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Canadian JDL member charged in D.C. beating of Palestinian-American

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Kamal Nayfeh, after assault. INSTITUTE MIDDLE EAST UNDERSTANDING PHOTO

A Canadian member of the Jewish Defence League was arrested in Washington, D.C., March 26 in connection with the brutal beating of a Palestinian-American man.

Yosef Steynovitz, 32, of Thornhill, Ont., was charged with assault with significant bodily injury, which is a felony, in connection with the beating of Kamal Nayfeh, a 55-year old Palestinian-American instructor at a community college in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Nayfeh was reportedly walking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference taking place in the U.S. capital when the attack happened.

Also charged was Rami Lubranicki, 59, of Howell, N.J., who faces a charge of simple assault, which is a misdemeanor.

Both men appeared March 27 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. They were released on their personal recognizance with orders to stay away from the victim and from the convention centre where the conference was taking place.

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Steynovitz is due back in court in Washington on April 17, Bill Miller, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, told The CJN.

In both instances, “suspected hate crime” based on “anti-Arab” bias was added as “other felony involved,” JTA reported. Hate crimes, if added to a conviction, automatically increase penalties.

Online videos show several members of the JDL, with “Never Again” printed on their backs and holding their distinctive yellow flags, swarming Nayfeh, then kicking him while he’s on the ground and beating him with a flagpole flying the U.S. flag before police intervened.

According to charging documents from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, obtained by The CJN, Steynovitz “was observed [in the video] knocking the complainant to the ground and striking the complainant while the complainant was on the ground.”

Citing a police report, JTA reported that Nayfeh said he got into a “verbal altercation” with Steynovitz, who then punched Nayfeh “about the face area.” Nayfeh fell to the ground, according to the report, and Lubranicki kicked him in his side and hit him in the right eye with a wooden pole.

The Washington Jewish Week reported that Nayfeh said he went to the protest to make sure his daughter was safe. His daughter Danya, a law student, can be heard screaming, “That’s my dad!” in the video.

Photos taken of Nayfeh after the beating that were posted online show his face bloodied and bruised. He was taken to hospital, where he received eight stitches around his eye, 972Mag reported.

Meir Weinstein, leader of the JDL in Canada, told The CJN that Steynovitz returned to Canada after his release. Efforts to reach Steynovitz were unsuccessful.

One of the videos show Weinstein near the scene of the beating, holding a JDL flag and being shoved back by a police officer.

“I witnessed part” of the attack, Weinstein said. “I wouldn’t say all.”

He said he arrived later and did not see how the incident started.

In a March 30 video posted to Facebook, Weinstein said “anti-Israel gangs calling for death to Israel” at the conference centre engaged members of the JDL, who were “assaulted.”

He said the JDL came to the conference “with the best of intentions, not looking for any violence. But we’re not going to allow ourselves to be assaulted.

“I don’t like violence.”

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Weinstein alleged that videos of this and other incidents at the AIPAC conference were “selective” and “spliced.” JDL members “stood their ground and defended themselves.

“We’re going to be releasing a lot more information to put everything into context,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • My Name Here

    The Jewish community needs to ostracize these JDL thugs. They bring nothing but shame and disgrace.

    • TerrorIsEvil

      Let’s say you were confronted and attacked by an angry mob out to smash you because you were Jewish or any other identifiable group, race, religion, sex, etc. – what would you do?

      • Yankel

        Let’s say you’re lying on the ground and some thug starts smashing a flagpole on your head.

        • TerrorIsEvil

          And let’s say I was out to battle Jews and to spew hate at Jews according to my religious books!

          • neincautusfuturi

            People like you give Jews a bad name.

          • TerrorIsEvil

            People like you are just plain bad for everyone.

          • TerrorIsEvil

            So you hold every Jew responsible for a street brawl between an “Palestinian-American” and some people he was taunting and got in the way? There is a name for that…and it starts with an “a.” I hope he recovers, I wish him the best, and, by the way, that lessons are learned on both sides. Maybe when people have the right to protest that you not get in their way, let them have their say (speech is free for all, not just for terrorists) and let police handle it if the protest(s) get rowdy, destructive of property or begin to harm others. These days the left get to destroy property, threaten lives and throw their garbage around for everyone else to pick up on campuses and in the community after they go home to check their smart phones for how much damage and bloodshed they have caused.

          • Yankel

            It’s only a “brawl” if both sides were brawling. 6 guys beating up an old man is not a “brawl”, it’s aggravated assult.

          • TerrorIsEvil

            Maybe this particular “Palestinian-American” does not have shit that smells of roses.to noses other than yours. Maybe he pissed them off very badly. It is not as if Muslims have a natural liking for Jews nor a good reputation for treating Jews with humanity and respect…in fact, they kill Jews with reckless abandon and without any reason at all mainly in Israel but they also send their thugs and terrorists to other parts of the world to carry out terror missions against Jews – have you heard of the Embassy in Buenos Aires attack which killed 29 and wounded 242 in March 1992?

          • Yankel

            I don’t think Terror is Jewish. He’s probably some neo-Nazi trying to make Jews look bad.

          • TerrorIsEvil

            You should know about making Jews look bad: You work to make them vulnerable, unable to defend themselves against attacks (propaganda and physical) and want them to be targets of Islamists until they fall into line with your politics. You are a leftist who thinks that Jews should never defend themselves and would rather have them eternally weak and subject to antisemitism.

    • TerrorIsEvil

      When have you ever come out to ostracize the terrorists who target Jews?

    • shloime

      the “voice of the ghetto” speaks. against the joo, of course.

  • shlomo

    He doesn’t like violence but leads an organization that is listed as an violent extremist group in both the U.S. and Israel.

    • TerrorIsEvil

      Most of the people there were probably Hamas, Hezbollah, Muslim Brotherhood or even ISIS terrorists slipping in and out of costume and slipping in and out of America. When they come for you, let’s see how smart and non-defensive you will comport yourself. Sometimes running away is not an option because there are fewer and fewer places to run to these days.

      • Davey Wavey

        The most troubling part of your comment here is that you think it is both clever and revealing. Nobody attacked JDL; rather, JDL attacked this guy and they did so because they are brave and tough and handle one old guy with only, what>, six or seven JDL. Similar to the bravery of the “most moral army in the world” which killed 531 children in August 2014 because of their ethnicity. Twenty of these admittedly tough guys can easily handle a family of four. JDL is a true terrorist outfit because it is outside of official sanction from anyone, including Israel.

        • TerrorIsEvil

          Were you there? How do you know so much? I suggest that with your astute inside knowledge of how the fellow got a black eye that you go to the police.

          • Yankel

            Have you seen the video?

      • Yankel

        Absolute nonsense. It was a Jewish demonstration that the JDL was trying to bully because they think they’re the thought police of the Jewish community and when the real object of their hatred, a Palestinian, wandered on to the scene they couldn’t contain their hatred and beat him to a pulp.

        • TerrorIsEvil

          Go tell that to Black Lives Matter and any number of Islamic and leftist groups affiliated with terror organizations out to riot and harm innocent individuals in the name of their causes.

      • neincautusfuturi

        You didn’t even read the article. The guy those thugs beat up was a teacher, not a terrorist. He was there to protect his daughter, a law student, for God’s sake. The fact that you are defending these animals and smearing their victims speaks worlds about who you are.

        • TerrorIsEvil

          Sometimes you are just at the wrong place at the wrong time – doing and saying the wrong things to the wrong people. When it happens repeatedly, often a fight breaks out.

          • Yankel

            This is taking responsibility? No, the JDL has a bunch of thugs suffering from roid rage and lacking any self-control. Beating someone to a pulp because they’re Palestinian and object to some idiot claimiung there is no such thing as Palestinians is thuggery and Steynovitz is going to be in a US prison for a long time becuase of it.

          • TerrorIsEvil

            Well the same thing could be said of “Palestinians” a billion times more. The fact that you do not say it (a billion times) shows that you are a hater who wants Jews to be defenseless and weak and subject to Muslim terrorism.

          • Jeff

            wow your PR campaign is in overdrive on this one, do you get paid by the word or letter? no doubt you would be defending the JDL if they had actually killed this guy

          • TerrorIsEvil

            They did not kill anyone nor do they want violence – they are all about self-defense and when they make arrangements with police for their protests against the hate we see all around us and in this forum, they do so to make sure violence does not occur. Maybe because it was in the US they had different ways of managing protests and did not keep the dangerous people, filled with anger, away and the two sides safely apart. Nobody pays me for anything. Period. I am tired of you moon-bat Alinskyites owning these CJN pages. If you want to see the killing taking place as a result of terrorism, just open the newspaper or web news to any page and do a search for “radical Islam,” and you will get lots of hits.

          • Jeff

            owning these pages…if anything you are a regular columnist! you do find ways of justifying anything which does not fit your narrow right wing view. there are no different ways of managing protests, this appears to be a violent attack where charges were laid

        • TerrorIsEvil

          He was protecting his daughter? What was she doing there, enjoying the fine weather? Nobody is innocent here. It was a fight. There were two sides and it takes two sides to tango. Do you shed such big crocodile tears when Islamists mass murder people throughout the world, evicting Christians by the thousands and making life miserable for everyone? What about the fact that “Palestinian” terrorists will not give their own people a chance for peace?

  • Waffle

    CJN,, please try to get your facts straight. The American JDL was branded as an extremist group years ago — ancient history. JDL-Canada has NOT been labelled as such In fact, JDL-Canada works closely with the various police forces across Canada and enjoys a good relationship with them.

    • My Name Here

      Same group, Weinstein is an acolyte of both Meir Kahane and Irv Rubin and refuses to repudiate them and now two of his followers have been charged with hate crimes. Your nonsense line that the Canadian JDL is different won’t fly anymore.

      • TerrorIsEvil

        Go ahead, big guy, repudiate and stop ALL the Islamic conquest and stop ALL the right-wing Jew haters too (who are much fewer) and then I will ask (no, I will insist) that MeirW stops protesting antismeitism in all of its forms. Condemning one side – especially when it’s the side that wants YOU dead is a bit asinine and self-immolating, don’t you think?

    • Jeff

      To go into another country and attack people, definitely criminal. Who is this vigilante group protecting in a foreign country?

    • My Name Here

      It’s the same group and always has been.

      • TerrorIsEvil

        And how have you been? Equal and opposite on the other side or worse?

    • Davey Wavey

      “works closely with the…police forces across Canada” Really. In what capacity? Name one police force which will verify that it “works closely” with the JDL? Just one. After this incident, none of them will come near you guys.

      • TerrorIsEvil

        The JDL work hand-in-hand with the police every time they have a protest or rally. That is a fact. If there were not a line of defense between the foaming-at-the-mouth violent terrorists and the JDL, then there would be many more skirmishes.

        You do not like it when Jews stand up for themselves instead of whining about these issues in print as I do. You criticize and condemn Jews for being concerned about matters like terrorism, antisemitism, etc., that specifically targets us (and you too by the way), but you are eager to tear them down when they actually show strength and initiative. Face it bud, you favor terrorists over civilized man.I think that you want Jews BOUND AND GAGGED! Sorry, Never Again!!

    • Disabuser

      I think you’re right. Scary, isn’t it, what these JDL thugs get away with?

      • TerrorIsEvil

        JDL go unarmed – you favorite Islamists and Leftist buds are truly dangerous because they have terrorist armies, missiles, WMD, guns, suicide vests, all manner of explosives, long blade knives, and trucks they use to run over crowds of people. And the Mullahs of Iran, who are your BFFs, have nukes.

    • Yankel

      I guess by your argument we shouldn’t be concerned by a Canadian Al-Qaeda because it’s that Al-Qaeda in the the middle east and Asia that’s the teorrorist group. Either your gullible or you think everyone else is. It’s the same JDL.

  • truthdareisay

    Does anyone here really believe this Muslim man was peacefully walking by minding his own business and a JDL member beat him to a pulp? If you believe this, may I sell you the Brooklyn bridge?

    • Yankel

      The JDL are violent thugs. Shame on you for trying to play blame the victim.

      • TerrorIsEvil

        Victims? Look no further than the hundreds of thousands of Muslims around the world made into piles of rotting flesh by other Muslims. These folks need a complete enlightenment but guys like you get behind their carnage and approve their terrorism.

      • TerrorIsEvil

        I wish that all terror groups were as “violent” as the JDL and then we would have no terrorism…perhaps a few fist fights!!

      • TerrorIsEvil

        The JDL are one of few organizations that do not play the “victim” card.

        They take responsibility for the defense of themselves and the Jewish people seriously,

        The JDL do so with very little fanfare or support from a community that thinks they are safe in the hands of their leadership and feel that the JDL are breaking the sha-shtil rules put in place by weak leaders who think that silence is the only answer to violence and hatred.

        Silence did not work in Nazi Europe and the lessons learned when Israel was re-established eliminated the silence option. In North America silence is the rule for the Jewish community, with the JDL one of the only exceptions.

        • Waffle

          I wish I could give you triple “up” votes. It’s impossible to debate or reason with those who refuse to open their eyes or exercise whatever grey matter might exist in their craniums. And shame on CJN for what amounts to irresponsible journalism.

        • Yankel

          The JDL takes resonsibility? Will Steynovitzbe pleading guilty then?

    • Marty Columbo

      Are you aware of the history of this group at all? They’ve killed people with bombings. They all hide in Canada because the US declared them a terror group

      • truthdareisay

        I only can laugh at your stupidity YOu only convince the Jew haters and no one else and btw… your facts are FICTION NOW GO BACK TO YOUR MUMMY’S BASEMENT AND WRITE SOME MORE CRAP!

    • neincautusfuturi

      Yes.

    • TerrorIsEvil

      Peaceful Islamist just minding his own business – and I have a timeshare for you in Afghanistan if you believe that. If they put one up on a hate crimes charge then they will have to charge the “Palestinian-American” on the same too.

  • TerrorIsEvil

    I have seen Muslim and left-wing supporters of terrorism in Canada do the same on campuses and in the community. In Calgary several were harassed, called vile names, bullied and harmed. See:

    http://pamelageller.com/2014/07/calgary-savage-muslim-mob-chanting-kill-jews-attacks-kicks-pro-israel-jews-christians.html/

    Before you quickly judge and condemn the JDL because you hate Jews to fight back and would rather see them getting beaten up, keep in mind that all Jewish students or anyone on our side or anyone holding an Israeli flag is a target.

    Had anyone fought back instead of retreating at the Canadian anti-Israel protests and “al quds day” Iranian violence, or if there was not a million-dollars worth of police protection to keep the sides apart, then they would have been brutalized, pulverized, and bloodied by the Islamists.

    In some cases it is “eat or be eaten.” For those who doubt, just attend a campus brawl (like on California campuses) as only the Islamists, leftists and BLM groups can put on. Even the police must retreat or be beaten by violent thugs at these rallies.

    I do not condone gratuitous violence but I suspect that it was not done offensively but defensively on the part of a JDL that thankfully are the only ones who do not hide their heads in shame nor do they hide behind police or run for the exits. Courage is not respected these days and that is why we are being over-taken.

    • Yankel

      Really, please cite one example of any supporters of Israel being hospitalized by “Muslim and left-wing”ers in Canada? You’re making things up in order to try to justify the JDL’s brutalism. Shame on you!

      • TerrorIsEvil

        In front of Palestine House they beat up a Jewish protestor on the JDL side. There are other examples and plenty of thwarted terror acts in Canada – look them up – I am not going to spoon-feed you. You are pro-terrorist – nothing I say will make you anything other.

        • Yankel

          That woud be the demo where JDL bikers decided to trespass on Palestine House property and got their asses kicked. Sorry, that’s not the same thing.

          • TerrorIsEvil

            I think that you ought to qualify that statement by saying that it does not seem like the same thing to YOU! Jewish lives matter (to me) as do all lives. The only lives that seem to matter to you are the ones on the left’s ordered list of appropriate victims according to color, class, religion, politics and sex.

          • Yankel

            It’s not the same thing because the Palestinian-American victim was not trespassing.

      • TerrorIsEvil

        A black eye is not the same as running over and killing 70 people (again and again repeated every day in some form of carnage for the past 30 years). Do you have no compassion for the victims of terrorism – do you not sympathize with Muslims killed by the hundreds of thousands by other Muslims?

    • Davey Wavey

      Sure, that’s plausible. And your description of the poor Canadian Jews being assaulted by anti-Israel thugs rings equally as plausible. Poor Jews, always victimized, even in Israel I’ll bet. Always the victim with 3,000 tanks, F-15’s, drones etc. facing the armies of Iraq (nope. scratch that one.), Jordan (nope, peace treaty), Egypt (peace treaty) Lebanon, Syria (hardly) which leaves the mobilized army of Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza. The anti-semites force you JDL guys to brutalize people from time to time. That’s it, isn’t it? They make you do it. Jails are full of innocent people whose victims forced them to do such and so. You can’t help it if you’re psychopathic, can you? As for plausibility, it’s zero.

      • TerrorIsEvil

        You are proving my case Jew hater.

      • TerrorIsEvil

        Go live in Syria, Iran, Gaza, Libya with your friends in the terror business. I am sure that when they are finished with you your mind will be much changed (if you still have one).

  • 122

    there is no way a Jew is just randomly beating this guy, he either did something or he said something to provoke them

    • TerrorIsEvil

      It makes me sick to see anyone beat up in a fight. I am a wuss that way. However, when I think of the millions of Jews: men, women, children, slaughtered by the millions in Europe and the way the Muslims turned on Jews in pre-Mandate Israel and continuing into the era of the re-established State of Israel – and have been bashing away at it’s people for the past 100 years – I get the courage to confront the war against us.

      People also criticize the Irgun but without the militias mid-20th century in Israel, our Jewish nation would have been toast – a non-starter and wiped out as easily as the 6 million in Europe were eliminated.

      The people who call any Jew who defends him/her-self a terrorist are the same ones who benefit from the freedom and safety of Israel and the umbrella that Israel provides and extends to the Diaspora who would also be toast were it not for a strong Israel. People who think otherwise have forgotten the real lessons of the Holocaust.

      • Jeff

        this has nothing to do with the past, get your head out of the textbook and look at the incident for what it is….yes there is a lot of Muslim hatred against Jews, but you can not use a broad brush to paint an entire people………..WAIT, that’s been done before…look at how that worked out

        • TerrorIsEvil

          There is no past when it comes to “Palestinian” terrorism – it is one long continuum. I did not paint them with the label “terrorist” they did/do. They continue to prove that they are worthy of the label. They are proud terrorists and the UN, EU and many others accept their violent extremism.

          • Jeff

            good deflection, the story is about the JDL, not about Palestinian terrorism

    • Yankel

      That’s a patently ridiculous response. The JDL has a long history of violence and even terrorism. These aren’t nice yeshiva boys we’re talking about but thugs.

      • TerrorIsEvil

        You have convicted and put them away before you know what really happened. The usual for a person who is prejudiced and poisoned against the JDL long before this incident.

        • Yankel

          Given his charges he’ll be away for quite a few years. Thanks Meir!

          • TerrorIsEvil

            Suffering from a bad case of lashon hara?

  • TerrorIsEvil

    We spend hundreds of billions of dollars every year on police and security and on keeping terrorists at bay. If it were not for that we would be inundated by terrorism by those we allow into America mostly un-screened and un-vetted along with their all-too-willing accomplices eagerly serving them and supporting their ideology – a few of them showing deference to terrorists on this forum.

    I am not against immigration but I want proper immigration that is to the advantage of North America, not to the advantage of terrorists. We must take into consideration who will be happy here and able to integrate without bringing their prejudice, violence and hatred with them.

  • Dudi the Yehudi

    To see Jews here defending the indefensible assault on an innocent civilian exercising their 1st amendment rights is one of the most discouraging things I’ve ever seen. There are dangerous currents within our own community that we ignore out of the same sense of tribalism that leads some Muslims to ignore and defend extremists in thier own community.

    • TerrorIsEvil

      What would cause you to fight back…anything? Or would you just sit back and take it on the chin? These are not unimportant questions. Jews are not all pacifists and we too have a right to fight back when necessary. It takes two to start a fight. Sometimes people get what they ask for. We do not know what was said and what went on between this man and the other individuals. Do not jump to conclusions.

      • Yankel

        Fight back? The only people charged with assault here are the JDL goons you’re defending. Hitting someone with a flagpole when they’re lying on the ground is not “fighting back”, it’s aggravated assault.

        • TerrorIsEvil

          Not in the eyes of the police who were there who are not quite as hysterical (and anti-Jew) as you and they happened to be closer to the scene of the brawl.

          I just wish we had guys like you who got as worked up about real terrorism by taking to the NET every time 80-100 innocent people were killed by Islamist terrorists that we see happening as a daily occurrence.

          The fact that you never do mention real ISIS, Hezbollah, Fatah and Hamas attacks and the terror taking place in Europe but feel obliged to highlight and obsess over some guy who found himself at the wrong address at the wrong time, shows your huuuuuge bias.

          • Yankel

            In the eyes of the police? The police who only charged JDL members with crimes? You’re obviously an idiot as you’re actually arguing against your own thesis.

          • TerrorIsEvil

            Things might not turn out how you want – but we will have to give the process a chance. That man had a purpose and might just as easily been armed. Things are not usually that simple.

          • Yankel

            Really? So which non-JDL people have been arrested? None. Just the JDL. Sorry to burst your bubble.

          • TerrorIsEvil

            Right, “Palestinians” are not prejudiced towards Jews, I forgot my leftist handbook in the washroom!

  • TerrorIsEvil

    History has not been kind to those who do not know their enemies and their methods. The allegorical tale (or is it?) of the Trojan Horse makes the point very well: When the Greeks pretended to pull away in retreat, the Trojans pulled the Trojan Horse in to the city as a trophy. The Greeks hidden inside the large mobile wooden horse opened the gates for the Greek army hiding nearby.

    The pro-terrorists in this forum who cannot recognize danger and do not know that the enemy is presently hiding in full view at the city’s gates (and the pro-terrorists pretend in a twisted way that the enemy is somehow our friend and that our friends somehow our enemies) are the ones who will lead us all to the same end as the Trojans.

    • Yankel

      Yes, which is why the JDL is aligning itself with neo-Nazis today?

      • TerrorIsEvil

        The real “Nazis” today are Islamists who have created several genocides in many parts of the world and aim to destroy much more – in case you have not noticed.

        • Yankel

          So it’s okay for the JDL to be working with neo-nazi or fascist groups like the English Defence League, the Freedom Party in Holland, the Soldiers of Odin and god knows who else? Perhaps LePen is now a JDL favourte too?

          • TerrorIsEvil

            You have an irrational fear of some of the groups you have named on the right but a loyalty to all the terrorists on the left…go figure.

  • TerrorIsEvil

    We are on the same page – I too think that guys like YOU are, unfortunately, “a dime a dozen” — way too many to maintain the safety and security and future of our democracy.

  • TerrorIsEvil

    In a place long, long ago and far, far away… You need to dig very, very deep for that needle in a haystack when before you there is a Mt. Everest of terrorism happening on a daily basis that you willfully ignore.

  • TerrorIsEvil

    So you have been called a self-loathing Jew? Never heard that one about you but if you say so then it must be true, Mr. Jello.

  • TerrorIsEvil

    You do the blah, blah, blah’s very well. Is that your favorite retort?

  • My Name Here

    Maybe now CJN will stop treating JDL as a legitimate organization.