A month ago, the Sun Sentinel ran a vicious oped by a Rabbi Bruce Warshal, who defamed me and several of my colleagues. I submitted a response and requested, in the interest of journalistic integrity, that they publish it.
By Pamela Geller, February 20, 2013
Rabbi Bruce Warshal, writing recently in the Jewish Journal,
plants himself firmly on the side of the enemies of the Jewish people,
all the while patting himself on the back for his self-bestowed moral
It has recently been revealed that the Muslim Brotherhood President of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi,
has called Jews "descendants of apes and pigs" and said: "we must not
forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred towards those
Zionists and Jews, and all those who support them. They must be nursed
on hatred. The hatred must continue." Yet Warshal calls it "Islamophobia
and outright hatred" that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) would dare call for an investigation into Muslim Brotherhood influence in the U.S. Government.
brings up the copycat subway killing of a Hindu by an insane woman who
claimed she killed him because she thought he was a Sikh or a Muslim.
That subway pusher said that she had been beating people up since 9-11:
"I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and
Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I've been
beating them up." Why doesn't the rabbi blame the 9-11 jihadists for her
rage? This was a copycat killing of a recent subway shove murder by a
devout Muslim who went to mosque every day. That point was conveniently
left out of the coverage by the leftist media and the Islamic
supremacists who tried to blame our ads.
The rabbi cites FBI
statistics saying that there were 160 anti-Muslim hate crimes in the
U.S. in 2010. No genuine hate crime is ever justified, but this is not
really a sign of rampant "Islamophobia," as Warshal claims. It is
actually a minuscule number in a country of 300 million people,
including two or three million Muslims. And as Robert Spencer explains:
"FBI statistics show that there is no 'Islamophobia.' Contrary to media
emphases and preoccupations, many 'anti-Muslim hate crimes' have been
faked by Muslims, and Jews are eight times more likely than Muslims to
be the victims of hate attacks." FBI hate crime statistics have debunked
the myth of a "backlash" against Muslims since 9-11.
rabbi asserts hysterically that there is "an attempt to 'cleanse'
America of a Muslim presence." As evidence for this he claims, among
other things, that "anti-Muslim activists" attacked "Campbell's Soup for
offering halal certified soup." He gets the Campbell's incident all
wrong: we were not calling for a boycott because Campbell's offered a
halal line, but because they got the Islamic Society of North America
(ISNA), a group with admitted ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood,
to do the certifying. ISNA is the Muslim Brotherhood in America. One of
the many MB groups whose job it is to support HAMAS with "media, money
and men." Has the good rabbi read the Hamas charter in which the first
paragraph calls for the destruction of the Jewish state and cites Quran
chapter and verse?
the first place, if Warshal thinks it is "anti-Muslim" to fight for
human rights for all people, as I do, does that make him an
"Islamophobe"? My fight is against jihad. Does the good rabbi sanction
jihad? Or does he consider all Muslims jihadists? Pot meet kettle.
Warshal also claims as evidence of this "attempt to 'cleanse' America of a Muslim presence" the complaints about "the Metropolitan Museum of Art
because it opened an exhibit on Islamic Art Treasures." No one actually
complained because the MET displayed Islamic art treasures. Complaints
actually focused on "1001 Muslim Inventions," a traveling exhibit that
has been featured in museums all over the U.S. I wrote about it last
summer, explaining how "the inventions and discoveries attributed to the
Muslim world were actually stolen from conquered peoples," and showing
that "the 1001 Muslim Inventions exhibit is not history, it is
propaganda, and the foolish infidels keep lining up enthusiastically for
Warshal says it is "egregious" that "Representative
Michelle Bachmann declared that the Muslim Brotherhood had 'penetrated'
the U.S. government," but he doesn't refute or even bother to examine
any of the evidence that Bachmann brought forth to show that we have
been infiltrated at the highest level. An Egyptian newspaper recently
confirmed Bachmann's assertions by boasting about Muslim Brotherhood
infiltration of the U.S. government. It named as Muslim Brotherhood
operatives many of those Bachmann had named in her request for an
investigation, including Mohamed Elibiary of the Department of Homeland Security's
Advisory Council. Bachmann said that Elibiary had "extensive ties to
the Muslim Brotherhood" and "sympathy for Islamist causes," and accused
him of "gain(ing) access to classified documents." Sympathy for Islamist
causes: Elibiary spoke in 2004 at a conference honoring the Ayatollah Khomeini.
Classified documents: he was indeed accused of leaking some in 2011. So
is it really "egregious" to suspect Elibiary of Muslim Brotherhood
Warshal complains about anti-Sharia bills in various states,
screeching that "the Republican Party is close to declaring open
warfare on Muslims" and claiming: "Most of these bills were aimed at
outlawing Sharia law (comparable to Jewish Halacha), a non-existent
problem." But in fact, Sharia is not like Jewish law or Catholic canon
law. Halacha pertains only to Jews, and canon law only to Catholics. But
the Sharia asserts authority over non-Muslims, and denies them basic
rights in the Islamic state.
The rabbi also skewers Representative
Peter King, saying: "A few years back he claimed with absolutely no
evidence that 80% to 85% of the mosques in this country are controlled
by Islamic fundamentalists," and claiming: "The Leadership Conference on
Civil and Human Rights pointed out to King before the first hearing
that 'Experts have concluded that mosque attendance is a significant
factor in the prevention of extremism.'" King actually had plenty of
evidence. The idea that mosque attendance prevents extremism flies in
the face of four separate studies conducted in the U.S. since 1999 by
different groups, each of which found that over 80% of the mosques in
the U.S. teach, preach and advance jihad.
But it's clear: evidence
doesn't matter to Rabbi Warshal. 1,400 years of jihadi wars and 275
million victims of jihad, and in the present day, 20,247 (and counting)
deadly Islamic attacks since 9-11, and the mountains of dead bodies
won't stand in the way of this "rabbi" shilling for the most extreme and
radical ideology on the planet.
Pamela Geller is the president
of AFDI (American Freedom Defense Initiative), publisher of
AtlasShrugs.com and The Post-American Presidency: The Obama
Administration's War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A
Practical Guide to the Resistance.
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