Daly arrived in Israel in 1997 not as an immigrant but as a refugee, spirited
out of the United States in an emergency operation conducted by the Jewish
Agency. This was the conclusion of one of the largest Hate Crimes cases in the
history of Florida. In 1990 John became a ranking member of a neo-Nazi
Skinhead organization. When they
found out that he was Jewish he was attacked and left for dead.
He pressed charges against all of them and was the first person to use
Florida's new Hate Crimes Law. Due to his high level in the organization, the
police felt that they could not protect him so he lived in hiding yet
continued the fight against them. All were sent to prison and once that was
accomplished, he moved to Israel. >
can click here to listen to his full story as told to the Jerusalem Post
in Israel knowing absolutely no Hebrew at all, to university student within
the time frame of one year. Now,
a graduate of Bar-Ilan University (www.biu.ac.il), majoring in Sociology
with a double minor- Political Science and Judaic Studies.
politically, John has been busy with Likud Youth leadership, local and
national elections, the Soldiers' Benevolent Association, World Union of
Jewish Students, National Union of Israeli Students and is the only white
member of an Ethiopian council that is working to solidify their position in
Israeli society. He has set up a network of Argentinean professionals in the
South of Israel to try and help them start getting better absorbed into the
well as being elected to the post of Vice President of Bar-Ilanís Ashkelon
branch student union, the first immigrant to ever hold a political post of
that stature within such a short time frame.
Amazing Experience with Anti-Semitism
Due to the far-reaching tentacles of the hate groups that tried to
take Johnís life, initially law enforcement was reticent to get involved
with his case for fear of their own safety! The Anti Defamation League (ADL)
came to the rescue with the prosecutors all being members of Full Gospel
Businessmen's Fellowship International (FGBMFI).
When the trials ended they realized that it seemed to be mostly
children from good, Christian backgrounds that grew up to be neo-Nazis.
As a result, FGBMFI began to set up speaking engagements so
parents and kids could hear John explain the danger of this type of
involvement. He spoke in numerous schools, churches, synagogues and
universities as well as other public forums in conjunction with the ADL and
various Christian groups.
John wrestled with his experience it turned into an intense desire to try
and understand more about what separated Judaism and Christianity. This led
to a devoted study of the Judaic as found within the New Testament.
He felt that if Christians were to know more about their Jewish
Messiah then they would be more prone to be pro-Israel and not anti-Semitic.
settling in Israel, John has appeared in all of the major press (English,
Russian and Hebrew) as well as lecturing in local high schools, tour groups,
visiting American diplomats and government officials. He is very articulate
as he shares his story and the plight of the Jewish people around the world
with the rise of anti-Semitism.
continues to be a bridge between the Jew & the Christian.
He has dedicated his life in an effort to build trust between the two
religions that fought to keep him alive.
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