3 NY Jewish groups condemn Pam Geller’s ‘savages’ ad in subways

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This just in. Three NY Jewish groups are combating the anti-Muslim ad campaign debuting in our subways next week. “Jewish Groups Condemn Ads Promoting Hate and Anti-Muslim Bigotry and Pledge to Challenge Islamophobia”:

Jews Against Islamophobia (JAI), a coalition of three Jewish organizations, condemns the hate-mongering ads, sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), that will begin appearing in New York City subway stations the last week of September. “During this period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which, for many Jews, is a time of reflection and introspection, we must recommit ourselves to standing up against these ads and all forms of Islamophobia,” pledged JAI member Marjorie Dove Kent, executive director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), one of JAI’s member groups.

The ad states: “In Any War Between the Civilized Man and the Savage, Support the Civilized Man.” Below that statement, it reads: “Support Israel, Defeat Jihad.” “This message denigrates Muslims, Palestinians, and other Arabs,” said JAI member Elly Bulkin. “Its use of the term ‘savages’ has resonance for all communities of color in this country that have faced a long history of racism and discrimination against them.”

The American Freedom Defense Initiative ad is part of a nationwide campaign to demonize Muslim and Arab Americans. The AFDI also funded an identical ad that ran this summer on San Francisco municipal buses, as well as an advertisement vilifying Islam that it placed on Metro-North train platforms in August. In both cases, a wide range of interfaith and civil rights groups came together to denounce the ads and to stand up for unity and solidarity. The AFDI’s Pamela Geller is co-founder of Stop the Islamization of America, identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. 

This anti-Muslim ad campaign takes place in the context of a post-9/11 atmosphere of fear, hate, and bigotry in the United States that targets Muslims, Arabs, Middle Easterners, Sikhs and other South Asians. The ads also come at a time of recent violent attacks and acts of harassment in New York City and across the country: the burning to the ground of a mosque in Missouri; the firing of an air rifle at the Muslim Education Center in Illinois while 500 people were praying; the throwing of a homemade bomb at a Muslim school in Illinois and a Muslim home in Florida; worshipers harassed by teenagers at a California mosque; and the vandalism and desecration of mosques, including recently on Staten Island. The hatred of Muslims expressed in these acts, along with anti-Sikh sentiment, created an atmosphere of hate, suspicion, and bigotry that contributed to the August attack by a white supremacist who killed six Sikhs at their gurudwara in suburban Milwaukee.

While the blatant Islamophobia in the ads is shocking, clearly anti-Muslim attitudes are also displayed by New York City Police Department (NYPD) policies, including police surveillance of Muslims that has flagrantly violated the community’s civil and human rights. These policies contribute to the atmosphere of Islamophobia in which people like Geller thrive. An NYPD intelligence official recently conceded that the NYPD widespread surveillance of the Muslim American community and infiltration of mosques had not uncovered a single criminal lead. As civil rights lawyer Alan Levine, also a member of JAI, recently wrote in the National Law Journal: “The Muslim community should not have to wait a day longer for city officials to abandon a practice that so flagrantly affronts principles of equal justice and religious freedom.”

People across New York City are joining the Muslim community to oppose these ads and to ensure that the rights of all our communities are fully protected and that no group is subjected to any form of harassment or racism. Jews Against Islamophobia pledges to be part of that movement for justice. As JAI member Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, noted, “Knowing too well from our history how harmful bigotry and vilification of any religious or ethnic group can be, we feel especially obligated to speak out against Islamophobia. We urge the rest of the Jewish community, and all communities, to join us.”

Jews Against Islamophobia (JAI) is a coalition of three groups: Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), and Jews Say No! (JSN!). http://www.jewsagainstislamophobia.org/

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  1. Woody Tanaka
    September 20, 2012, 4:25 pm

    Three cheers for the JAI.

  2. American
    September 20, 2012, 4:33 pm

    They should go a step further and put up their own ad on the same buses saying this Jewish group condemns the “Savage” Ad by the Pam Geller racist hate group.

  3. seafoid
    September 20, 2012, 5:44 pm

    In any war between the civilised man and the savage please ensure Pam Geller gets the psychiatric treatment she so badly needs.

  4. Mondowise
    September 20, 2012, 6:42 pm

    perfect! i love it! let jews in america expose the true savages: geller, for one…how apropos!

  5. bilal a
    September 20, 2012, 7:25 pm

    I like that Geller puts the Templars Hexagram Amulet on her ads as does Israel on its bombs. “In Medieval Jewish, Christian and Islamic legends, the Seal of Solomon was a magical signet ring said to have been possessed by King Solomon, which variously gave him the power to command demons, genies (or jinni), or to speak with animals.”.[wiki]Those of us who admire non-zionist Judaism recognize its distinction from such.

    From the jewish Encjopedia:

    The Jewish view of God, which permitted no images of Him, was and still is opposed to the acceptance of any symbols, and neither the Bible nor the Talmud recognizes their existence….It is probable that it was the Cabala that derived the symbol from the Templars (see Vajda in “Magyar Zsidó Szemle,” xvii. 314 et seq.; German reprint in Grunwald’s “Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Jüdische Volkskunde,” x. 138 et seq.). The Cabala, in fact, makes use of this sign, arranging the Ten Sefirot, or spheres, in it, and placing it on amulets (see illustrations, Jew. Encyc. i. 181, 550; iii. 475).


    • Blake
      September 21, 2012, 6:15 am

      Correct, Zionism is a 100% creation of the House of Rothschilds who could not care one iota about the Jewish people. The Rothschilds funded early Jewish settlers, terrorist gangs & its Knesset/Supreme Court with its black magic occult symbols. Rothschild comes from the German ‘red shield’ & Meyer Amstel Bayer changed his name to Rothschild because he had a red hexagram flag in his home in Frankfurt. Where is this hexagram now? On the flag of “Israel”.

  6. southernobserver
    September 20, 2012, 8:34 pm

    Good to see that Geller is triggering a vigorous response. Why is this called islamophobia by the way? As opposed to say anti-islamacism? or anti-muslimism?

    • manfromatlan
      September 21, 2012, 9:12 am

      Good question. Islamophobia sounds quite innocent, doesn’t it, like a fear of something. Now anti-Islamism, is too close to anti-Semitism. Musn’t posit equivalencies, I guess.

      Now Islamofascism, that’s a good punchy word, and when I challenged the ‘liberal’ Toronto Star on their use of it an editor said “oh it’s now in common usage and everybody knows what that means”.

  7. Scott
    September 20, 2012, 10:17 pm

    When will Foxman weigh in? I don’t doubt that he will, he really can’t avoid it and proclaim himself a foe of bigotry.

  8. yrn
    September 21, 2012, 6:11 am

    ok A shande, but still its going to be published everywhere.
    While combating (loved the powerfull word), will stay on thier website

  9. Blake
    September 21, 2012, 8:20 am

    Wonder if NYC council will run counter ads the way Muni did in SF back in August?

  10. Bing Bong
    September 21, 2012, 10:16 am

    You’re allowed to use the term Yid around here?

    • Woody Tanaka
      September 21, 2012, 11:31 am

      “You’re allowed to use the term Yid around here?”

      You’re the only one who does, apparently.

      • Philip Weiss
        September 21, 2012, 11:57 am

        no he rightly pointed out that it had been used in an otherwise-ok comment submitted earlier; and i trashed that one…

      • Woody Tanaka
        September 21, 2012, 12:01 pm

        Okay. Fair enough.

      • Bing Bong
        September 22, 2012, 4:41 am

        You’re welcome.

  11. Sin Nombre
    September 21, 2012, 10:19 am

    Scott wrote:

    “When will Foxman weigh in?”

    Right, that’s considering this in its right context. When, say, the jewish reaction against this “savages” business reaches even 1/2 of the reaction it would if jews were described as, say, greedy, *then* okay, that would be saying something. Otherwise with anything less how come this shouldn’t be regarded as utterly meaningless tokenism? Just as, say, an employer’s excuse would be if charged with anti-semitic discrimination when they trotted out that they employed one jew … in a workforce of one million?

  12. Blake
    September 21, 2012, 1:28 pm

    Just found out even the ADL consider Pam Geller a hate speech provoker

  13. DICKERSON3870
    September 21, 2012, 4:25 pm

    RE: “The ad states: In Any War Between the Civilized Man and the Savage, Support the Civilized Man. . . . This message denigrates Muslims, Palestinians, and other Arabs, said JAI member Elly Bulkin. Its use of the term ‘savages’ has resonance for all communities of color in this country that have faced a long history of racism and discrimination against them.” ~ Jews Against Islamophobia (JAI)

    MY COMMENT: Yes, the use of the term ‘savages’ reminds me of some of the things said by Georgia’s notorious white supremacist, J.B. Stoner.

    FROM WIKIPEDIA [J.B. Stoner]:

    (EXCERPTS) Jesse Benjamin “J.B.” Stoner (April 13, 1924 – April 23, 2005) was an American segregationist who was convicted in 1980 of the bombing in 1958 of the Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.[1]
    He was a founder and long-time chairman of the National States’ Rights Party and publisher of its newsletter, “The Thunderbolt”. Stoner unsuccessfully attempted to run as a Democrat for several political offices in order to promote his white supremacist agenda. . .
    . . . Stoner once said that “being a Jew [should] be a crime punishable by death”.[1] He ran the National States’ Rights Party, which attracted such fringe political figures as A. Roswell Thompson, a perennial Democratic candidate for governor of Louisiana and mayor of New Orleans. . .
    . . . Stoner ran for governor of Georgia in 1970. During this campaign, where he called himself the “candidate of love”, he described Hitler as “too moderate,” black people as an extension of the ape family, and Jews as “vipers of hell.”[1] The primary was won by civil rights supporter and future President Jimmy Carter. Stoner then ran for the United States Senate in 1972, finishing fifth in the Democratic Party primary with just over 40,000 votes. The nomination and election went to Sam Nunn.
    During his Senate campaign, the FCC ruled that television stations had to play his ads due to the fairness doctrine. His ads included the word “ni**er.”
    . . .
    Stoner also ran for lieutenant governor in 1974 . . .
    . . . In his 1974 lieutenant governor campaign, Stoner placed signs on the Macon Transit Company buses, which Mayor Thompson ordered removed. Stoner promptly went to federal court to secure the return of his paid signs under his First Amendment protection. . .

    SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._B._Stoner

    • Stoner as chairman of the National States’ Rights Party – http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&sa=N&biw=1722&bih=1081&tbm=isch&tbnid=e5ZavM20JP_JYM:&imgrefurl=http://grumblesfromanoldgrouch.com/under-construction-eta/&docid=3-GnwDPRq_zhDM&imgurl=http://grumblesfromanoldgrouch.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/ol-Stoney.jpg&w=349&h=485&ei=DT01UMOiOYb49QT__IDoDA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=400&vpy=103&dur=1537&hovh=265&hovw=189&tx=113&ty=139&sig=108313880650733849730&page=1&tbnh=115&tbnw=81&start=0&ndsp=61&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0,i:80
    • “Don’t Tread on Me”, St. Augustine, FL (1964) – http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&sa=N&biw=1722&bih=1081&tbm=isch&tbnid=JPRmW6WkwPUm_M:&imgrefurl=http://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2011_11_06_archive.html&docid=U7Q9lsMwxABoEM&imgurl=http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SO7jZSI-5Ig/Trx4Bn_wwII/AAAAAAAAA0Q/Hplr3QHGF-k/s1600/2169633.jpg&w=473&h=300&ei=DT01UMOiOYb49QT__IDoDA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=610&vpy=391&dur=5142&hovh=178&hovw=282&tx=142&ty=95&sig=108313880650733849730&page=1&tbnh=108&tbnw=145&start=0&ndsp=61&ved=1t:429,r:29,s:0,i:163
    • “I thank God all the time for AIDS” – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeghouse/6804711946/

    • DICKERSON3870
      September 21, 2012, 4:37 pm


      SEE: “David Yerushalmi, Islam-Hating White Supremacist Inspires Anti-Sharia Bills Sweeping Tea Party Nation, by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam,

      [EXCERPTS] You’ve gotta hand it to David Yerushalmi. Until now, I can’t recall a Jew who’s ever been called a white supremacist before (actually now that I think of it, I called him a Jewish white supremacist way back in 2007). Thanks to him, we now can. . .
      . . . I’m referring to an eye-opening expose in Mother Jones about the inspiration the Jewish extremist is offering for the anti-Muslim legal initiatives that are sweeping the south after the victory of one such campaign in Oklahoma a few months ago. . .
      . . . One of the most delicious phrases used to describe the Jewish anti-jihadi is “white supremacist,” to which I say: if the shoe fits…I’ve also called him a Jewish fascist. But white supremacist will do just as well.
      As Murphy notes, this is a guy who endorses the principle that “Caucasians” are superior to blacks and that Jewish liberals are a cancer in the U.S. body politic. The nearest Jewish “intellectual” antecedent I can determine would be Meir Kahane. But Yerushalmi’s views are far more radical than Kahane’s. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2011/03/02/david-yerushalmi-islam-hating-white-supremacist/

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