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Palestinian human rights activist ‘terrified’ by Trump rhetoric

Israeli prime minister welcomes billionaire’s election



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A Palestinian human rights activist on Nov. 12, 2016, sharply criticized President-elect Trump over his anti-Muslim rhetoric. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

RAMALLAH, West Bank — A Palestinian human rights activist on Saturday suggested President-elect Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric fuels extremism.

“It’s not helpful,” Ziman CEO Samer Makhlouf told the Washington Blade at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Makhlouf made the comment during a meeting with more than two dozen people from the U.S. who were in the West Bank with A Wider Bridge, which describes itself as an “LGBTQ advocacy group building connections between the Israeli and North American LGBTQ communities.” The group arrived in Jerusalem two days after Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton sent shockwaves throughout the world.

Trump in the wake of the June 12 massacre at the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla., reiterated his call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the U.S. He also said he would suspend immigration from countries with a “proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe and our allies.”

Trump in August said his administration would require potential immigrants to the U.S. to pass an “ideological test” that would include questions about LGBT rights. The president-elect told reporters that immigration is among his top three priorities once he takes office in January.

“I feel terrified (by) this kind of speech that is really polarizing the society in America,” Makhlouf told the Blade. “It’s also affecting everyone worldwide, especially in this part of the world.”

Makhlouf added Trump’s rhetoric also makes the prospect of a peace agreement between the Israelis and “even further.”

“We want someone to be helpful, and not to be making our problems more difficult,” said Makhlouf.

WAFA, the official Palestinian news agency, reported Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated Trump on his election and expressed his “wishes that just and comprehensive peace will prevail in the region and entire world during his administration.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a video statement described Trump as “a great friend of Israel.”

Reuters reported that Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, chair of the right-wing Bayit Yehudi party who supports the expansion of settlements on the West Bank, said Trump’s election means the “era of a Palestinian state is over.”

Trump’s election an ‘opportunity’ for Netanyahu

Many Israelis with whom the Blade has met and spoken in recent days expressed shock over Trump’s election.

“Our hearts are full of pain and mourning,” said Noa Sattath, director of the Israel Religious Action Center, a group that promotes religious pluralism and gender equality, on Friday during a meeting in Jerusalem.

Leon Wiener Dou of the Shalom Hartman Institute, a Jerusalem-based pluralist think tank, told the Blade on Friday the “entire world is in a state of shock right now” over Trump’s election. He added the majority of Israelis are in what he described as “political vertigo.”

“Most people had no idea this was coming,” said Dou.

The platform that the Republican Party adopted in July opposes “any measures” against Israel “intended to impose an agreement or to dictate borders or other terms.” It also rejects “the false notion that Israel is an occupier” and describes the campaign in support of a boycott, economic divestment and sanctions against Israel over its policies towards the Palestinians as “anti-Semitic in nature and seeks to destroy” the country.

Trump told the Wall Street Journal last week that he will achieve “the ultimate deal” between the Israelis and the Palestinians. He also supports the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump last week invited Netanyahu to meet with him in the U.S. as soon as possible.

Dou told the Blade that Netanyahu views Trump’s election as “an opportunity” because the U.S. will no longer pressure his government to make any concessions to the Palestinians. He also noted the Israeli government sharply criticized the deal the U.S. and five other countries reached with Iran over its nuclear program in 2015.

Trump also opposes the agreement.

Another Shalom Hartman Institute staffer told the Blade that most Israelis feel Trump “is good for Israel because he’s said more positive things than anyone else.”

“They’re not thinking about if it’s good for America, is it good globally,” she said. “They’re thinking if its good or bad for Israel, which is a very narrow vision in my eyes.”

Tom Canning, a Jerusalem-based LGBT rights advocate, told the Blade on Friday that Israel’s “own populist and divisive political leaders” are now “speaking with a new tone of legitimacy for the direction they are leading us.” Canning also expressed concern over the impact that a Trump presidency could have on LGBT rights in the U.S.

“Initially it raised fear and worry about the direction the world is heading and concern for my LGBT and minority friends in America,” he said.

Editor’s note: Michael K. Lavers is currently in Israel with A Wider Bridge. He will be reporting from the country through Nov. 22.

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  1. Shemtov Joshua

    November 13, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    it’s all talk. but Obama foreign policies emboldened radical Isla mists and radicals within the Palestinian population making any compromise an impossibility, the change of administration will create new opportunities for peace the question is Netanyahu going to seize on it ? Is the Palestinian leadership which is in great need for new leadership going to finally be willing to seat on the table and make concessions for peace ? all too early to tell

  2. MJ

    November 14, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    He’s probably afraid because Trump will be our best bet to stop Muslims from slaughtering gays in the U.S. and elsewhere.

    • lnm3921

      November 15, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      Oh, missy please! Enough with your scare tactics One attack on a gay nightclub does not make Muslims public enemy number 1 to GLBT Americans. A gay bar was also bombed by Eric Rudolph, a Christian conservative activists. Why do you ignore that?!

      • MJ

        November 15, 2016 at 9:23 pm

        It most certainly does make them public enemy number 1 to gay Americans. They make up a small percentage of the U.S. population, yet STILL have attempted the mass murder of gays three times (through bombing in NYC; arson in Seattle at Neighbors; and..finally…firearm in Orlando) with only the third being successful. Imagine if their numbers in the U.S. doubled ?? And…shall we talk about what they’ve done in the UK now…. missy?

        • lnm3921

          November 15, 2016 at 9:35 pm

          We have to live with the public policy and laws that Christian conservatives like Mike Pence will attempt to put in place to deny GLBT Americans their rights by pulling the religion card. That is a greater concern that impacts people’s lives everyday in employment, housing and even their relationships.

          Even if Trump kept all these people out, and those born here don’t get radicalized and commit such crimes, we still have to cope with the harm the Christian conservative hoards plan to inflict upon us. I don’t need to be a made a second class citizen, criminalized or classified as having a disorder. Been through that, don’t need it again! No thanks Madame! That’s the greater threat! Stick that in your swish!

          • MJ

            November 15, 2016 at 10:15 pm

            I disagree. The spread of Islam is the bigger problem. The majority of Christians (or atheists, or Hindus, or Jews, or Buddhists or Pagans…) don’t agree with THEIR extremists. But even moderate Muslims go along with their extremists. That’s why they execute and imprison for homosexuality in all Muslim-majority countries. And even when Muslims haven’t reached the majority yet. In the UK there are enough of them now where 52 percent admit they want to see homosexuality made illegal. And they welcome this guy with open arms (and gays are too cowardly to ever protest this guy, or any Muslim, which is another reason the time of gay equality, or even existence, is probably limited). This is another reason Trump was the better bet for the gay future. He called out this type of homophobia. Again, this imam calls for gays to be beheaded and killed in several other different ways, and they still send their kids to be taught by him!!! Where do people think this is leading ?

          • lnm3921

            November 15, 2016 at 10:41 pm

            Some European countries like the Netherlands are having immigrants see videos of acceptance of homosexuality before allowing citizenship.
            I’m not disputing the issues in Europe. But a lot is tied to racism and islamophobia among say the French for example. Unemployment is very high among that population despite so many having been born and raised in France. That breeds resentment.

            You’re talking about lawless terrorism not public policy and rule of law. Beheading falls under cruel and unusual punishment that the US Constitution forbids. A national hate crime law imposes additional penalties for hate crimes.

            So you are not being realistic. Even when gays were fired from their jobs and imprisoned for Sodomy in the 20th century, they were not subject to capital punishment.

            Once upon a time here, you could not be out without going to prison, losing your job and having your name published in the newspaper. Public shaming and being forced into mental institutions was once common. That is what Christian extremists want to bring us back to. I grew up in the tail end of that and know what it was like. Religious Freedom laws and FADA would take us back there. That is a bigger threat! Such laws only encourage more hate crimes not less!

          • MJ

            November 15, 2016 at 10:42 pm

            I disagree on a lot of that, but….okay.

          • lnm3921

            November 15, 2016 at 10:47 pm

            I’ve read up on the issue that Arabs are having in France. Much like African Americans feel they have here when they riot in the streets. I’m not saying they are justified or that I support them. But you need to put the whole thing into perspective.

          • MJ

            November 15, 2016 at 10:17 pm

            BTW : Which Christian preachers are calling for the death penalty for gays ? I’m not challenging you, I just want to know who they are.

          • lnm3921

            November 15, 2016 at 10:29 pm

            Look up pastors Steve Anderson of Arizona and Roger Jimenez of Sacramento and comments on GLBT.
            Also check out comments by Christian activist Theodore Shoebat on Trump and Peter Thiel.

            I would be more specific but the Blade censor filters won’t let me post it. Which is stupid because they reported on it.

  3. lnm3921

    November 15, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Are Palestinians supporting GLBT rights in the West Bank? Compared to Israel, can you be openly gay there, have bars or march in a pride parade? Why is this a story for us?!

    • MJ

      November 15, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      Lavers is an odd character. I remember him in NY. He was all weirded out that his native N.H. legalized gay marriage first.

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Equality Act, contorted as a danger by anti-LGBTQ forces, is all but dead

No political willpower to force vote or reach a compromise



Despite having President Biden in the White House and Democratic majorities in both chambers of Congress, efforts to update federal civil rights laws to strengthen the prohibition on discrimination against LGBTQ people by passing the Equality Act are all but dead as opponents of the measure have contorted it beyond recognition.

Political willpower is lacking to find a compromise that would be acceptable to enough Republican senators to end a filibuster on the bill — a tall order in any event — nor is there the willpower to force a vote on the Equality Act as opponents stoke fears about transgender kids in sports and not even unanimity in the Democratic caucus in favor of the bill is present, stakeholders who spoke to the Blade on condition of anonymity said.

In fact, there are no imminent plans to hold a vote on the legislation even though Pride month is days away, which would be an opportune time for Congress to demonstrate solidarity with the LGBTQ community by holding a vote on the legislation.

If the Equality Act were to come up for a Senate vote in the next month, it would not have the support to pass. Continued assurances that bipartisan talks are continuing on the legislation have yielded no evidence of additional support, let alone the 10 Republicans needed to end a filibuster.

“I haven’t really heard an update either way, which is usually not good,” one Democratic insider said. “My understanding is that our side was entrenched in a no-compromise mindset and with [Sen. Joe] Manchin saying he didn’t like the bill, it doomed it this Congress. And the bullying of hundreds of trans athletes derailed our message and our arguments of why it was broadly needed.”

The only thing keeping the final nail from being hammered into the Equality Act’s coffin is the unwillingness of its supporters to admit defeat. Other stakeholders who spoke to the Blade continued to assert bipartisan talks are ongoing, strongly pushing back on any conclusion the legislation is dead.

Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said the Equality Act is “alive and well,” citing widespread public support he said includes “the majority of Democrats, Republicans and independents and a growing number of communities across the country engaging and mobilizing every day in support of the legislation.”

“They understand the urgent need to pass this bill and stand up for LGBTQ people across our country,” David added. “As we engage with elected officials, we have confidence that Congress will listen to the voices of their constituents and continue fighting for the Equality Act through the lengthy legislative process.  We will also continue our unprecedented campaign to grow the already-high public support for a popular bill that will save lives and make our country fairer and more equal for all. We will not stop until the Equality Act is passed.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), chief sponsor of the Equality Act in the Senate, also signaled through a spokesperson work continues on the legislation, refusing to give up on expectations the legislation would soon become law.

“Sen. Merkley and his staff are in active discussions with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to try to get this done,” McLennan said. “We definitely see it as a key priority that we expect to become law.”

A spokesperson Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who had promised to force a vote on the Equality Act in the Senate on the day the U.S. House approved it earlier this year, pointed to a March 25 “Dear Colleague” letter in which he identified the Equality Act as one of several bills he’d bring up for a vote.

Despite any assurances, the hold up on the bill is apparent. Although the U.S. House approved the legislation earlier this year, the Senate Judiciary Committee hasn’t even reported out the bill yet to the floor in the aftermath of the first-ever Senate hearing on the bill in March. A Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic aide, however, disputed that inaction as evidence the Equality Act is dead in its tracks: “Bipartisan efforts on a path forward are ongoing.”

Democrats are quick to blame Republicans for inaction on the Equality Act, but with Manchin withholding his support for the legislation they can’t even count on the entirety of their caucus to vote “yes” if it came to the floor. Progressives continue to advocate an end to the filibuster to advance legislation Biden has promised as part of his agenda, but even if they were to overcome headwinds and dismantle the institution needing 60 votes to advance legislation, the Equality Act would likely not have majority support to win approval in the Senate with a 50-50 party split.

The office of Manchin, who has previously said he couldn’t support the Equality Act over concerns about public schools having to implement the transgender protections applying to sports and bathrooms, hasn’t responded to multiple requests this year from the Blade on the legislation and didn’t respond to a request to comment for this article.

Meanwhile, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who declined to co-sponsor the Equality Act this year after having signed onto the legislation in the previous Congress, insisted through a spokesperson talks are still happening across the aisle despite the appearances the legislation is dead.

“There continues to be bipartisan support for passing a law that protects the civil rights of Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Annie Clark, a Collins spokesperson. “The Equality Act was a starting point for negotiations, and in its current form, it cannot pass. That’s why there are ongoing discussions among senators and stakeholders about a path forward.”

Let’s face it: Anti-LGBTQ forces have railroaded the debate by making the Equality Act about an end to women’s sports by allowing transgender athletes and danger to women in sex-segregated places like bathrooms and prisons. That doesn’t even get into resolving the issue on drawing the line between civil rights for LGBTQ people and religious freedom, which continues to be litigated in the courts as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected any day now to issue a ruling in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia to determine if foster care agencies can reject same-sex couples over religious objections.

For transgender Americans, who continue to report discrimination and violence at high rates, the absence of the Equality Act may be most keenly felt.

Mara Keisling, outgoing executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, disputed any notion the Equality Act is dead and insisted the legislation is “very much alive.”

“We remain optimistic despite misinformation from the opposition,” Keisling said. “NCTE and our movement partners are still working fruitfully on the Equality Act with senators. In fact, we are gaining momentum with all the field organizing we’re doing, like phone banking constituents to call their senators. Legislating takes time. Nothing ever gets through Congress quickly. We expect to see a vote during this Congress, and we are hopeful we can win.”

But one Democratic source said calls to members of Congress against the Equality Act, apparently coordinated by groups like the Heritage Foundation, have has outnumbered calls in favor of it by a substantial margin, with a particular emphasis on Manchin.

No stories are present in the media about same-sex couples being kicked out of a restaurant for holding hands or transgender people for using the restroom consistent with their gender identity, which would be perfectly legal in 25 states thanks to the patchwork of civil rights laws throughout the United States and inadequate protections under federal law.

Tyler Deaton, senior adviser for the American Unity Fund, which has bolstered the Republican-led Fairness for All Act as an alternative to the Equality Act, said he continues to believe the votes are present for a compromise form of the bill.

“I know for a fact there is a supermajority level of support in the Senate for a version of the Equality Act that is fully protective of both LGBTQ civil rights and religious freedom,” Deaton said. “There is interest on both sides of the aisle in getting something done this Congress.”

Deaton, however, didn’t respond to a follow-up inquiry on what evidence exists of agreeing on this compromise.

Biden has already missed the goal he campaigned on in the 2020 election to sign the Equality Act into law within his first 100 days in office. Although Biden renewed his call to pass the legislation in his speech to Congress last month, as things stand now that appears to be a goal he won’t realize for the remainder of this Congress.

Nor has the Biden administration made the Equality Act an issue for top officials within the administration as it pushes for an infrastructure package as a top priority. One Democratic insider said Louisa Terrell, legislative affairs director for the White House, delegated work on the Equality Act to a deputy as opposed to handling it herself.

To be sure, Biden has demonstrated support for the LGBTQ community through executive action at an unprecedented rate, signing an executive order on day one ordering federal agencies to implement the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year in Bostock v. Clayton County to the fullest extent possible and dismantling former President Trump’s transgender military ban. Biden also made historic LGBTQ appointments with the confirmation of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Rachel Levine as assistant secretary of health.

A White House spokesperson insisted Biden’s team across the board remains committed to the Equality Act, pointing to his remarks to Congress.

“President Biden has urged Congress to get the Equality Act to his desk so he can sign it into law and provide long overdue civil rights protections to LGBTQ+ Americans, and he remains committed to seeing this legislation passed as quickly as possible,” the spokesperson said. “The White House and its entire legislative team remains in ongoing and close coordination with organizations, leaders, members of Congress, including the Equality Caucus, and staff to ensure we are working across the aisle to push the Equality Act forward.”

But at least in the near-term, that progress will fall short of fulfilling the promise of updating federal civil rights law with the Equality Act, which will mean LGBTQ people won’t be able to rely on those protections when faced with discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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D.C. bill to ban LGBTQ panic defense delayed by Capitol security

Delivery of bill to Congress was held up due to protocols related to Jan. 6 riots



New fencing around the Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection prevented some D.C. bills from being delivered to the Hill for a required congressional review. (Blade file photo by Michael K. Lavers)

A bill approved unanimously last December by the D.C. Council to ban the so-called LGBTQ panic defense has been delayed from taking effect as a city law because the fence installed around the U.S. Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection prevented the law from being delivered to Congress.

According to Eric Salmi, communications director for D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), who guided the bill through the Council’s legislative process, all bills approved by the Council and signed by the D.C. mayor must be hand-delivered to Congress for a required congressional review.

“What happened was when the Capitol fence went up after the January insurrection, it created an issue where we physically could not deliver laws to Congress per the congressional review period,” Salmi told the Washington Blade.

Among the bills that could not immediately be delivered to Congress was the Bella Evangelista and Tony Hunter Panic Defense Prohibition and Hate Crimes Response Amendment Act of 2020, which was approved by the Council on a second and final vote on Dec. 15.

Between the time the bill was signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser and published in the D.C. Register under procedural requirements for all bills, it was not ready to be transmitted to Congress until Feb. 16, the Council’s legislative record for the bill shows.

Salmi said the impasse in delivering the bill to Congress due to the security fence prevented the bill from reaching Congress on that date and prevented the mandatory 60-day congressional review period for this bill from beginning at that time. He noted that most bills require a 30 legislative day review by Congress.

But the Evangelista-Hunter bill, named after a transgender woman and a gay man who died in violent attacks by perpetrators who attempted to use the trans and gay panic defense, includes a law enforcement related provision that under the city’s Home Rule Charter passed by Congress in the early 1970s requires a 60-day congressional review.

“There is a chance it goes into effect any day now, just given the timeline is close to being up,” Salmi said on Tuesday. “I don’t know the exact date it was delivered, but I do know the countdown is on,” said Salmi, who added, “I would expect any day now it should go into effect and there’s nothing stopping it other than an insurrection in January.”

If the delivery to Congress had not been delayed, the D.C. Council’s legislative office estimated the congressional review would have been completed by May 12.

A congressional source who spoke on condition of being identified only as a senior Democratic aide, said the holdup of D.C. bills because of the Capitol fence has been corrected.

“The House found an immediate workaround, when this issue first arose after the Jan. 6 insurrection,” the aide said.

“This is yet another reason why D.C. Council bills should not be subject to a congressional review period and why we need to grant D.C. statehood,” the aide said.

The aide added that while no disapproval resolution had been introduced in Congress to overturn the D.C. Evangelista-Hunter bill, House Democrats would have defeated such a resolution.

“House Democrats support D.C. home rule, statehood, and LGBTQ rights,” said the aide.

LGBTQ rights advocates have argued that a ban on using a gay or transgender panic defense in criminal trials is needed to prevent defense attorneys from inappropriately asking juries to find that a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression is to blame for a defendant’s criminal act, including murder.

Some attorneys have argued that their clients “panicked” after discovering the person against whom they committed a violent crime was gay or transgender, prompting them to act in a way they believed to be a form of self-defense.

In addition to its provision banning the LGBTQ panic defense, the Evangelista-Hunter bill includes a separate provision that strengthens the city’s existing hate crimes law by clarifying that hatred need not be the sole motivating factor for an underlying crime such as assault, murder, or threats to be prosecuted as a hate crime.

LGBTQ supportive prosecutors have said the clarification was needed because it is often difficult to prove to a jury that hatred is the only motive behind a violent crime. The prosecutors noted that juries have found defendants not guilty of committing a hate crime on grounds that they believed other motives were involved in a particular crime after defense lawyers argued that the law required “hate” to be the only motive in order to find someone guilty of a hate crime.

Salmi noted that while the hate crime clarification and panic defense prohibition provisions of the Evangelista-Hunter bill will become law as soon as the congressional review is completed, yet another provision in the bill will not become law after the congressional review because there are insufficient funds in the D.C. budget to cover the costs of implementing the provision.

The provision gives the D.C. Office of Human Rights and the Office of the D.C. Attorney General authority to investigate hate related discrimination at places of public accommodation. Salmi said the provision expands protections against discrimination to include web-based retailers or online delivery services that are not physically located in D.C.

“That is subject to appropriations,” Salmi said. “And until it is funded in the upcoming budget it cannot be legally enforced.”

He said that at Council member Allen’s request, the Council added language to the bill that ensures that all other provisions of the legislation that do not require additional funding – including the ban on use of the LGBTQ panic defense and the provision clarifying that hatred doesn’t have to be the sole motive for a hate crime – will take effect as soon as the congressional approval process is completed.

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D.C. man charged with 2020 anti-gay death threat rearrested

Defendant implicated in three anti-LGBTQ incidents since 2011



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A D.C. man arrested in August 2020 for allegedly threatening to kill a gay man outside the victim’s apartment in the city’s Adams Morgan neighborhood and who was released while awaiting trial was arrested again two weeks ago for allegedly threatening to kill another man in an unrelated incident.

D.C. Superior Court records show that Jalal Malki, who was 37 at the time of his 2020 arrest on a charge of bias-related attempts to do bodily harm against the gay man, was charged on May 4, 2021 with unlawful entry, simple assault, threats to kidnap and injure a person, and attempted possession of a prohibited weapon against the owner of a vacant house at 4412 Georgia Ave., N.W.

Court charging documents state that Malki was allegedly staying at the house without permission as a squatter. An arrest affidavit filed in court by D.C. police says Malki allegedly threatened to kill the man who owns the house shortly after the man arrived at the house while Malki was inside.

According to the affidavit, Malki walked up to the owner of the house while the owner was sitting in his car after having called police and told him, “If you come back here, I’m going to kill you.” While making that threat Malki displayed what appeared to be a gun in his waistband, but which was later found to be a toy gun, the affidavit says.

Malki then walked back inside the house minutes before police arrived and arrested him. Court records show that similar to the court proceedings following his 2020 arrest for threatening the gay man, a judge in the latest case ordered Malki released while awaiting trial. In both cases, the judge ordered him to stay away from the two men he allegedly threatened to kill.

An arrest affidavit filed by D.C. police in the 2020 case states that Malki allegedly made the threats inside an apartment building where the victim lived on the 2300 block of Champlain Street, N.W. It says Malki was living in a nearby building but often visited the building where the victim lived.

“Victim 1 continued to state during an interview that it was not the first time that Defendant 1 had made threats to him, but this time Defendant 1 stated that if he caught him outside, he would ‘fucking kill him.’” the affidavit says. It quotes the victim as saying during this time Malki repeatedly called the victim a “fucking faggot.”

The affidavit, prepared by the arresting officers, says that after the officers arrested Malki and were leading him to a police transport vehicle to be booked for the arrest, he expressed an “excited utterance” that he was “in disbelief that officers sided with the ‘fucking faggot.’”

Court records show that Malki is scheduled to appear in court on June 4 for a status hearing for both the 2020 arrest and the arrest two weeks ago for allegedly threatening to kill the owner of the house in which police say he was illegally squatting.

Superior Court records show that Malki had been arrested three times between 2011 and 2015 in cases unrelated to the 2021 and 2020 cases for allegedly also making threats of violence against people. Two of the cases appear to be LGBTQ related, but prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not list the cases as hate crimes.

In the first of the three cases, filed in July 2011, Malki allegedly shoved a man inside Dupont Circle and threatened to kill him after asking the man why he was wearing a purple shirt.

“Victim 1 believes the assault occurred because Suspect 1 believes Victim 1 is a homosexual,” the police arrest affidavit says.

Court records show prosecutors charged Malki with simple assault and threats to do bodily harm in the case. But the court records show that on Sept. 13, 2011, D.C. Superior Court Judge Stephen F. Eilperin found Malki not guilty on both charges following a non-jury trial.

The online court records do not state why the judge rendered a not guilty verdict. With the courthouse currently closed to the public and the press due to COVID-related restrictions, the Washington Blade couldn’t immediately obtain the records to determine the judge’s reason for the verdict.

In the second case, court records show Malki was arrested by D.C. police outside the Townhouse Tavern bar and restaurant at 1637 R St., N.W. on Nov. 7, 2012 for allegedly threatening one or more people with a knife after employees ordered Malki to leave the establishment for “disorderly behavior.”

At the time, the Townhouse Tavern was located next door to the gay nightclub Cobalt, which before going out of business two years ago, was located at the corner of 17th and R Streets, N.W.

The police arrest affidavit in the case says Malki allegedly pointed a knife in a threatening way at two of the tavern’s employees who blocked his path when he attempted to re-enter the tavern. The affidavit says he was initially charged by D.C. police with assault with a dangerous weapon – knife. Court records, however, show that prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office lowered the charges to two counts of simple assault. The records show that on Jan. 15, 2013, Malki pleaded guilty to the two charges as part of a plea bargain arrangement.

The records show that Judge Marissa Demeo on that same day issued a sentence of 30 days for each of the two charges but suspended all 30 days for both counts. She then sentenced Malki to one year of supervised probation for both charges and ordered that he undergo alcohol and drug testing and undergo treatment if appropriate.

In the third case prior to the 2020 and 2021 cases, court records show Malki was arrested outside the Cobalt gay nightclub on March 14, 2015 on multiple counts of simple assault, attempted assault with a dangerous weapon – knife, possession of a prohibited weapon – knife, and unlawful entry.

The arrest affidavit says an altercation started on the sidewalk outside the bar when for unknown reasons, Malki grabbed a female customer who was outside smoking and attempted to pull her toward him. When her female friend came to her aid, Malki allegedly got “aggressive” by threatening the woman and “removed what appeared to be a knife from an unknown location” and pointed it at the woman’s friend in a threatening way, the affidavit says.

It says a Cobalt employee minutes later ordered Malki to leave the area and he appeared to do so. But others noticed that he walked toward another entrance door to Cobalt and attempted to enter the establishment knowing he had been ordered not to return because of previous problems with his behavior, the affidavit says. When he attempted to push away another employee to force his way into Cobalt, Malki fell to the ground during a scuffle and other employees held him on the ground while someone else called D.C. police.

Court records show that similar to all of Malki’s arrests, a judge released him while awaiting trial and ordered him to stay away from Cobalt and all of those he was charged with threatening and assaulting.

The records show that on Sept. 18, 2015, Malki agreed to a plea bargain offer by prosecutors in which all except two of the charges – attempted possession of a prohibited weapon and simple assault – were dropped. Judge Alfred S. Irving Jr. on Oct. 2, 2015 sentenced Malki to 60 days of incarnation for each of the two charges but suspended all but five days, which he allowed Malki to serve on weekends, the court records show.

The judge ordered that the two five-day jail terms could be served concurrently, meaning just five days total would be served, according to court records. The records also show that Judge Irving sentenced Malki to one year of supervised probation for each of the two counts and ordered that he enter an alcohol treatment program and stay away from Cobalt.

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