Pamela Geller, the anti-Muslim fanatic who believes that the US is being Islamicized, is scheduled to speak at the Great Neck Synagogue on April 14. I don’t see a title for her talk– surely it is about Muslims under your bed. But the talk is already getting resistance from the Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition, comprised of Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews for Economic and Racial Justice and Jews Say No! The coalition is pushing to have the event cancelled.
At last night’s forum on “Jewish democracy” at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York, discussants criticized Geller but disagreed over the wisdom of seeking to cancel a talk given the difficulty the left has had getting invitations to speak. The Forward did a story on the controversy, in which it quoted Rebecca Vilkomerson of JVP:
“Our job is not to be absolute civil libertarians. We do believe in free speech, but we also believe there are limits to that… Our mission statement says we will always take a strong stand against racism and bigotry in all of its forms, and that’s part of this.”
These are not truly Jewish organizations. Their fundamental allegiance is to the political left. They are consistently anti-Israel, and manifest complete indifference — or worse — when innocent Jews are murdered in cold blood by Islamic jihadists, and when the Gaza Muslims celebrate those murders. Jewish history is plagued with these quislings, who are willing tools serving as the public face for supremacists and annihilationists. The left uses these Jews to defame and destroy a Jew who is truly standing up for Israel and for the principles of freedom and human rights that the Jewish State represents. It’s inexcusable. The kapos had guns to their heads. What’s their excuse?
Now here is the JVP letter urging people to write to Great Neck Synagogue to deplore the invitation:
During this Passover season, in which we celebrate freedom from slavery and oppression, hatred is coming to our community. On April 14, the Great Neck Synagogue is hosting Pamela Geller, founder of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), both designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Geller, along with her organizations, are infamous for equating Islam with terrorism, and their transit ads describing Muslims as “savages.”
As Jews, we remember what happens when a minority is singled out. We won’t stand by while our Muslim family, friends, and allies are vilified. We can’t watch as our religious institutions amplify the voices which seek to divide us. The willingness of the Great Neck Synagogue to welcome rather than condemn a person who promotes bigotry and racism is an affront to our values and has no place in the world we are creating for ourselves and our children.
We are calling on our supporters in Nassau County and Long Island generally to reach out to the Great Neck Synagogue and ask them not to host Pamela Geller. Please call the Great Neck Synagogue at (516) 487-6100 or email them at [email protected] and [email protected] and ask them to stand up against Islamophobia by withdrawing their invitation to Pamela Geller.
Please keep the tone of your conversation civil and polite, and please let us know if you made a call or sent an email by dropping us a note at [email protected]. We’d also welcome ideas of other Jewish institutions that may be willing to use their influence with the Great Neck Synagogue to urge it to cancel this event.
We are reaching out to Muslim, interfaith, and Jewish groups on Long Island and will keep you informed of any other responses that are planned.In solidarity,
JVP-NY on behalf of the Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition (Jews Say No!, Jews For Racial and Economic Justice, Jewish Voice for Peace)
And here is a letter from Maxine Chiu, whose father was in that congregation, containing the letter she sent to the rabbi in opposition.
On 2nd April 2013 I sent an e-mail to the Rabbi of the Great Neck Synagogue (NY) as follows:
“I am told that Great Neck Synagogue will be hosting Pamela Geller, the anti-Islam extremist, on 14th April…I am Jewish and am shocked and saddened to hear of this….I grew up in Great Neck and always considered it as one of the most educated, liberal and open-minded communities in America….Ms Geller is as hateful towards Islam as the Nazis were towards Judaism….We do not need more hatred in the world.”
I also pointed out that my father, Mr. David Feiner, was a very active member of GNS working together with Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Wolf during the early years of the Synagogue….I went on to say that my father “was a loving, peaceful and open-hearted man and I am absolutely positive that he would never have approved Ms. Geller as a spokesperson….I plead with you to reconsider the decision to have her speak at the Synagogue….Her message is just the opposite of what peace-loving Jews stand for”
“Thank you for your consideration….Sincerely….Maxine (Feiner) Chiu”
As of today, 4th April, I haven’t received a reply.