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Jewish groups stand in opposition to hate speech and all forms of Islamophobia

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A statement from Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition:

Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition stands strongly in opposition to Islamophobia in all its manifestations. Most recently, the courts ruled that Pamela Geller has the right to put up her virulently anti-Muslim ads on public buses. As a community, we will make our voices heard as forcefully as we can in protest of Islamophobic hate speech.

“The minute I read Geller’s language for the ads,* I was reminded of the history of accusations of blood libel against the Jewish community that provoked, and fed into, anti-Semitism,” said Marjorie Dove Kent, executive director, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.

According to Rosalind Petchesky from Jewish Voice for Peace-New York,

“These ads are bad enough in and of themselves. But, this hate speech also operates within the context of continued discriminatory surveillance of the Muslim community. And I have seen the pernicious effects this had had on Muslim and Arab students at CUNY, where I have been a professor for many years. That is why we pledge to continue our work with Muslim groups and others concerned with state-sponsored discrimination against the Muslim community.”

Geller is the lead instigator and public face of a nationwide anti-Muslim ad campaign. She co-founded, with Robert Spencer, three groups designated as anti-Muslim hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), one of these groups, is the sponsor of the ads.

Geller’s ad campaigns most often explicitly link Israel with Islamophobia through images and words that smear Muslims and Palestinians. These campaigns have engendered bold and creative opposition by a wide range of communities—and this time will be no different.

JAIC calls upon the Jewish community—together with all communities– to speak out loud and clear against these bus ads and to demand the full civil and human rights of the Muslim community.

* The ad reads: Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah.

Jews Against Islamophobia can be reached at [email protected]

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  1. a blah chick on April 28, 2015, 11:16 am

    “The ad reads: Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah”

    O my dear Lord, Pammy-Shrugs has managed to take the crazy up another notch. Amazing.

  2. oldgeezer on April 28, 2015, 11:38 am

    It boggles the mind. The woman is either certifiable or genocidal. Possibly both.

    • pabelmont on April 28, 2015, 12:41 pm

      Many politicians rank high on the sociopathic inventory tests. They don’t feel the effects of their cruelty on others, but they like being cruel. Look at all those republicans trying to slash all budgets for “people” while amping up the budgets for “defense” and surveillance (of Americans!). Geller is part of that world, just a little more “out there” and “up front”. And telling lies is nothing for those people.

  3. eGuard on April 28, 2015, 3:42 pm

    I kindly request to have this posted. OT but related to islamophobia:

    Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept site (of Edward Snowden fame; boy what a stream of journalism he has) writes about the PEN/America chapter, awarding Charlie Hebdo. 6 out of 60 honorable Table Heads at the PEN gala (May 5) opt out. Worth reading why (spoiler: after the Charlie Hebdo murders, France arrested 100 people for saying “the murderers were right”. Also in France, criticising judaism –aka anti-Semitism– is illegal; a Charlie Hebdo author was fired for this years ago).

    Over at PEN rules Suzanne Nossel. Doing Clinton and Obama jobs while at Amnesty Intl and PEN.

  4. Kay24 on April 28, 2015, 4:30 pm

    There are many wonderful Jewish people, who are brave enough to stand up for Palestinian rights, and are bold enough to have their views expressed knowing there could be the usual hateful backlash they will surely get for criticizing those who do the zionist work. It is a shame they are drowned by those who have the megaphone in the US.

    OT but must share. Imagine an Iranian leader standing up at a podium at the NPT conference, and holding a cartoon bomb accusing Israel of hiding it’s nuclear weapons, and that it is a danger to the entire region. That would be enjoyable to watch.

    “Iran aims to use NPT conference to renew international pressure on Israel
    Jerusalem to attend non-proliferation meet for first time in 20 years; Iran FM at opening of conference: ‘Israel is the single [worst] violator of this international regime [the NPT].’

  5. Froggy on April 28, 2015, 5:27 pm

    If this Freedom of Speech, then the Americans have a long way to go before they figure out the difference between Liberty and Licence.

    Froggy… shaking her head in despair

  6. JLWarner on April 30, 2015, 3:17 am

    I speak for LA Jews for Peace in supporting and concurring in the statement from Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition. Is there some way for LA Jews for Peace to sign-on. Contact us at [email protected]

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