Antisemitic message distributor faces consequences in Palm Beach County court
Antisemitism rears its ugly head in Sarasota — again. Image via @HollyBullardFL.

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Sprinkling hateful messages is usually only littering.

A Maryland man was seen dropping antisemitic flyers around Palm Beach County, but that wasn’t anything more than a littering citation  — until he refused to show his identification to a police officer.

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg announced Wednesday his office was filing a criminal charge against Nicholas Alan Bysheim of Lusby, Maryland for resisting a police officer without violence.

Legislation that’s been filed would have gotten him sitting in a police cruiser sooner, however.

These incidents of antisemitic messages are becoming more common, but the situation Jan. 21 presented a rare convergence of events for the case to land in court. It wasn’t the hateful messages. It wasn’t the littering. It was the accused’s interaction with police.

“This individual came into our community to cause harm and now is being held accountable,” Aronberg said. “Although distributing messages of hate is not illegal, it is a crime to refuse to provide identification to a law enforcement officer investigating a littering violation.”

The situation reflects how law enforcement’s hands are tied as they deal with most of what’s become a  new wave of antisemitic sentiment. It often shows up in plastic bags weighted down to keep from blowing away unread.

Palm Beach County’s Jewish enclaves have experienced a spate of incidents in recent months. No information was available about what specifically these messages said in court documents.

The arrestee filed a public information request for the bodycam footage from the police and all correspondence between police and the Anti-Defamation League, which he called “a Jewish special interest group.”

“My RIGHTS along with my associates were violated … we were exercising our RIGHT to speech and were PROFILED,” Bysheim wrote in the request, suggesting the officer received ADL training to profile him.

Republican Rep. Mike Caruso of northern Palm Beach County has filed legislation that would make spreading these “messages of hate” more than just a matter of littering.

The bill (HB 269) would make passing out items like Bysheim was distributing — with “religious or ethnic animus” — a felony offense. Republican Miami area Sen. Alexis Calatayud has filed similar legislation (SB 994).

“I hope I speak for all the legislators, my fellow legislators, that enough is enough,” Caruso said when the bill was filed.

Aronberg said Caruso, who lives in the northern end of Palm Beach County, consulted with him before filing the legislation. He applauds his efforts, Aronberg said.

“I would love the law to have more teeth to hold individuals accountable who come into our community who do harm,” Aronberg said. “The issue is that the First Amendment is so broad, narrowly tailoring a law that will survive scrutiny is a challenge.”


Florida Politics writer Jesse Scheckner contributed to this report.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • Paul Passarelli

    March 1, 2023 at 8:10 pm

    I absolutely hate defending the actions of human trash; even more so because he’s from Maryland. However…

    The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States protects his right to distribute the crap he’s handing out. If the people he hands the literature to decide to wrinkle it up and throw it on the ground, it the the second party that is guilty of littering.

    If the community is so deeply offended by this man’s actions, then a large number of community members they should gather, surround him, and *gently* escort him out of the neighborhood. Not by seizing his person or committing any act of battery, but by simply crowding his personal space until he yields the ground he is standing on, and continuing to do so until he *chooses* to remove himself from the neighborhood.

    In the meantime, I find the idea of this law disturbing.

    Call me if you need or want help crowding the man out of town..

    • cassandra

      March 2, 2023 at 12:23 am

      Hi Paul,

      I see you’ve already said what I came here to say. First Amendment violations are unacceptable no matter the speaker or his/her message. There’s also the practical problem that if Caruso’s bill became law, an ‘offender’ could spend a decade in prison for advertising a garage sale. The legislature is going way too far with this one.

      • Paul Passarelli

        March 2, 2023 at 12:03 pm

        And because we both know that the garage sale isn’t going to be prosecuted, the law fails by the equal protection clause.

        My biggest fear here is that one of these neo-nazis is going to sue the state and and actually win a large settlement for having his/her first amendment rights violated. And that’s another valid reason why I oppose this legislation.

        A victory like that would embolden the haters.

        • cassandra

          March 3, 2023 at 12:12 am

          And if they lose on speech, they’ll probably try religion.

          I looked at some of the neo-nazi garbage. It’s disgusting. I don’t understand the hate. And I cannot understand at all why anyone would waste his time on something like this.

          • Paul Passarelli

            March 3, 2023 at 1:01 am

            I don’t get the hate either. But, there is probably nothing that cannot be drilled into a susceptible mind given the necessary set of reinforcing stimuli. I think many of the neo-nazis were probably abused as children.

            And that was sufficient to cause them to develop the same types of depravity and misdirected animosity as the average Leftist / Progressive-Socialist / Democratic Useful Idiot. They were denied the maturing factors of self control as children by ignorant parents.. So as they matures they were drawn to outlets where they could in theory exercis4e power over others that they were raised to accept as an ‘politically invulnerable’ class.

            I’m sure that some grade-b social scientist could corroborate my simplification with some list of psychological conditions from the Guide, but that’s not really necessary to understand ‘idiots on the inter-tubes’, if you catch my meaning?

        • cassandra

          March 3, 2023 at 11:18 pm

          Interesting..I agree about the abuse. The child keeps trying harder and harder to please the abusive parent; of course he/she never succeeds. But they do learn a lot.

          I knew you couldn’t do it: No comment section is complete without a few words from you about the Left! I’m wondering, though, whether you’ve ever considered the possibility that Republicans and assorted RWs may be suffering from the same type conditions that are so obvious in ‘Leftists’? LOL But the real mystery, Paul: What creates an arrogant Libertarian? That’s what I’d like to know..It has to be complicated.. Would I find a chapter in the DSM about you??

          I might get your meaning. I’m not sure. I looked up the term because I hadn’t seen it before. What I found was not what I had thought you may have been saying!

          • Paul Passarelli

            March 4, 2023 at 2:34 pm

            Hi Cassandra,

            Yeah, you caught me. But I gotta come clean, the reason I inevitably go anti-left is because for virtually every ‘trouble’ I see I can always point back to something that the Left initiates as the source of the problem.

            Now don’t get be wrong, the other side is usually not blameless, but more often than not, their blame was in allowing the travesty of the Left to go unchecked. It’s the utter spinelessness of the other side. Their unwillingness to hold territory, and to repeatedly and consistently yield to the incessant blathering of the Left.

            Back in the early 80s I scored high on the Libertarian’s ‘World’s Shortest Political Quiz’. So my tendencies are strongly Libertarian, but the LP is also populated with some weirdos. And their proclivities towards the use of pot always bothered me.

            When I turned 18 I registered Republican because even as a teen, I was deeply offended by the Leftist teachers I had been exposed to since childhood. Probably most notably my 8th grade Social Studies teacher John Altieri who was also president of the Norwalk Federation of Teachers Union. I cringe when I think about how many minds he poisoned.

            I’m going to close this reply by stating, I don’t care *what* people are (meaning ethnographically) I only care what *CHOICES* they make and what *ATTITUDES* they express in their daily lives. Democrats, Socialists, Communists, Nazis, etc. None of those are protected classes. But they are all the same in that they seek to disrupt & destroy ‘normalcy’ and seek to control the population and diminish the individual.
            Same goes for the radical ‘protected classes’ who claim to be fighting for previous discriminations but are in fact pushing for the ultimate irony ‘reverse discriminations as policy’.

            Whoops, I was tending towards the ‘death penalty’ for pedophiles’ thread for a moment. But the logic persists. Pedos are thring to normalise their aberrant behaviour. So I’ll stop here.

          • Paul Passarelli

            March 4, 2023 at 2:38 pm

            P.S I doubt I rate s a chapter in the DSM, maybe a footnote. I just hope the author does his homework and cites the article where I feature prominently in the Journal of Interventional Radiology. ;^)

        • cassandra

          March 4, 2023 at 8:19 pm

          I couldn’t find the article..??

        • cassandra

          March 5, 2023 at 5:02 pm

          Hi Paul,

          Interesting that someone else’s pot smoking bothers you.. I’ll quit getting stoned before I reply to your comments! Seriously, I don’t smoke pot but would if I wanted to.

          When you took the Libertarian ‘World’s Shortest Political Quiz’ had you been indoctrinated (educated) with libertarian ideas, or did you arrive at them through logic, sense of fairness, something else?

          Unlike you, I don’t remember having any K-12 teachers that I would describe as Leftist. None appeared to be at all political. I was pretty quiet. I only asked questions when I found something to be especially interesting. I was fascinated by atoms. Unfortunately the school I attended seemed to think home economics was a more appropriate subject for girls.

          (Your reply must have been with the moderator for a while!)

          • Paul Passarelli

            March 5, 2023 at 9:36 pm

            Hi Cassandra,

            The Libertarian part of me doesn’t care about someone’s choice to toke. But the part of me that doesn’t like dealing with people who are sedated, becomes infuriated when people don’t put their best foot forward. Note: This really only applies when I’m trying to have business dealings with the other person. for example:

            The guy the who showed up to perform my semi annual air conditioning maintenance showed up Tuesday. He was a new tech so didn’t know the layout of the house. That means I had to walk around with him. _He was stoned._ Either that or he wasn’t all that bright to begin with. Sure he had been *trained* to do the service. But training does not equal understanding. Training can create mechanical responses to stimuli, But Pavlov trained his dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell. Anyway, he did an adequate job of testing the units and cleaning out the condensate drains, so no harm was done.

            I’ll admit that I tried it back in the early 80s, but I didn’t like it, and haven’t used the shit since. In the words of Gallagher “It made the time go slow.” But since time goes slow enough for me when I’m dealing with most people already, it made the time seem tortuous.

            When I took the quiz, I hadn’t even heard of Libertarians. What I had been exposed to was the repulsive ideas of the aforementioned 8th grade Progressive-Socialist Social Studies teacher, and all the like minded teachers that followed him. I knew how ‘off’ the crap he was pushing ‘felt’ so my developing sense of logic caused me to contradict him at every opportunity. He *really* didn’t like that. But what remained undeniable was that I tested exceptionally well. I was off the chart on every standardised test they threw at us. PSAT, Stanford-Binet, Wonderlic, etc. Which made it very difficult for my teachers to write me off as a ineducable. But they tried!

            I too was heavily into the sciences. After getting my freshmen general science teacher fired for teaching creationism, the department head took a chance and put me into his physics class as a sophomore. He also loaded me with honors chemistry simultaneously. I got CLEP credits for the math prerequisites for both classes, and was put into a senior Algebra III class too. I spent my ‘free’ time in the physics resource room, writing programs for the Apple Lab Scientific efforts that he applied for the get the school *THREE* Apple ][ computers.

            Let’s just say that my school career was full of ups & downs. My report cards were an inexplicable mixture of “A”s & “F”s depending entirely on the personality of the teacher. That combined with “5”s on my AP exams just made the bureaucrats all the more frustrated.

            norwalk High School had a graduation requirement of 18.5 credits of which 1.5 had to be in PE over the four years. I have accumulated 26.875 academic credits by less than midway through my senior year. Then my guidance counsellor decided she was going to play hardball, I needed PE credits and she was going to use me as an example and not allow them to be penciled in. Despite me being the physical rival of any two lettermen I challenged her to select. It’s a long story, but I had a long rivalry with theis certain gym teacher/football coach.

            Yeah, sorry, this is getting too long. Who knows ho long it’ll take to moderate this. Talk to you later.

            tl;dr — Yes, I’ve always had Libertarian tendencies, based on logic & fairness, and maybe even attributable to some Catholic upbringing that I also rejected as foolishness.

    • John 8:44

      March 2, 2023 at 11:39 am

      Have you seen the flyers? It’s not hate. It’s simply facts. jews are a 2% minority yet are 80% of Joe Bien’s cabinet. 96% of the US media is controlled by 6 jewish corporations. These are simply facts that anyone can verify for themselves as being truthful. Facts are not loving or hateful, they are simply accurate statements. Please explain how you think this information is hateful?

      • Paul Passarelli

        March 2, 2023 at 12:10 pm

        See my observations below. I wrote: “It’s been said: “In order to get someone to accept a lie, wrap it in a veneer of truth.”” And it deserves repeating here.

        Then simple fact that you refer to them as “6 jewish corporations” is a pretty clear indicator that your motivations are hateful, far more than they are meant to be educational or informative.

        Regarding your fake alias: What ever happened to not condemning someone for the sins of their father?

  • With no chute

    March 1, 2023 at 9:41 pm

    “Our right to free speech”
    I feel so bad for him.
    Wait actually I don’t. People like him don’t believe in free speech. We se a war over it. Kick him out of plane lol

    • Paul Passarelli

      March 2, 2023 at 10:27 am

      I suspect you were battered as a child.

      • John 8:44

        March 2, 2023 at 11:40 am

        I suspect that you have never seen 1 of the flyers. They are not hateful. Facts do not contain feelings. If the truth offends you then maybe you have the problem.

        • Paul Passarelli

          March 2, 2023 at 5:53 pm

          You’d be wrong. I have seen them and I find them repugnant.

          I’ll say it again, there is almost certainly a thin veneer of truth in the headlines. But you did a really poor job of covering up the hatred.

          Which is just as certainly why most people who your boy hands these flyers would tend to feel so unclean that they drop that shit onto the ground. As to whether they resist the urge to spit on it as well, I can’t say. That’s what I’d do if I were to be handed one of those pages.

    • John 8:44

      March 2, 2023 at 11:39 am

      Agree 100%

  • Ocean Joe

    March 2, 2023 at 8:00 am

    Don’t understand why our governor, paragon of virtue, warrior against all evil, finds time to rage about drag queens, can’t seem to find a moment to address and condemn the growth of antisemitic activity.

    • Paul Passarelli

      March 2, 2023 at 12:22 pm

      I don’t think the governor should punch down. Perhaps he should issue *one* statement but it’s not his job to keep these hateful parasites in the public eye.

      The unfortunate truth is that the noe-nazis do have the constitutionally protected right to say what they do, as vile & revolting as it is.

      It’s also odd that you and I could, should, and would, team up to oppose their nonsense.

      Now if I can just get you and your fellow Fale Aliases to understand that the Democrats are far closer to the neo-nazis philosophically than the neo-nazis are to the Republicans, all this effort won’t be wasted.

  • Earl Pitts American

    March 2, 2023 at 8:57 am

    Good Morning America,
    Of course the dude littering that County with Anti-Anybody flyers was wrong. No doubt about that.
    What I would like to take a minute of your time about involves truth and education. The artical is written up in an appropriate way. So congrats to Florida Politics and Anne Greggis.
    What I am concerned about is the way the leftist commentaters above are slanting their comments. The leftist commenters seem to want to make the offensive flyer dispensing person somehow related to conservatives, Florida’s Govornor, or anything and anyone to sling mud at except leftists/Democrats.
    99% of Jew haters in The USA are on the left.
    99% of Jew supporters in The USA are on the right.
    99% of all haters of The Nation of Isreal in The USA are on the left.
    99% of all supporters of The Nation of Isreal in The USA are on the right.
    Mathamatically we arrive at a 99% probability the person dispensing the offensive flyers is a raging leftist. Mavbe even one of our regular leftist leaning posters here at FP. And maybe even one of our known leftist leaning posters right here in the comment section of this very article.
    Thank You America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Paul Passarelli

      March 2, 2023 at 10:26 am

      you wrote: “What I am concerned about is the way the leftist commentaters[sic] above are slanting their comments. The leftist commenters seem to want to make the offensive flyer dispensing person somehow related to conservatives, Florida’s Govornor[sic], or anything and anyone to sling mud at except leftists/Democrats.”

      Which pretty much nailed it! Well said, Earl.

  • Judenhass

    March 2, 2023 at 9:59 am

    Before throwing ad-hominems at Mr. Bysheim, perhaps we should evaluate the information on his flyers. gtvflyers [dot] com

    • Paul Passarelli

      March 2, 2023 at 10:54 am

      It’s been said: “In order to get someone to accept a lie, wrap it in a veneer of truth.”

      I don’t doubt or question that a superficial glance at your ‘flyers’ would and does pass some rudimentary test for factualness. But your message contains a deep and burning hatred based on complete & utter nonsense, and faulty conclusions.

      So, while I’ll defend your right to distribute your vomitous speech, I’ll also warn anyone who might be tempted to believe you by cheerfully explaining to them that the words you are spewing are complete & utter garbage.

      P.S. The ad hominem wasn’t tossed out because of ‘what’ the man is, it was a condemnation of what he believes and what he is saying. When someone displays the trait of accepting untrue statements, and then repeating those statements, or worse embracing that false facts, I don’t really care what those false spewings are about. Whether they are Neo-nazis, Progressive-Socialists, Democrats, Flat-Earthers, Chem-Trail conspiracy theorists, Moon Landing deniers, Communists, etc. It’s their belief in *NONSENSE* that causes me to condemn them.

      If you are interested in re-evaluating your flawed beliefs, I’d be happy to help you unwind the indoctrination have undoubtedly been exposed to. I won’t attempt to supplant anything you have read with my version of the facts. I will simply help you to unravel the flawed conclusions that you have accepted. The work, the effort to replace the ‘bad-facts’ not with the ‘good-facts’ but with the ‘real-facts’ will be 100% your efforts.

  • Reinhold Hanning

    March 2, 2023 at 10:20 am

    “To understand who controls you, simply look at who you are not allowed to criticize”

    • Paul Passarelli

      March 2, 2023 at 10:56 am

      A valid point. But also a pearl of wisdom that can be, and often is, misapplied by those with a hateful agenda.

  • John 8:44

    March 2, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Checkout to learn the truth. There is nothing hateful in truth. John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

    • Paul Passarelli

      March 2, 2023 at 12:26 pm

      I actually forced myself to watch one of Handsome Truths videos. I think he does that repressed homosexual schtick just a bit too well. Perhaps he’s compensating for something?

  • Bwj

    March 4, 2023 at 12:05 pm

    Antisemitism, racial discrimination is wrong. The beautiful/ugly truth of the first Ammendment is that it protects both. The Supreme Court supported this is the 1977 Skokie case. Yet the hypocrisy in this state is appalling.

    • Paul Passarelli

      March 4, 2023 at 3:33 pm

      I’m thinking you’re referring to the proposal that bloggers need to register… Yeah, well that shit don’t flush!!!

      And thank you for recognizing my point. I would stand shoulder to shoulder with the bloggers to protect their right to post as they see fit.

      I would just as vocally call them out for any lies that they post, and all the defamatory shit that they parrot, but that’s a different issue.

      I’d even take it a bit further, I think Harry Reid should have been held accountable for his lies, but he’s dead now. And since I’m not into the whole afterlife thing, I see no point to desecrate his grave or his corpse. Buy I’ll gladly shit on his memory at every opportunity; he was despicable. Almost as bad as LBJ.

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