the US.
      3.There were 2 arrests.

      • talknic
        March 29, 2017, 11:48 pm

        Jon66 March 29, 2017, 10:05 pm

        “1. The JDL has not been named in the US as a “terrorist” organization”

        individuals photographed at a shooting range in the United States in the late 1980s were later identified as subjects in the 1990 murder of MEIR KAHANE, head of the JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE, a proscribed terrorist group, https://web.archive.org/web/20090311144410/https://www.fbi.gov/congress/congress04/doran061604.htm

        Authorities stated that with the arrests of the three, they had “solved all the significant JDL terrorist acts in the New York area https://www.adl.org/education/resources/profiles/jewish-defense-league

      • Kay24
        March 29, 2017, 11:56 pm

        It is all about connections, and this might clear it up.

        “Kach and Kahane Chai, a banned far-right party in Israel. Today both groups are considered terrorist organisations by Israel,[34] Canada,[35] the European Union[36] and the United States.[37] The groups are believed to have an overlapping core membership of fewer than 100 people.[38][39] The Jewish Defense League in America, founded by Kahane, is also considered terrorist. FBI statistics show that, from 1980 to 1985, 15 terrorist attacks were attempted in the U.S. by JDL members.[40] The FBI’s Mary Doran described the JDL in 2004 Congressional testimony as “a proscribed terrorist group”.[41] The National Consortium for the Study of Terror and Responses to Terrorism states that, during the JDL’s first two decades of activity, it was an “active terrorist organization.”[42][43]

      • Kay24
        March 30, 2017, 12:00 am

        Terrorism and other illegal activities
        In a 2004 congressional testimony, John S. Pistole, Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) described the JDL as “a known violent extremist Jewish organization.”[100] FBI statistics show that, from 1980 through 1985, there were 18 officially classified terrorist attacks in the U.S. committed by Jews; 15 of those by members of the JDL.[30] According to the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs,[101]

        In a 1986 study of domestic terrorism, the Department of Energy concluded: “For more than a decade, the Jewish Defense League (JDL) has been one of the most active terrorist groups in the United States. […] Since 1968, JDL operations have killed 7 persons and wounded at least 22. Thirty-nine percent of the targets were connected with the Soviet Union; 9 percent were Palestinian; 8 percent were Lebanese; 6 percent, Egyptian; 4 percent, French, Iranian, and Iraqi; 1 percent, Polish and German; and 23 percent were not connected with any states. Sixty-two percent of all JDL actions are directed against property; 30 percent against businesses; 4 percent against academics and academic institutions; and 2 percent against religious targets.” (Department of Energy, Terrorism in the United States and the Potential Threat to Nuclear Facilities, R-3351-DOE, January 1986, pp. 11–16)

        In its report, Terrorism 2000/2001, the FBI referred to the JDL as a “violent extremist Jewish organization” and stated that the FBI was responsible for thwarting at least one of its terrorist acts.[102] The National Consortium for the Study of Terror and Responses to Terrorism states that, during the JDL’s first two decades of activity, it was an “active terrorist organization.”[6] The JDL was specifically referenced by the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director Counterterrorism/Counterintelligence, John S. Pistole, in his formal report before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States.

      • Marnie
        March 30, 2017, 12:30 am

        “The JDL has not been “banned” in the US”

        Right, much to the shame of the US, but the JDL is in good company; the KKK and aryan nations haven’t been banned in the US either. Ehh, what’s up with your point “doc”?

        “The JDL was founded in New York in 1968. According to the Southern Poverty Center the group was designated “a right-wing terrorist group” by the FBI in a 2000/2001 report. Its members are responsible for attempted bombings of congressional offices and a mosque, planting a smoke bomb in New York, and a number of assaults including beating the staff of Jewish organizations and a holocaust survivor. ”

        Jewish Defense League (JDL) | Terrorist Groups | TRAC
        https://www.trackingterrorism.org/group/jewish-defense-league-jdl

        Jewish Defense League – Wikipedia
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Defense_League
        “In a 1986 study of domestic terrorism, the Department of Energy concluded: “For more than a decade, the Jewish Defense League (JDL) has been one of the most active terrorist groups in the United States. […] Since 1968, JDL operations have killed 7 persons and wounded at least 22. Thirty-nine percent of the targets were connected with the Soviet Union; 9 percent were Palestinian; 8 percent were Lebanese; 6 percent, Egyptian; 4 percent, French, Iranian, and Iraqi; 1 percent, Polish and German; and 23 percent were not connected with any states. Sixty-two percent of all JDL actions are directed against property; 30 percent against businesses; 4 percent against academics and academic institutions; and 2 percent against religious targets.” (Department of Energy, Terrorism in the United States and the Potential Threat to Nuclear Facilities, R-3351-DOE, January 1986, pp. 11–16)”

        Has the Jewish Defense League been designated as a terrorist group …
        politics.stackexchange.com/…/has-the-jewish-defense-league-been-designated-as-a-ter…
        Jul 16, 2014 – JDL is considered by the FBI as a terrorist group. With as a reference … The FBI has classified it as a right-wing terrorist organization.

      • Kay24
        March 30, 2017, 12:54 am

        So who lied to you and told you the JDL was not banned? Not only did the US ban the evil JDL, but ISRAEL supposedly did too. You learn something new every day.

        “An extreme right-wing Jewish group in France is recruiting Jews with military experience for a solidarity mission to Israel in order to help “defend” Jewish settlements in the West Bank from Palestinian protesters who are expected to march toward some of them on or around September 20.

        The organization that put out the call for militant Jews is the French branch of the Jewish Defense League, or Kach, an organization established by Meir Kahane in the late 1960s and banned in the United States and Israel, but tolerated in France.
        read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/french-jdl-recruiting-jews-with-military-experience-to-defend-israeli-settlements-1.383822

      • inbound39
        March 30, 2017, 8:48 am

        Jon66…..I suggest you read thoroughly the page of information at the below link. Meir Kahane founded the JDL. It is linked to the Kahanists in Israel who make up many of the settlers in the illegal settlements………https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Defense_League

      • Marnie
        March 30, 2017, 9:01 am

        “So who lied to you and told you the JDL was not banned? Not only did the US ban the evil JDL, but ISRAEL supposedly did too.”

        Kay24 –
        Hi – I couldn’t find where JDL had been banned in the US but ‘israel’ did (though it’s impossible to tell). If the u.s. could ban the JDL, they sure could ban the KKK.

      • Jon66
        March 30, 2017, 4:39 pm

        I am not defending the JDL or any other hate group. I am happy to see them disappear. I don’t deny that they have committed terrorist acts. I just don’t see them listed on any official current terrorist list in the US. They have never been banned in the US.

        But since we using official US terrorist lists as a metric, these organizations are all labeled by the US govt as terrorist organizations:
        Hamas
        Hezbollah
        Kach
        Palestine Liberation Front
        Palestinian Islamic Jihad
        Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
        PFLP-GC
        Al-Aqua Martyrs Brigade

      • amigo
        March 30, 2017, 5:17 pm

        “I don’t deny that they have committed terrorist acts. I just don’t see them listed on any official current terrorist list in the US. They have never been banned in the US. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/03/palestinian-american-conference/#comment-176256“Jon 66

        Zionist money owns the Congress.

        A Zionist terror group is taken off the list and several Palestinian groups are on it.

        Gee , I wonder why.

      • Kay24
        March 30, 2017, 10:13 pm

        Jon your list of banned “terror” groups are not operating openly, like the JDL does in the US . so your point is moot here. As for Hamas it is debatable whether they are a “terror” group or not, they are defending their people from the bigger terror threat, that comes from years of occupation, and mowing the lawn. I don’t like their tactics, but they would not be operating the way they do if not for the occupation.

      • Jon66
        March 31, 2017, 12:25 am

        Kay,
        Of course they are not operating openly here. They are terrorIst organizations that are officially listed by our government as terrorist organizations. My point is that the same US govt you use as a reference to label the JDL as committing terror, labels these organizations as terrorist organizations.

      • Mooser
        April 1, 2017, 2:32 pm

        “Of course they are not operating openly here.”

        Oh, please. You don’t call a brutal beating, in front of witnesses, “operating openly”?

        Seems pretty goddam open to me. And of course, JDL sources will pay for their legal defense. If they haven’t already.

    • oldgeezer
      March 29, 2017, 10:42 pm

      @Kay

      You are correct that the jdl was listed as a (right wing) terrorist group.

      The interesting question is who took it off the list and why.

      The individual representing the jdl in an interview is a canadian right wing extremist who is/was head of the jdl Canada and now claims to be head of the jdl North America.

      He has a bit of a checkered history but when in trouble claims he is acting on his own and not as a member of jdl. Hells Angels play that game too amongst other organizations. I don’t recall any criminal convictions against him but it has been a few years since I came across him

      • Elizabeth Block
        March 30, 2017, 9:32 am

        Meir Weinstein is the Canadian. When someone reminded him that the JDL is listed by the FBI as a terrorist organization, he replied that it’s not so designated in Canada – “yet.”

        And someone – can’t remember who, Max Blumenthal? Miko Peled? saw a man on a kibbutz, a member of the JDL, who was wanted in the US for murder. He was living there under the name of the FBI agent in charge of the case! He is now in prison in the US.

      • Kay24
        March 30, 2017, 11:17 am

        We can only guess why it was taken off the list. The zionists have mysterious ways of twisting a few arms (aided by AIPAC) and hey presto!

    • Misterioso
      March 30, 2017, 10:55 am

      https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17352573_1776478885710887_4736754980043784049_n.jpg?oh=4b92392a0ebf622526963e7603d2979d&oe=59267F52

      Photo of Meir Weinstein, leader of Canada’s JDL, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the neo-Nazi Soldiers of Odin.

    • Kay24
      March 30, 2017, 11:20 am

      Marnie, this is where I read about the US banning the JDL, from a Haaretz article about the JDL operating in France.

      “The organization that put out the call for militant Jews is the French branch of the Jewish Defense League, or Kach, an organization established by Meir Kahane in the late 1960s and banned in the United States and Israel, but tolerated in France. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/03/palestinian-american-conference/#comment-874976

      • Marnie
        March 31, 2017, 12:24 am

        Thanks Kay24 –

    • RoHa
      April 1, 2017, 2:24 am

      Kay, you start your post by blaming Trump for an action of the JDL.

      I was pointing out that the JDL was in action long before Trump became President, so they did not need a “green light”.

      Your Huffington Post link is helpful. It does suggest a fair streak of racism in Trump.

      As for the alleged “green light”, see my response to Annie.

      • Kay24
        April 1, 2017, 12:43 pm

        Roha, I was speaking in general that Trump has unleashed hate crimes. As for the JDL, of course, they are of a different caliber, and come with a much more forceful agenda. Their behavior is despicable and it is a shame they are tolerated so much here.
        I did read somewhere that the JDL has become bolder since Trump office.

        Donald Trump blamed for massive spike in Islamophobic hate crime
        Hate groups nearly tripled from 34 to 101 in 2016, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, who say the president’s ‘incendiary rhetoric’ is to blame.
        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-blame-islamophobic-anti-muslim-ban-hate-crime-numbers-southern-poverty-law-center-a7582846.html

      • RoHa
        April 5, 2017, 2:32 am

        I see a lot of the figures come from the Southern Poverty Law Center. From what I have heard, that organization has morphed in to a witch-hunting group that would class a chess club as a hate group for following the “white goes first” rule.

        But even if that is not so, and the SPLC figures are accurate, I note that the growth occurred in a time in which non-Trump presidents and politicians were all loudly denouncing ISIS, in which Muslim refugees were arousing the antagonism of Europeans, and terrorist attacks were being attributed to Muslims. It seems likely that these factors were at least partially responsible for the increase.

      • Mooser
        April 5, 2017, 7:57 pm

        Here you go, “RoHa” This article describes what I’ve seen here in the US.

      • Boomer
        April 6, 2017, 10:12 am

        re blaming “the long, lucrative right wing grift” on “a white, reasonably comfortable, male retiree.”

        Hey, Mooser, cut it out! As Curly would say, “I resemble that remark”

        http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=I%20Resemble%20That%20Remark%20

        (but thanks for the link)

    • RoHa
      April 1, 2017, 2:27 am

      Marnie, your link does not work. Can you find another way to direct me to that information.

      “And unless you’ve been in hypersleep for the last couple of months, you couldn’t miss what’s been happening in the US ”

      I’m sure you can give me a good summary of what has been happening in Australia during the last couple of months.

      • Marnie
        April 2, 2017, 1:05 am

        No, I don’t know what’s happening in Australia–except to say I prefer MKR Australia to MKR New Zealand. You’ve made many remarks about tRUMP that imho show either ignorance or just willful disregard of what a racist, misogynist piece of shit he is. So I direct you to a few links easily found on Google (Slate link does work, but in case it still doesn’t for you, I copied it; it is a work in progress)

        Hate crimes since the election: Here’s who’s been targeted since …
        https://www.aol.com/article/news/…/hate-crimes-since…election…since/21712876

        Donald Trump Supporter Charged With Hate Crimes Against Muslim …
        http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-supporter-charged-hate-crimes-against-muslim-ai

        Donald Trump Hate And Violence Map – America’s Voice
        americasvoice.org/trumphatemap/

        Hate in America: A list of racism, bigotry, and abuse since the election.
        http://www.slate.com/…/hate_in_america_a_list_of_racism_bigotry_and_abuse_since_the_e
        An updating list.
        By Slate Staff

        “Since the election of President Donald Trump, news outlets and social media accounts have swelled with reports of swastikas at schools, racist taunts, and other hate-fueled attacks and acts of intimidation. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has aggregated media reports and gathered submissions from its website, catalogued 1064 such incidents, 13 of which were later debunked as false reports, in the first month after Trump won the presidency. (Twenty-six of those incidents were perpetrated against Trump supporters.) The SPLC has presented that data in aggregate, creating an invaluable record of the scope of post-election hate crimes.

        Slate’s goal, in the curated feed below, is to present individual incidents of racism, misogyny, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, anti-Semitism, and anti-immigrant sentiment as we see them reported. We will update this feed frequently, and though our list is not comprehensive, we aim to make it as complete as possible.

      • Marnie
        April 2, 2017, 1:17 pm

        And just today –

        A judge rules Trump may have incited violence … and Trump again …
        https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/a-judge-rules-trump-may-have-incited-violence-and…
        3 hours ago – The courts keep taking Donald Trump both seriously and literally. And the president’s word choices are proving to be a real headache.

        The courts keep taking Donald Trump both seriously and literally. And the president’s word choices are proving to be a real headache.

        A federal judge in Kentucky is the latest to take Trump at his word when he says something controversial. Judge David J. Hale ruled against efforts by Trump’s attorneys to throw out a lawsuit accusing him of inciting violence against protesters at a March 2016 campaign rally in Louisville.

        At the rally, Trump repeatedly said “get ’em out of here” before, according to the protesters, they were shoved and punched by his supporters. Trump’s attorneys sought to have the case dismissed on free speech grounds, arguing that he didn’t intend for his supporters to use force. But Hale noted that speech inciting violence is not protected by the First Amendment and ruled that there is plenty of evidence that the protesters’ injuries were a “direct and proximate result” of Trump’s words.

        “It is plausible that Trump’s direction to ‘get ’em out of here’ advocated the use of force,” Hale wrote. “It was an order, an instruction, a command.”

        On March 1, 2016, then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was heard shouting, “out, out,” as Trump supporters and protesters clashed at his rally in Louisville, the day after his Super Tuesday victories. (Reuters)

        It’s merely the latest example of Trump’s team arguing that his controversial words shouldn’t be taken literally. But though that argument may have held water politically during the 2016 campaign, it has since repeatedly hurt Trump’s cause when his words have been at issue in legal proceedings.

        Just last week, a federal judge in Hawaii rejected an argument from Trump’s attorneys asking that his travel ban executive order be evaluated without considering Trump’s and his team’s past comments about the motive behind the ban and whether it targets Muslims.

        Trump’s campaign in 2015 proposed a blanket ban on all Muslim immigration to the United States — the news release remains on his campaign website — and the courts ruled that this rhetoric was relevant when it halted his first travel ban, despite Trump’s team arguing that it wasn’t a Muslim ban. In striking down the first travel ban, the courts cited Rudolph W. Giuliani’s comments that suggested Trump sought to make his Muslim ban idea legally practical.

        “So when first announced it, he said, ‘Muslim ban,'” Giuliani said. “He called me up. He said, ‘Put a commission together. Show me the right way to do it legally.’”

        When Trump and his team issued a revised travel ban a few weeks ago, the courts again halted it and again cited that past rhetoric.

      • RoHa
        April 5, 2017, 2:19 am

        I think the judge is reaching to interpret “get them out” as implying “beat them up and get them out”. And I have known people get thrown out of political meetings (left and right wing), and sometimes get beaten up first, without Trump urging it.

        (And I cannot help seeing some irony in you calling Trump a “misogynist” while at the same time condemning him for restricting immigrants whose culture is far more oppressive of women than Trump can ever be.)

      • Mooser
        April 5, 2017, 1:06 pm

        “(And I cannot help seeing some irony in you calling Trump a “misogynist” while at the same time condemning him for restricting immigrants whose culture is far more oppressive of women than Trump can ever be.”

        That’s right “RoHa”, people who want to get away from “a culture is far more oppressive of women than Trump can ever be.” and come to the US should be punished for it by being made to stay there in the oppression. Makes a lot of sense

        Or is the cultural magic of misogyny so potent that the US will become just like them, instead of the immigrants learning different standards?

      • RoHa
        April 6, 2017, 1:16 am

        I will add that I am not surprised that there has been an upsurge in “white nationalism” The continual emphasis on divisive identity politics, encouraging people to seek the good of their tribe, with no concern for the good of all, the common good, was bound to lead to that.

        (I know I am lagging behind, Our connections to the external world (for those who believe there is such a thing)have been disrupted by the recent cyclone and floods, so the Internet is unreliable here at the moment.)

      • RoHa
        April 6, 2017, 1:22 am

        If it were just the women and girls who moved to the US, then it would make sense. But if the men come then the oppression will simply be transferred.

        “Or is the cultural magic of misogyny so potent that the US will become just like them, instead of the immigrants learning different standards?”

        The reality is that many of the immigrants seem very reluctant to learn different standards, and persist in following the customs of the country of origin.

      • gamal
        April 6, 2017, 5:45 am

        “and persist in following the customs of the country of origin”

        And when not oppressing women they have the temerity to irritate you, rest assured some cherished institutions will remain secure

        https://youtu.be/_Qz-fR4GhhY

      • Keith
        April 6, 2017, 11:09 am

        ROHA- “The continual emphasis on divisive identity politics, encouraging people to seek the good of their tribe, with no concern for the good of all, the common good, was bound to lead to that.”

        I agree, however, the much more serious consequence of this “liberal” emphasis on identity politics is to divert attention away from the extremely serious problems of neoliberal globalization and ongoing US nuclear development. Instead, Democrats get up in arms over transgendered bathrooms while ignoring Democrat support for odious “trade” agreements.

      • Mooser
        April 6, 2017, 5:17 pm

        “The reality is that many of the immigrants seem very reluctant to learn different standards, and persist in following the customs of the country of origin.”

        Stay off my outback!

      • RoHa
        April 6, 2017, 11:41 pm

        “the much more serious consequence of this “liberal” emphasis on identity politics is to divert attention away …”

        I thought it was a pretty obvious “divide and rule” ploy.

      • RoHa
        April 6, 2017, 11:42 pm

        Sorry, Mooser, I don’t understand what that is supposed to mean.

      • RoHa
        April 6, 2017, 11:44 pm

        Interesting video, gamal, but it has not persuaded me that extending the oppression of women is a good idea.

      • Mooser
        April 7, 2017, 12:52 pm

        “Sorry, Mooser, I don’t understand what that is supposed to mean.”

        Yes, I wrote it wrong. I should have written “Get off my outback!”, which is a more resonant malaprop.

  2. just
    March 29, 2017, 10:03 pm

    Reposting this here:

    … “Kamal Nayfeh, a father of four and an instructor at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, was reportedly visiting his daughter Danya, a student at Georgetown University in Washington at the time.

    He was punched and kicked and clobbered with flag poles, leaving him with cuts and bruises all over his face and body. He was taken to George Washington University Hospital and treated for his injuries. He had to have 18 stitches around his eye.

    His daughter Danya, who can be heard screaming in the video “that’s my dad!”, recalled the attack in a statement provided to the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU):

    When I heard the screams and found out my father was being beaten nearby, I was horrified. I ran to him as quickly as I could. He appeared stunned and his eye looked awful, all swollen and cut up. They beat him after they heard he was Palestinian. He was not threatening at all, it’s perfectly clear that my father was brutalized simply because of who he is.

    Two of the JDL members who attacked Nayfeh were eventually arrested by the police and released, according to the IMUE. One was charged with a misdemeanor and another with felony assault.

    Speaking via phone with +972 Magazine, Danya Nayfeh said she had to repeatedly plead with police to arrest her father’s attackers, screaming “who did this?” and that officers threatened to arrest her instead for if she didn’t stop demanding they take action against the JDL men. She said the first people to pull JDL guys off her dad were other protesters, she assumes from IfNotNow.” …

    – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/recent-comments/#sthash.4mvXLHRm.dpuf

  3. JosephA
    March 29, 2017, 11:11 pm

    What a terrible mob beating. I hope the perpetrators are put in jail.

  4. Kay24
    March 30, 2017, 7:54 am

    They keep adding insult to injury. The king of evil announces more illegal settlements, after all he did promise his subjects they will get even more homes to live as squatters. . Keep in mind they have illegally built over 2500 already in the WB. Land thieves and murderers.

    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Thursday that the security cabinet will approve the establishment of a new settlement in the West Bank for the evacuees of Amona.
    “I have promised in the first place that we would establish a new settlement,” Netanyahu said at the start of his meeting with Slovakia President Andrej Kiska. “I think I made the first commitment in December, and we will hold it today. [In] a few more hours… you will have all the details.”
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.780438

    • inbound39
      March 30, 2017, 8:55 am

      Makes me absolutely sick when American Politicians say they share these values with Israel…..Kahanists? America will severely regret tying up alongside Israel….the damage to Americas standing globally over the past ten years has been huge. The fact America supports Israel defies sane logic and bewilders most sane thinking people. What the hell is the matter with American Politicians?

  5. Ronald Johnson
    March 30, 2017, 9:22 am

    Let me go off on the tangential question of the authority of the Southern Poverty Law Center for being a reference about “hate”. They and the Anti-Defamation League appear to be maintaining matrices of “Hate Groups” while affected by a subjective left-oriented point of view. They appear to me to be defaming persons holding honest political views, or expressing opposition to Zionism, the political kind.

    I would like to find a non-biased reference for “hate groups”, but alas, all is in the eye of the beholder. Better to dispute ideas than to do name-calling.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center is not without controversy. They have accumulated an endowment of about $320 million while spending about $40 million per year. The Red Cross and The Boy Scouts, for example, are typical in having endowments that are about equal to a year’s expenditures. Wikipedia has a report of the SPLC:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Poverty_Law_Center

    • JosephA
      March 30, 2017, 10:07 am

      Ronald,

      The Southern Povery Law Center is well-respected as an institution. Their authority comes from their mission and standing. When they say that Pamela Geller and the Jewish Defense League are hate groups, they are 110% correct.

      Clearly this beating of an older Palestinian man by a JDL mob was a hate crime.

      Sincerely,
      JJ

    • Annie Robbins
      March 30, 2017, 11:16 am

      They have accumulated an endowment of about $320 million while spending about $40 million per year.

      your source, wiki, listed their revenue for 1 yr (2012) as $40,418,368. from this data it appears they spent the same amount on their yearly spending as they brought in. endowments are different: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_endowment

      A financial endowment is a donation of money or property to a nonprofit organization for the ongoing support of that organization. Usually the endowment is structured so that the principal amount is kept intact while the investment income is available for use, or part of the principal is released each year, which allows for their donation to have an impact over a longer period than if it were spent all at once. An endowment may come with stipulations regarding its usage.

      nothing in the least askew about an organizations endowment fund staying intact.

      you mention the red cross. http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m56240343_2015_TheAmericanNationalRedCross_CFS.PDF

      since 1910 their endowment fund, gifts “from a will, trust or similar instrument” that did not direct their use of the funds are “permanently restricted to be kept and invested in perpetuity”.

    • Elizabeth Block
      March 30, 2017, 5:06 pm

      “All is in the eye of the beholder”? I’m reminded of what (I think) Edmund Burke said, that while no one can pinpoint the exact time, during twilight, when day ends and night begins, everyone can tell light from darkness.

      And a correction: It was Chris Hedges who spotted Robert Manning, in 1989, in Kiryat Arba – that’s the big settlement in Hebron – carrying a pistol, a knife, and an M16. He was part of the Committee for Protection and Safety of the Highways, that set up ad hoc roadblocks, pulled Palestinians from cars, beat them and often shot them. He was wanted in California for murder, a mail-bomb killing by the JDL. He was living under the name of the FBI agent in charge of the case. After Hedges published an article about him (the Israeli government said they hadn’t known where he was), he was extradited. He is now doing life in Florence, Colorado.

      — “Israel’s Toy Soldiers,” from The World As It Is, pages 164-77

      • Kate
        March 30, 2017, 8:35 pm

        “Ex-JDL Activist Found Guilty in Bombing Death
        October 15, 1993|ERIC MALNIC | LA TIMES STAFF WRITER

        A former Jewish Defense League activist extradited from Israel in July was convicted here Thursday of complicity in the 1980 bomb death of a secretary at a Manhattan Beach computer company.

        A federal jury deliberated for less than three hours before finding Robert Manning, 41, guilty of mailing the explosive device that killed 32-year-old Patricia Wilkerson.

        Manning’s wife, Rochelle, 53, who is fighting extradition from Israel, and Westside real estate broker William Ross, 57, who is a fugitive, still face charges in connection with Wilkerson’s death.

        Robert Manning has also been named by federal officials as the prime suspect in the 1985 bombing death in Santa Ana of Alex Odeh, head of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee’s western office, although Manning has not been charged in the case.”

        NOTE that no one has ever been arrested for Alex Odeh’s murder.

    • Susie Kneedler
      March 30, 2017, 9:25 pm

      Ken Silverstein’s 2000 expose of Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center quotes two of Dees’s former partners:
      http://harpers.org/archive/2000/11/the-church-of-morris-dees/, reprinted here: http://www.americanpatrol.com/SPLC/ChurchofMorrisDees001100.html

      Ten years later, Silverstein wonders again about Dees, SPLC, and money: http://harpers.org/blog/2010/04/morris-dees-a-life-fighting-poverty/

      Meanwhile, in 2009 Phil Weiss points out the anti-Palestinian bias of Dees’s endorsement of Ken Stern’s “Antisemitism Today”:
      http://mondoweiss.net/2009/04/american-jewish-committee-and-southern-poverty-law-center-endorse-antiarab-image/
      (I remember the many Comments as brilliant, too.)

  6. Ronald Johnson
    March 30, 2017, 1:10 pm

    I stand corrected on the financials. I took the net assets to be the endowment. Their form 990 is out for 2015; https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/990_103116.pdf

    In 2015 they took in $50 million, spent $40 million, reached $328 million in assets. Then the Endowment appears to be somewhat less than their assets, with an increase line item that appears to reflect the $10 million of income in excess of expense for the year. The salaries are listed – looks like a law firm. I can’t tell from reading the 990 what restrictions apply to the Endowment funds.

  7. Ronald Johnson
    March 30, 2017, 2:20 pm

    I would not demean the attackers by first characterizing them as “haters”. They could be inspired by the old-school Zionists in the tradition of the Founding Fathers, Begin, Sharon, Jabotinsky, Dayan, Stern, Kollek – following the plan of intimidating and terrorizing Palestinians to keep them disorganized and submissive. Some terrorists get to become statesmen, others: not so lucky.

    • Annie Robbins
      April 3, 2017, 10:35 pm

      ronald, no one used the term you’re quoting so i am not sure who, if anyone, you are quoting. do you mean you would not demean them by calling this is hate crime?

      a plan of intimidation and terrorizing of any ethnic group “to keep them disorganized and submissive” or for any other reason is a hate crime. regardless if it’s carried out by “old-school Zionists”. why are you concerned with not demeaning the attackers?

      • Mooser
        April 4, 2017, 12:11 pm

        . “why are you concerned with not demeaning the attackers?”

        Perhaps Ronald feels that the attackers were defending values important to him, in a way he feels is appropriate and necessary?

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