Amid AIPAC Protests, Two Alleged JDL Members Charged With Assaulting Protesters

April 1, 2017

Two alleged members of the extremist Jewish Defense League have been charged with attacking protesters at last weekend’s AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. The attacks mark the group’s most violent public incident in years.

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Two alleged members of the Jewish Defense League face charges of assault and hate crimes after a vicious attack on a Palestinian-American man attending a protest against the policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, last Sunday.

Multiple videos captured the unprovoked assault, which left Kamal Nayfeh, a 55-year-old instructor at North Carolina’s Central Piedmont Community College, hospitalized.

“I saw this white pole coming straight towards my eye,” Nayfeh said in this report from Mondoweiss. “I fell down on the ground and I felt people hitting me and kicking me. And then the police got me [out]. It was all so fast.”