On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah, we talk to Alex DiBranco [Twitter], the founder and executive director of the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism, which provides in-depth research and timely analysis of misogynist mobilization, ideology, and violence to support media, activists, and other researchers. Alex has written a number of articles for Political Research Associates (most recently on the subject of The First Anti-Feminist Massacre: A Reckoning with Misogynist Terrorism on the 30th Anniversary of the Montreal Mass Shooting), was interviewed by The Humanist in October last year and last month for NBC on the subject of Roy Den Hollander, ‘the men’s rights lawyer suspected of killing the son of a federal judge and wounding her husband … a self-described “anti-feminist” who wrote thousands of online posts and self-published a 1,700-word book describing his unabashed hatred of women’. See also : Inside the Violent and Misogynistic World of Roy Den Hollander, Nicole Hong, Mihir Zaveri and William K. Rashbaum, The New York Times, July 26, 2020.
See also : “Old Man Yells at Facebook” (July 31, 2020) | Here’s How Muslim Women In Australia Have Been Targeted By The Far Right (‘It’s not only sexism and it’s not only racism, and it’s not only Islamophobia, but it’s an amplification of all those phenomena’), Gina Rushton and Mark Di Stefano, Buzzfeed, March 26, 2019 | Quotations From Chairman Blair Cottrell (July 27, 2015).
4.30pm, Thursday, August 6, 2020 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website
Avi Yemini’s ex-wife reveals personal toll of his assault and harassment
Moorabbin Glen Eira Leader
July 30, 2019
The former wife of far-right activist Avi Yemini has broken down in court as she read out her victim impact statement after he was sentenced on unlawful assault and harassment charges.
His former wife wept as she described how Yemini, real first name Avraham, had “broken her spirit”, and “destroyed her self-worth” with his “torment”.
She said she “lived in a state of uncertainty”, felt anxious all the time and had panic attacks, and had to regularly see a counsellor.
Yemini showed no emotion as he was convicted and fined on charges of unlawful assault, using a carriage service to harass on three occasions and breaching a personal safety order at Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court this morning.
The 33-year-old from Berwick had earlier pleaded guilty to throwing a chopping board that hit his victim on her head while she prepared dinner in their Caulfield North home, and texting her vile and explicit messages.
The chopping board incident, which left her with a lump on her forehead, happened in March 2016, while the three harassing messages, which included calling her a “P.O.S” and a “c***”, occurred between July 2017 and November 2018.
The breach order relates to another person and not his former wife after Yemini failed to take down an online video as ordered by the court.
Yemini’s former wife said she had tried to leave him eight times but couldn’t go through with it.
“It was like I didn’t exist as a human being, I was just a vessel for his hatred”, she said.
“He terrorised me. I can’t imagine how it will be possible for me to have a relationship in the future.”
She said he also blamed her for the assault.
“What I will never forget is that he didn’t flinch when it happened”, she said.
“He didn’t ask if I was okay. He just walked by; I was left to tend to my own injuries and finish making the dinner.”
The former Israel Defence Force soldier has a large Facebook following under his page Avi Yemini Unbanned and has tens of thousands of fans on Twitter.
Yemini’s defence lawyer Deborah Mandie said he had already been “destroyed” in the media even though he was a “cleanskin” with no priors.
“The digital material has been absolutely brutal about my client”, Ms Mandie said.
“It’s become almost a meme, humiliating my client over and over. This is part of the punishment he is wearing for the matter.”
At a previous hearing Ms Mandie said Yemini didn’t intend to hit his wife with the chopping board, and it was an isolated incident across 10 years of a volatile relationship.
Magistrate Charles Tan said Yemini may have “paid a price” through the publicity surrounding the case, but he was there to sentence on the charges, not the community reaction.
He said Yemini’s former wife’s own words showed she felt distressed, humiliated and terrified by Yemini’s actions, and they could “not be described as of a trivial nature”.
“It was offending against a female in her own home, involving her suffering an injury”, Mr Tan said.
He thanked her for her bravery in reading our her statement, which she said she wanted to be made public.
Yemini was convicted and fined a total of $3600.