Islamophobia takes the A train….

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The Pamela Geller ads saying that Americans should side with Israel over the “savage”– Muslim Jihadis– are up in New York subway stations now, and stirring controversy. NPR did a good report on the campaign this afternoon, featuring a Palestinian Muslim who objected to the characterizations inside the Times Square station. Also quoting Pamela Geller, miss innocence herself. Nothing against the good Muslims! As Mustafa Bayoumi said (on Law and Disorder, and in The Nation), the statistics for terrorist activity among American Muslims are negligible– 100 alleged incidents in a population of 3 million over the last 10 years. Yet today we are seeing a national security narrative of fear of Muslims– born in ignorance of Muslim ways after 9/11– morph into a cultural narrative of otherness/difference/danger. Bayoumi’s co-editor on that Nation double issue, Lizzy Ratner, says it’s an American panic that even Democrats have fostered; and it’s time for all Americans of conscience to stand up against this tide of hatred and marginalization. More to come…

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  1. HemiFaulk says:

    The keen queen spends the mean green. Her ignorance was proved beyond doubt when she commented on not understanding Jews that don’t vote like her, suggesting a belief that all Jews are cut from the same cloth and possess the exact same ideology and beliefs. Her attitudes and views bear a resemblance to National Socialism circa 1930s.

    • Les says:

      Geller would have been a recipient of the commemorative coins that Goebbels had minted in 1937 with the Star of David on one side and the Swastika on the other to celebrate the collaboration of the Nazis and Germany’s Zionists.

  2. Bumblebye says:

    The story has enough traction that bbcR4 had the Geller on the 10pm news tonight, debating her issues with an Ahmaddiya muslim.
    (Aww, it’s all her fault that mini feline myrtle jest fell off the desk!)

  3. piotr says:

    Geller is fully aware that most Jews in USA do not think like her. But she knows how people should think. Jews “cut from a different cloth” are wrong, and some of them can be redeemed and some cannot.

    It was very interesting to read comments to link to ynetnews.com
    Most comments seem to be made by Jews living in USA. Incidentally, this is a very vehement article that describes Obama’s program as I would advise it to be, which, sadly, is very distant from what I expect.

  4. bilal a says:

    Fascinating how Geller will make the Shield of Solomon cabbalistic hexagram , also engraved onto Israeli bombs, a symbol not of the Jewish Religion, but of Hate and Supremacism. She’s put a hex on American Judaism. And this symbol will become as notorious and despized as the Swastica.

  5. tombishop says:

    Islamophobia and anti-Semitism are interconnected.

    Jews Control Economy, Claims Washington Post Op-Ed Author Who Bashes Islam Too

    from Talk to Action
    link to talk2action.org

    • Well, I hate to say it, but is that so different than what Philip Weiss says? He has stated that he senses that Jews are the motor of America’s economy. Is that anti-Semitic?

      No, of course not. It could be framed as such, but it’s no more anti-Semitic than opposition to Assad is inherently anti-Alawite. I have to say, I’m not entirely fond of a term like Islamophobia either. Let’s be frank about it – Geller doesn’t hate Islam so much as she hates that devout Muslims tend to oppose Zionism. After all, if her Christian fundamentalist friends shook off their fashionable Christian Zionism, she’d be just as happy to demonize them as well. And indeed, liberal Zionists do make a sport out of denigrating the Christian right, and indeed Christianity in general.

      Thus, the American populace is exposed to right-wing “Islamophobia” and left-wing assaults on Christian fundamentalism. Anything except forthright critiques of right-wing Jewish nationalism, i.e. Zionism and neoconservatism properly understood.

    • Dude, do you have any self awareness? This blog right here talks about Jewish elite economic, political and cultural power in the US, and the international conspiracy of Jews in Israel and the US which control US policy.

      • bilal a says:

        Zionism was, and is, a useful ideology for implantation of a mainly eastern european population into the Arabic middle east, splitting it geographically and politically, an unsinkable aircraft carrier ensuring war and oil price profit dividends for decades to come. Its birth, and lefespan, have depended entirely on western support, overwhelimingly, non-jewish support. And the rabbis who as a majority once opposed Zionism for its weakening effect on the religion, have been proved right. Judaism, of Jewish Identity Politcs more appropriately, has changed from a religious identity to a nationalistic cult divorced from its religious origins. But or course Jewish associated financial interests have benefitted from its existence . The unwritten story of the international narcotics, human traficking , and weapons trade emanating from Israel; and its ties to transnational financial interests, Israeli defense firms, shadowy terrorist networks such as MEK, international gambling-gaming, all of these remains a matter of speculation.

        So wehn we talk about pro Zionist Hollywood, Wall Street, Big Oil, Big Pharma, we are not talking about the aipac Lobby, but indeed the entire shadow government of the sick and decaying western Judeo-Christian majority states.

  6. Citizen says:

    On CSPAN now, Jewish Vote in Campaign 2012 is the topic, a panel discussion at Fordham U with Ed Koch & Rep Bob Turner, NY, Dist 9:

    Q & A time:

    Q: Holding out olive branch to Egypt and giving stuff to Israel under the table? Is there any other foreign policy?
    A: Not much.

    Q: Should jewish population be happy with Hagee type sort? Evangelical end time not good for Jews….?

    A: EK: I think the evangelicals are terrific. If there’s a report the Messiah is here, seek him out, and ask him if he’s Jewish–if so, is it your 1st or second visit? If 1st, they should convert, if 2nd, jews should convert.

    A: BT: What’s coming out of Iran is far more frightening than what’s coming out of Alabama.

    Q: R U, EK supporting Obama?

    A: EK: Yes, democrats are better on all the other issues than GOP, and I hope to move Obama to my stance on Israel.

    A: BT: When US joint military exercise with Israel was postponed, it was a real shock in Israel.
    Q It’s said jewish vote won’t make much of a difference.

    A: It’s a matter of opinion.

    Q: Re Holocaust: Since there was ample evidence of Nazi intent B4 Holocaust, why don’t enough folks now see we are repeating this in the Arab world? Young American Jews don’t know history?

    A: EK: Jews and Christians need to see the Muslims want them to convert or else. Muslims believe if they die killing you, they go to heaven and have great sex. Mufti of Jerusalem said Muhammed said, “Look behind the tree, a Jew! Kill him!” But nobody took him seriously, and so today nobody is taking Iran, Muslims seriously.

    Q: Given Obama’s record, how can you put him in office again?

    A: EK: When election is over, & Obama can’t run again, will his prior comittment to Israel be kept? I believe he is honorable man, and he will keep it.

    Q: Iran general said if Israel attacks Iran, Iran will see it as US attack & attack US assets…?

    A: EK: Does not shock me. If Iranians are willing to kill Jews, they will also kill Americans. Israel only has a few three or so nuclear bombs, but US has many.

    A: BT: US has assets all over the world, if there is an attack we better be prepared.

    Q: If attack on Iran is attack on US, shouldn’t we already attack Iran?

    A: EK: Obama, US will decide for itself when Iran will get the bomb.

    Q: What can Congress do to prevent Obama from more groveling in Cairo and sending B-day card to Iran President?

    A: BT: Congress can limit appropriations.

    Q: What can we do like Canada did in shutting down its Iranian embassy? To shut Iran out of the UN?

    A: EK: Iran has the support of at least 40 countries at UN. We pay dues to UN but we don’t control of it other than with our UN SC veto. You are spinning your wheels.

    A: BT: This is United Nations redeux. It’s against Western Civilization, and we should recognize UN as such.

    • Woody Tanaka says:

      “Since there was ample evidence of Nazi intent B4 Holocaust, why don’t enough folks now see we are repeating this in the Arab world?”

      Anyone who actually thinks this is a flaming moron. Really.

      “Jews and Christians need to see the Muslims want them to convert or else. Muslims believe if they die killing you, they go to heaven and have great sex. ”

      What a bigot Ed Koch is. You New Yorkers have a lot to apologize to America for, for electing this person. He’s David Duke with a yarmulke.

  7. RE: “The Pamela Geller ads saying that Americans should side with Israel over the ‘savage’ — Muslim Jihadis — are up in New York subway stations now, and stirring controversy.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: I am reminded of the era when Georgia’s notorious white supremacist J.B. Stoner loved to stir up controversy with his racist ads!

    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 earned a law degree, and served as the attorney for James Earl Ray . . .
    . . . 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 – link to en.wikipedia.org

    P.S. PHOTOS OF J.B. STONER:
    • Stoner as chairman of the National States’ Rights Party - link to google.com
    • “Don’t Tread on Me”, St. Augustine, FL (1964) - link to google.com
    • “I thank God all the time for AIDS” - link to flickr.com

    P.S. THE WAY WE WERE (CIRCA 1939); LEST WE FORGET – link to mondoweiss.net
    • Nelson Eddy sings Shortnin Bread 13.09.1939.wmv (VIDEO, 02:39) – link to youtube.com

    • P.P.S. SPEAKING OF WHITE SUPREMACIST (ATTORNEY) J.B. STONER, HERE IS SOME INFO ABOUT PAMELA GELLER’S VERY OWN ‘TEA PARTYING’, “WHITE SUPREMACIST” ATTORNEY.

      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 – link to richardsilverstein.com

    • P.P.P.S. I dearly wish I could say that I feel embarrassed (and/or ashamed) to be an “American”, but I really can’t say that because I’m way beyond feeling embarrassed (and/or ashamed). In fact, I’m way beyond feeling. I’m finally numb. Uncomfortably numb! ! !
      David Gilmour & David Bowie – Comfortably Numb [VIDEO, 08:40] – link to youtube.com
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      P.P.P.P.S. AN EARLY AUTUMN EVENING’S MUSICAL INTERLUDE sponsored by the makers of new Ziocaine Über-Xtreme®: It’s guaran-damn-teed to blow your effing mind!™

      Johnny’s in America
      No tricks at the wheel
      Nobody needs anyone
      They don’t even just pretend
      Johnny’s in America . . .

      . . . Johnny wants a plane
      Johnny wants to suck on a Coke
      Johnny wants a woman
      Johnny wants to think of a joke
      Johnny’s in America . . .

      . . . I’m afraid of Americans
      I’m afraid of the world
      I’m afraid I can’t help it
      I’m afraid I can’t
      I’m afraid of Americans . . .

      . . . God is an American
      God is an American . . . ~ from the 1997 CD “Earthling”

      • David Bowie (feat Nine Inch Nails): I’m Afraid Of Americans (VIDEO, 04:24) – link to youtube.com

  8. RE: “The Pamela Geller ads saying that Americans should side with Israel over the ‘savage’ — Muslim Jihadis — are up in New York subway stations . . .” ~ Weiss

    SEE: “How the Power of Myth Keeps Us Mired in War”, by Ira Chernus, TomDispatch.com, 01/20/11

    [EXCERPT] “. . . White Americans, going back to early colonial times, generally assigned the role of ‘bad guys’ to ‘savages’ lurking in the wilderness beyond the borders of our civilized land. Whether they were redskins, commies, terrorists, or the Taliban, the plot has always remained the same.
    Call it the myth of national security — or, more accurately, national insecurity, since it always tells us who and what to fear.
    It’s been a mighty (and mighty effective) myth. . .”

    SOURCE – link to commondreams.org

    • P.S. ALSO SEE: “Israel’s Defense Chief OK’s Hundreds of Israeli Deaths”, By Ira Chernus, CommonDreams.org, 11/11/11

      [EXCERPT] . . . An essential motive of Zionism from its beginning was a fierce desire to end the centuries of Jewish weakness, to show the world that Jews would no longer be pushed around , that they’d fight back and prove themselves tougher than their enemies. There was more to Zionism than that. But the “pride through strength” piece came to dominate the whole project. Hence the massive Israeli military machine with its nuclear arsenal.
      But you can’t prove that you’re stronger than your enemies unless you’ve also got enemies — or at least believe you’ve got enemies — to fight against. So there has to be a myth of Israel’s insecurity, fueled by an image of vicious anti-semites lurking somewhere out there, for Zionism to work. Since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Iran has gradually risen to the top of Israel oh-so-necessary enemies list. Iranophobia is rampant in Israel, as one Israeli scholar writes, because “Israel needs an existential threat.”
      Anyone who has grown up in Israel, or in the U.S. Jewish community (as I did), and paid attention knows all this. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – link to commondreams.org

      ALSO SEE – “Iranophobia: The Panic of the Hegemons”, by Ira Chernus, Tikkun Magazine, November/December 2010
      LINK – link to tikkun.org

  9. bilal a says:

    It is a mistake to think of Geller as an outlier, she is mainstream Jewish American, despite the denials of some organizations. Her attorney is a Zionist Org of America LA chair Steve Goldberg who may be the same Goldberg mentioned(by davis-Garcia) as producer of the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ trailer made in LA>

    “Geller, who is Jewish, had been set to address the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) with a speech titled “Islamic Jew Hatred: The Root Cause of the Failure to Achieve Peace.” …According to ZOA National Vice Chairman Steven Goldberg, who said he spoke with Los Angeles’ Federation President Jay Sanderson early on the morning of June 24, the reason for the cancellation was fear that local Muslim groups might protest outside the building.

    “They need spinal implants,” Goldberg said of Federation leaders, noting the absence of protesters.”

    link to jewishjournal.com