Caroline Glick's column today concerns the Great Neck synagogue's cancellation of my speech and a litany of the failures of the American Jewish community. Read her stunning indictment of the American diaspora:
Moral relativism and jihad Caroline Glick, Jerusalem Post, April 11, 2013
The day that Carter was embraced by the Orthodox Jewish
establishment, Jewish author and activist Pamela Geller was silenced. Geller is
the nightmare of the liberal Jewish establishment.
She is a beautiful and
articulate speaker and writer who has risen to prominence in the US for her
steadfast commitment to exposing the deadly pathologies of Jew hatred, misogyny
and other prejudices inherent to jihadist ideology.
Atlas Shrugs, is a clearinghouse for information on Islamic persecution of
women, Christians and apostates and hatred of Jews. She also showcases the
documented ties between mainstream American Islamic groups and the Muslim
An indefatigable defender of Israel, Geller recently ran a
highly controversial, and successful ad campaign in the New York and San
Francisco public transportation systems in response to an anti-Israel ad
campaign. Her billboards read, “In any war between the civilized man and the
savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, Defeat Jihad.”
was scheduled to speak on April 13 at the Great Neck Synagogue in Great Neck,
New York. The topic of her talk was “The Imposition of Shari’a in
Last month, after learning of her talk, a consortium of Islamic
and leftist activists in Nassau County led by Habeed Ahmed from the Islamic
Center of Long Island launched a pressure campaign to coerce the synagogue into
cancelling her speech. Members of the group telephoned the synagogue and
castigated Geller as a bigot, and likened her to the Nazis in the
In short order liberal rabbis Michael White and Jerome Davidson
took over the opposition to Geller and launched a media campaign attacking her
as a bigot and demanding that the Great Neck Synagogue cancel her
Rejecting the distinction Geller makes between jihadists and
their victims – Muslim and non- Muslim alike, White and Davidson claimed that
she opposes all Muslims and so her speech must be canceled. By hosting her, they
intoned, the Great Neck Synagogue would be guilty of propagating hate speech.
Liberal Christian and Jewish activists and their Muslim associates threatened to
protest the speech.
On Wednesday the synagogue caved in to their massive
pressure. Citing “security concerns” the synagogue board released a statement
saying that while “these important issues must be discussed, the synagogue is
unable to bear the burden” of the pressure campaign surrounding Geller’s planned
speech. Her event was canceled.
Surveys of the American Jewish community
taken in recent years by the American Jewish Committee demonstrate that the vast
majority of American Jews are deeply supportive of Israel, and their views tend
toward the Right side of the political spectrum in issues related to Israel, the
Palestinians and the wider Islamic conflict with the Jewish state.
other hand, the AJC’s surveys show that for the vast majority of American Jews,
Israel is not a voting issue. This state of affairs was reflected by a comment
that Yeshiva University student Ben Winter made to the media regarding the
absence of student protest against Carter on Wednesday. In Winter’s words,
“While many students at YU feel strongly about their Zionism, few have the
courage to publicly express their opinions.”
The danger exposed by the
cancellation of Geller’s speech and the conferral of honors on the likes of
Carter and Waters by mainstream Jewish institutions is daunting. If moral
relativism remains the dominant dogma of the American Jewish establishment, the
already weakly defended, but still strongly rooted, support for Israel among the
rank and file of the American Jewish community will
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