Democrat Eliot Engel appears at pro-Israel rally featuring anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller

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Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller was a speaker (see the video above) at a pro-Israel rally in New York City Sunday that also featured Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat. Engel’s presence at a rally that invited Geller, a blogger and activist whose bread and butter is casting aspersions on Muslims, raised eyebrows on Twitter and elsewhere.

Eliot Engel speaks a rally in support of Israel's assault on Gaza. (Photo: Jacob Kornbluh/Twitter)

Eliot Engel speaks a rally in support of Israel’s assault on Gaza. (Photo: Jacob Kornbluh/Twitter)

Engel is a liberal Congressional Democrat, though he is a hawk on foreign policy issues. Geller is a far-right anti-Muslim blogger whose organization Stop Islamization of America was labeled a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Geller has called President Barack Obama “a muhammadan” and floated theories that Obama is the child of Malcolm X and was involved with a “crack whore.” And she is allied with Tea Party groups.

But those stark political differences melt away when it comes to showing up to support Israel’s assault on Gaza. Engel’s and Geller’s speeches were delivered to a rally featuring hundreds of people chanting things like “Israel wants peace, Hamas wants war” and “We are the Jews and we are not afraid.” The show of support for the Israeli assault on Gaza, which has killed at least 375 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians, was reportedly organized by local New York Jews.

Here’s more footage of the rally from VIN News:

“I urge you to stand with Israel today,” Geller said at the rally. “But if you don’t, the devil will be at your doorstep tomorrow. Am Yisrael Chai!”

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An advertisement put up by Pamela Geller’s organization, Stop Islamization of America. (Photo: Reuters)

Geller is a staunch advocate for Israel, and has repeatedly created controversies by buying ad space in cities and putting up inflammatory anti-Muslim messages on them. One ad she has put up in New York and elsewhere reads: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.” Below those words and in between two Stars of David, the advertisement read: “Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” She repeated that message at the rally.

Engel’s ardent support for Israel has lead him to appear alongside right-wing figures in other venues. In 2008, Engel came under criticism from progressives for speaking at the Christians United for Israel conference.

35 Responses

  1. a blah chick
    July 21, 2014, 9:24 am

    Notice that second picture? I wonder if the photographer waited until the word “bodies” appeared over Engel to take it. Clever.

    Meanwhile, over at 972mag, a “scholar” of Arabic literature (?) advises the Golani boys to take it up a notch. Take it away Dr. Mordechai Keidar:

    “A terrorist, like those who kidnapped the boys and killed them, the only thing that will deter them, is if they know that either their sister or mother will be raped if they are caught. What can we do? This is the culture that we live in…”

    What CAN you do? I hear ya buddy, and I’m sure that once the Hamas boys learn that the Israelis are coming to rape their womenfolk they’ll all surrender en masse.

    • Kay24
      July 21, 2014, 9:47 am

      We still do not know the real story to the horrible murders of these 3 Israeli kids,
      but we sure know that the human animals who killed young Mohammed Khdeir, so violently, and supposed to be in Israel’s custody, are typical terrorists, who killed this young kid in such a gruesome way. I wonder if this so called scholar, forgot to mention the brutality of this crime.

      • ckg
        July 21, 2014, 10:08 am

        As we predicted a few days ago, the adult suspect in the Mohammed Abu Khdeir murder will plead “temporary insanity.” From Haaretz [premium]:

        Ben David does suffer from the mental condition known as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), which is stipulated in the indictment against him. About 18 months ago, he told a psychiatrist who was treating him that he sometimes had thoughts of murdering his baby daughter, and even attempted to do so once by strangulation. He was arrested after admitting this to the psychiatrist, though was released into a rehabilitative program and not charged with any crimes.

        A defense lawyer provided for Ben David by Zionist legal aid organization Honenu stated that his defense will be pleading temporary insanity at the time of the murder. This line of defense will be contested by the prosecution, however, due to the intricate planning of the murder.

      • just
        July 21, 2014, 10:19 am

        Sounds like he belongs in an asylum already……. jeepers.

      • a blah chick
        July 21, 2014, 10:38 am

        “Sounds like he belongs in an asylum already”

        He is in an asylum, it’s called Israel.

      • Citizen
        July 21, 2014, 11:02 am

        There were about a dozen attempted kidnapping of Palestinian youth by Israeli Jews but the others were prevented by alert Palestinian neighborhoods.

      • just
        July 21, 2014, 12:04 pm

        good point, as usual.

        seriously though, would you want him around the house or the neighborhood?
        if he was deemed safe enough to be around kith and kin, then it seems absurd to try to use this as a defense strategy. but, as you kindly reminded me, it IS Israel.

      • Kay24
        July 21, 2014, 11:11 am

        This is how one of Israel’s faithful loyalists in NJ responds to letters by his constituents asking to make a stand for the Kdheir family:

        ” Thank you for contacting me to express your concern over the abhorrent incident regarding 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir, a U.S. citizen. Your opinion is very important to me, and I appreciate the opportunity to respond.

        I was exceptionally dismayed to hear about the mistreatment of Tariq Abu Khdeir. I expect Israel to give Mr. Khdeir’s situation the full, thorough and timely investigation that he deserves. I also urge the U.S. State Department to provide Mr. Khdeir the support he is entitled to as a U.S. citizen. I am closely monitoring the events unfolding in Israel and my thoughts and prayers are for the safety of all innocent civilians during this difficult and dangerous time.

        Israel is a long-standing U.S. partner that shares our democratic values, including primacy of the rule of the law. In that spirit, I expect Israeli authorities to fully and impartially investigate all instances of excessive force by the police such as Mr. Khdeir’s”.

        Wow, I did not know that Israel shares our “democratic values” including primacy of the rule of law, right now they are violating many international laws, and making this poor kid’s brutal beating look like child’s play.
        But then they are defending themselves now aren’t they? Defending themselves from menacing civilians, the majority who have been massacred.

      • Citizen
        July 21, 2014, 11:38 am

        So how about all those US politicians who’ve been telling us for decades Israel is our closest, best ally–even though we don’t even have a mutual military support pact with Israel? The US actually offered one, but Israel refused because it would have had to define its borders and instate a Constitution–it chose instead to refuse since it nevertheless got every perk possible the US can give a foreign state–with no cost or risk to its own independence.

      • Daniel Rich
        July 21, 2014, 2:22 pm

        @ckg,

        Ben David does suffer from a mental condition better known as the ‘I Suffocate Rational Amendments Even Livid’ ones [ISRAEL] and due to its sociopath nature and grand tendencies to dislodge itself from any sort of individual responsibility, we should not shun this 3rd generation holocaust survivor, but try to understand, even cope with his emotional shortcomings and explain again and again and again that his murderous tendencies are fully interchangeable with Palestinian-

        Rocket? What racket rocket?

        The desert was empty and only bloomed when Ben set foot in it…

        Where the *f* is that underground shekel shelter?!

  2. just
    July 21, 2014, 9:32 am

    What a crowd– full of rapture, literally wrapping themselves in the flag and just itching to get at anyone who disagrees. Thankfully, this is the US and not Israel– the police are going to let them /help them attack those that disagree with them. NYPD did well in that short clip.

    I could swear I heard Geller say “what would Jew do”.

    Engel is an idiot for appearing with Geller. A total, complete Idiot. But then again, Congress is replete with them. Wonder why Islamophobe extraordinaire King didn’t avail himself of the wonderful opportunity.

    • Kay24
      July 21, 2014, 9:53 am

      Engel, like all the others who we stupidly vote for, have sold their souls to the devil.
      They are like mindless puppets being jerked around by a parasitic alien nation, they have no scruples or principals, who obviously are not smart enough, or have spines, to say no to a very devious entity, that has done more harm or good in the ME, and in our own nation.

      • American
        July 21, 2014, 10:47 am

        Kay24 says:

        July 21, 2014 at 9:53 am

        Engel, like all the others who we stupidly vote for, have sold their souls to the devil.
        They are like mindless puppets being jerked around by a parasitic alien nation>>>

        The Engels arent mindless puppets being jerked around—-they are full blown jewish zionist fifth column for Israel inside the US government.
        Their reason for seeking political office to begin with is to serve Israel .

      • Citizen
        July 21, 2014, 11:07 am

        @ Kay24
        No, they know they won’t harm their political careers by being totally pro-Israel no matter what Israel does. There is no price tag in America for being totally Zionist to the max. It’s, instead, a help to increased political power. The mindless puppets are the average Americans who have no clue how a tiny percentage of the American population drive US foreign policy and, increasingly, since 9/11, US state and local governmental expansion of domestic police power in the name of security.

      • Rusty Pipes
        July 21, 2014, 6:45 pm

        No US politician (especially from New York) takes any risk by appearing too pro-Israel. Rather, politicians who criticize Israel, or even don’t support Israel with enough enthusiasm, may get low scores on their AIPAC report cards and risk losing their jobs to AIPAC-funded challengers.

      • Rusty Pipes
        July 21, 2014, 6:49 pm

        Witness the recently orchestrated 30th standing ovation for Netanyahu in the blank check resolution for Israel passed unanimously by both the House and Senate just days ago.

  3. ckg
    July 21, 2014, 9:39 am

    Alex, speaking of the Christians United for Israel Conference: the 2014 CUFI Summit is today and tomorrow (7/21-7/22) in Washington. I hope someone from MW, EI or JVP attends and reports back.

  4. Marnie
    July 21, 2014, 9:46 am

    She should be deported. She may have been refused aliyah in that the state of israel is unclean enough as it is. Does this crazy shit happen with any other place than israel?

    • Marnie
      July 21, 2014, 9:50 am

      Sounds like there were a lot of israelis in the 2nd video. That one brute was really getting all up in that police woman’s face too. Thank God for Naturei Karta.

  5. jd65
    July 21, 2014, 9:54 am

    For me, Geller is a grotesque caricature of the self-absorbed, Jewish conservative, Israel First crown. She’d be a joke to write off if she didn’t have a bullhorn and a stage so often. Her own quote she refers to in the short speech above in this article from Alex (civilized, savage, etc…) is of course from the racist and offensive ads she took out two years ago. Back then I made a short video mocking her grotesqueness. Maybe of interest here:

    • just
      July 21, 2014, 10:23 am

      thanks jd– it’s good. special thanks for not having either one of their voices on the vid!

    • Pixel
      July 21, 2014, 12:35 pm

      Thanks, jd. ditto.

  6. Kay24
    July 21, 2014, 10:01 am

    A sore loser, Bibi the Butcher intends to expand the war, even further. Reminds me of godzilla pounding his chest.

    “As casualties mount, the Gaza operation threatens to become a war
    In view of the stiff resistance put up by Hamas, the level of destruction, if fighting continues, may reach that of Beirut in 2006.
    Operation Protective Edge began as a military operation in the Gaza Strip, defined by the IDF as a limited one. By Sunday, Chief-of-Staff Benny Gantz was already talking of a ‘campaign.’ With the current intensity of the fighting and the high number of casualties, the media may soon define this, with some exaggeration, as a war.
    Haaretz

    It seems what is going on right now, the on going slaughter of MOSTLY civilians is not called a “war” as yet. I would think attacking Gaza from afar, and invading it with military might, banned weapons, and causing unacceptable casualties, can be classified as a war. It is a lopsided war, but nevertheless it is WAR.

  7. bilal a
    July 21, 2014, 11:19 am

    what’s your estimate of the percentage of young people being Israelis in the crowd?

    They dont look nor behave like Americans- evidencing the 30 point IQ gap between Israeli and American Jews, not to mention the Israeli flag worship. and the open contempt for the police.

    .

  8. Citizen
    July 21, 2014, 11:25 am

    Obama is on TV now, telling us Israel has a right to protect itself from HAMAS rockets, but he’s concerned about the number of Palestinian and Israeli civilian deaths. He’s ending over Kerry with instructions to do his best to return the situation to the 2012 status quo. Nothing about the HAMAS call to condition any cease fire on ending Israel’s occupation or siege, or expanding settlements in WB.

    It’s most interesting that neither POTUS nor any political US leader ever talks about the right of Palestinians to self-defense. By depriving Palestinians of such a recognition of right, Obama et all just encourage Israel to do whatever it thinks will continue its agenda of Israel’s hegemony generally in the ME and its brutal jurisdiction over Palestinian life. Obama’s hypocrisy is top notch. Should I attribute his character to his black daddy or his white mommy? I prefer a real political leader, not the usual political representative, say Dennis Kucinich. But most Americans have never heard of him, and what he’s been saying about the Gaza turkey shoot.

    Now Fox News has John Bolton on to offer expert analysis. LOL. (Except it’s a horrible joke on the US public and even more, on the Palestinian people).
    .

  9. Mooser
    July 21, 2014, 12:54 pm

    “Should I attribute his character to his black daddy or his white mommy?”

    Well, no, you shouldn’t, but apparently nobody has explained that to you yet, or something. Nor do you seem to mind the facets of your own character revealed by the question. Try plotting it out on a bell curve.
    I prefer to think Obama is responsible for his own character.

    Of course, I have the same problem, and often ask myself “To whom should I attribute my character, my Jewish father or my Jewish mother?” That is what I often ask myself.

    • eljay
      July 21, 2014, 1:09 pm

      >> Mooser: I prefer to think Obama is responsible for his own character.

      Or lack thereof.

      >> Of course, I have the same problem, and often ask myself “To whom should I attribute my character, my Jewish father or my Jewish mother?”

      Whichever one was the ungulate…unless it was the mailman, in which case we don’t need to take this any further. ;-)

  10. Kay24
    July 21, 2014, 12:55 pm

    “It’s most interesting that neither POTUS nor any political US leader ever talks about the right of Palestinians to self-defense”.

    You hit the nail, Citizen. Not POTUS, his administration, congress, or those who brag they are experts, EVER speak for the rights of the Palestinian people. I have NEVER heard any of them mention that the OCCUPATION MUST END, for this carnage to end. No one suggests that perhaps THAT is the reason for the ongoing rockets and stones, and that the Palestinians, being horribly treated by the Israelis for decades, and held in limbo without rights and basic privileges, have the right to protest in every way they can, this injustice, the continuous loss of their lives, the brutality against civilians, the theft of land, all condemned by international bodies and humanitarian agencies.
    It makes me sick.

  11. lysias
    July 21, 2014, 1:03 pm

    It’s most interesting that neither POTUS nor any political US leader ever talks about the right of Palestinians to self-defense.

    And, when they are asked about it, they clam up, change the subject, and retreat to their talking points.

  12. Daniel Rich
    July 21, 2014, 2:02 pm

    Pamela Geller’s lower right arm has more muscles on it than my upper left leg and those 2 musicians look like they’re about to jerk off their mikes when Herr Engel opens his mouth…

    Quite disturbing…

  13. DICKERSON3870
    July 21, 2014, 3:00 pm

    RE: “Democrat Eliot Engel appears at pro-Israel rally featuring anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller”

    ATTENTION ALL YOU “LIBERAL ZIONISTS”: It’s not just Elliot Engel who finds himself in bed with the likes of Pam Geller, Geert Wilders, the English Defence League (a/k/a the “EDL”), the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn (political party) in Greece and other Kahane-worshipping, far-right, extremist, über-nationalists like Israel’s Likudnik MK Moshe Feiglin. It is also “liberal” Zionists (‘liberal Zionist’ now clearly having become an oxymoron) like you and your fellow “liberal” Zionists; and before you even think about protesting that you have always supported the two-state solution [even to the extent of writing that on the "For:" (memo line) of your annual (and often more frequent) checks to AIPAC], recall that a wise sage once said that “[d]enial a’int just a river in Egypt”, and take a very close, long, hard look at yourself in the mirror.

  14. DICKERSON3870
    July 21, 2014, 3:42 pm

    RE: “Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller was a speaker (see the video above) at a pro-Israel rally in New York City Sunday that also featured Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat. . . Engel is a liberal Congressional Democrat, though he is a hawk on foreign policy issues.” ~ Kane

    MY COMMENT: Of course Engel is a hawk on foreign policy issues, because he feels like he has to be in order to support Israel [just like some Trotskyites here in the U.S. back in the 60s decided that in order to support Israel they had to reject Trotskyism, Marxism, the Soviet Union, etc., and instead become U.S. (and Israeli) right-wing, flag-waving hawks on U.S. foreign policy issues – thereby eventually becoming known as “neoconservatives”.

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