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If You Thought Charlie Hebdo Couldn’t Happen Here… January 16, 2015

Posted by geoff in News.

This happened 13 miles from me:

Two men have been arrested and charged in what Boulder police said was a bias-motivated assault against a Jewish man at a bar on the Pearl Street Mall last month.

According to police a 22-year-old man said he was at the Sundown Saloon, 1136 Pearl St., at 12:30 a.m. Dec. 19 when three males approached him and told him to remove his yarmulke, a skullcap traditionally worn by Jewish men.

The man refused to remove the yarmulke, stating that he was Jewish.

One of the three men then struck the victim in the side of his head with a glass, shattering the glass and knocking the victim down. A second man then kicked the victim after he fell down. The victim was taken to a local hospital with a laceration to his head that required 20 stitches.

And what, you may ask, were the names of the two gentlemen who inflicted these injuries?

Bryan Jamsheed Tayefeh
Yotam Monjack



1. Retired Geezer - January 16, 2015

Can any good thing happen in a bar?

2. ChrisP - January 16, 2015

Walking/drinking while Jewish is no longer safe in France, or the USA.
I’m thinking that we’re getting “real close” here…

3. lauraw - January 17, 2015

“Bias-motivated.” That means they were muslims, or black guys.

If they were redneck Bubbas it would be a Hate Crime.

4. lauraw - January 17, 2015

Hah, I just read to the end of your post. Yep.

5. Sobek - January 17, 2015

I can’t figure out that second name. Definitely not an Arabic name. Maybe somewhere in the Balkans?

6. geoff - January 17, 2015

More details in this article. Two excerpts:

Scott Jurdem, at attorney for 29-year-old suspect Bryan Jamsheed Tayefeh said the bias-motivated charges are not warranted, noting that the second suspect, Yotam Monjack, 27, is a Jewish man from Israel.

“I don’t believe that the allegation that this crime was bias-motivated is appropriate, and I think the evidence clearly contradicts that, starting with the fact one of the two men is an Israeli Jew with a huge Star of David on his Facebook page,” Jurdem said.

Of course, his lawyer is paid to get his client off the hate crime charges. I thought Tayefeh’s story was amusing:

When police arrived, Tayefeh told them he was standing with friends when Fineman yelled an anti-Semitic slur at him, according to the affidavit. He said words were exchanged, and that he threw a punch at Fineman, but forgot he had a glass in his hand.

7. Sobek - January 17, 2015

Okay, Yotam makes much more sense as a Jewish name. My brain didn’t want to go there because it doesn’t make sense in the context of an anti-Jewish assault.

“Jamsheed” and “Tayefeh” both look Persian. “Bryan” is clearly Finnish.

8. buffalone - January 18, 2015

I’ve had good things happen to me in a bar.

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