UPDATE March 2, 2023: Palm Beach County files charges against GDL member Nicholas ‘Jehu’ Bysheim. Bysheim was charged with resisting arrest after being cited for littering; more here.
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Palm Beach Police issued “littering” citations to four men Saturday for distributing hundreds of antisemitic flyers to private residences on the island, a department spokesman said Sunday. Police identified the men as David Kim, Jonathan Baldwin, Jon Minadeo II, and Nicholas Bysheim.
The citations to the out-of-state individuals came at 5 p.m., shortly after police sent out an alert to residents to report any antisemitic material they may have received.
Minadeo is a well-known antisemitic agitator who boasted on social media last year that he had been handcuffed and arrested for “hate speech” outside the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. He leads an extremist group called the Goyim Defense League (GDL) and its platform Goyim TV, which has distributed antisemitic flyers in cities across the country, according to national hate-group monitors.
NGO StopAntisemitism has been following Minadeo and his white supremacist followers of the ‘GDL.’ In 2022, StopAntisemitism named Minadeo ‘Antisemite of the Week’ for his ongoing antisemitic rhetoric and actions.
In December, Minadeo announced he had moved the Bay Area-founded group to Florida.
Bysheim was arrested by Atlantis Police on Jan. 21 for obstructing a law enforcement officer without violence after receiving a littering citation for “throwing antisemitic hate speech flyers” on residents’ lawns, police said. StopAntisemitism assisted in the identification of Bysheim.
The Palm Beach island littering citations came after police say the men distributed flyers to residences.
Contained in weighted, zipped plastic bags, the flyers decry nationally elected and appointed Jewish officials in relation to gun control, “the COVID agenda,” allegations that U.S. media are controlled by Jewish interests and the Biden Administration in general.
Hate crime charges, in this case, are unlikely, according to a Palm Beach Police spokesman.
Last week, Palm Beach County leaders held a closed-door meeting to push forward and expand plans to combat recent antisemitism displays in the area.
Under a bill introduced on Jan. 19 by State Rep. Mike Caruso, R-Delray Beach, anyone who projects antisemitic images onto buildings could be charged with a felony.
The Palm Beach flyer incident follows similar antisemitic occurrences in West Palm Beach and Boca Raton, in addition to Atlantis.