JDO Militant Pleads Guilty to Assault of 12-Year-Old Boy.
The head of the militant Jewish Defense Organization, Mordechai Levy, has pleaded guilty to charges that he assaulted a 12-year-old boy last July in Liberty, N.Y. Sentencing is scheduled for May 25, and Sullivan County prosecutor Bonnie Mitzner told IsraelWire that Levy could legally change his plea before then. If convicted, Levy could receive up to one year in prison or three years on probation.
The alleged incident took place while the child was taking part in a summer camp run by JDO which was training Jewish children to use guns and martial arts. Mitzner said the assault charge emerged from an alleged incident last July at the Paramount Hotel in the Catskill Mountains. According to the complaint, Levy "kicked the boy in the face and eye, then struck him with his elbow in the middle of his back before kicking him in the testicles."
The victim, a Russian Jewish immigrant living in New York City, was taken to the hospital with contusions and in substantial pain. According to Mitzner, Levy told police "that the boys had caused damage to a hotel room and he decided to teach them a lesson."
The Jewish Defense Organization is an outgrowth of the militant Jewish Defense League established by Rabbi Meir Kahane. While Levy claims that the JDO has as many as 3,000 members, Jewish leaders in New York say that he only has a handful of followers. The Jewish Defense League has condemned Levy as "dangerous and unstable individual."