David Brotsky aka David Appletree aka JIDF - Romance With Guns, Violence and Hate For Israel
A year ago or so we exposed the identity of the founder of the Jewish Internet Defense Force (Wikipedia article). David Brotsky, aged 37, lives in his parent's basement in Dallas, TX (and appears to have lots of ties to New York). He says that he is a film production and location manager by day. But from those we have spoken too confirm that he is actually a mental patient who has been arrested repeatly in both New York and Dallas. That he is under medication and spends all his days and nights on Facebook. At the present time he has been reported to the FBI for criminal harassment, fraud (the JIDF is not registered as a non-profit or with the IRS) and computer hacking.
By night, he’s David Appletree, a rabid gut-toting, hate mongering sociopath.
Lately, he’s gone ever farther over the top than normal, calling for the formation of Jewish militias in all of the world’s (!) major cities and imposing vigilante justice on his enemies whoever and wherever they may be.
Here are some of his more incendiary recent tweets (first, second, third):
A lot of these trolls are making me think it will soon be time to take JIDF to the next level: armedmilitias.Here he links to a video clip of the target-practice scene from Taxi Driver, in which Robert DeNiro points an unloaded gun at the camera and fires in preparation for mounting a political assassination:
@JIDF and when i say “organized,” i mean strong Jewish men and friends thereof who are armed and ready/able to fight. #vigilante #justice
…a small group of organized JIDF supporters in each major city in the world could make people think twice.
Some Jew haters need to be taught some lessons…. http://youtu.be/zKbgw2aK_eUHere he features a pistol with silencer with the caption: “Good day.”
#vigilante #justice #jews #torah #israel #tcot
Those of you who believe in the rule of law may ask why the FBI isn’t giving this guy a home visit. Apparently, the G-men prefer cases in which the victim has lots of curves and is “very good friends” with important U.S. generals. Clearly advocating the creation of an armed militia and displaying weapons which presumably would be used to exterminate whatever anti-Israel trash has gotten Brotsky lathered up, would appear to be either a federal crime outright or one in the making.
The question arises whether Brotsky is merely a certifiable lunatic looking for attention by whatever means he can find it; or whether he represents a clear and present danger to his opponents or American Jewish political discourse. I’m writing this post because while it’s possible the former is the case, there’s too much of a possibility that the latter is true to ignore him.
One of Brotsky’s claims to fame (or infamy) is his “mastery” of the art of exploitation and manipulation of social media. He of course maintains JIDF Facebook and Twitter accounts, but he also appears to have created multiple sockpuppet accounts designed to support and echo his own views.
A review of some of his 6,000 Twitter followers indicates that a significant portion are either Twitter spam or possibly even secured through a Twitter grey market. The fact that the JIDF website is ranked at 1.1-million in popularity indicates both that he doesn’t spend much time on it, and that he’s possibly vastly inflating his Twitter followers and Facebook Friends. He’s also hacked into the social media accounts of legitimate users and engaged in acts of plagiarism. In this interview (with the woman who later made this accusation), he makes a revealing admission:
David: My only regret is trusting people.This is one of the most untrustworthy people on the internet, who violates the trust and rules of social media giants like Twitter and Facebook. Yet he sees himself as the victim of the bad acts of others.
Appletree’s Facebook (personal) page was removed because he was not using his real name, a violation of the company’s rules. Now, he’s created a Fan page for David Appletree, who is a figment of Brotsky’s imagination and a victim of his self-regard.
The JIDF founder at one time (until they had a falling out) made common cause with other hasbara fraudsters. They each created hoax users and posted inflammatory anti-Israel comments in Facebook accounts and then pointed to those comments in attacking the groups to which they posted them.
Another mystery is how and why Twitter decided to “verify” Brotsky’s JIDF account. Clearly the fact that he has a large number of followers played a role. But verification is the ultimate seal of approval Twitter offers its most popular celebrity users. By offering Brotsky this, it in effect also ratified the content of his account:
Verification is currently used to establish authenticity of identities on Twitter. The verified badge helps users discover high-quality sources of information and trust that a legitimate source is authoring the account’s Tweets.I’ll let you be the judge of whether Brotsky is a “high-quality source of information and trust” or is mentally challenged taking up too much of our productive time.
Twitter proactively verifies accounts on an ongoing basis to make it easier for users to find who they’re looking for. We concentrate on highly sought users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, advertising, business, and other key interest areas. We verify business partners from time to time and individuals at high risk of impersonation.
He spends hours talking about "we" on the Facebook JIDF site when it is only he. By a rough estimate Brotsky has over 20 aliases on Facebook.
And anyone who can bash those who have served in the Israel Defense Forces, the Israel Border Police and the most respected Jewish and Israeli organizations such as the ADL, Nefesh b'Nefesh, the Jewish Agency, World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Federations of North America deserves whatever comes their way.