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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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“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.

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

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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