The esteemed Charles Jacobs, President of Americans for Peace and Tolerance, is a tireless human rights activist whose groundbreaking work and activism has set the example for those who take up the fight in defense of freedom. I am humbled by his article in support of my work.
Pamela Geller, Jewish heroine Charles Jacobs, The Jewish Advocate, May 10, 2013
’ve been thinking about writing this piece for months. I’m not happy
with myself for putting it off. When you know you’ll get blasted for
doing something that’s right, not everyone rushes immediately to do the
right thing. I’m not proud for hesitating.
should have thrown my public support – for whatever it’s worth – to
Pamela Geller a long time ago. President of the American Freedom Defense
Initiative and publisher of the widely read blog Atlas Shrugs, Geller
is one of the most courageous Jewish women of our time. That’s because,
in a time of cowardice, she says the plain truth about things that so
many want so much not to hear that they have made the plain truth a
taboo. Like a good Jew, Pamela breaks icons. And for that she gets
ostracized, and cursed, and threatened with bodily harm and worse.
Geller thinks Radical Islam is a threat to Western civilization and
that our politically correct leaders who persist in being willfully
blind are endangering us all. Having this view attracts detractors.
Expressing it daily, with no holds barred, with gory photos of the
victims of jihad and outrageous details of how our leaders betray us,
has earned Pamela a baying herd of defamers.
PC hounds were already barking at Pamela’s Atlas Shrugs website when
she took up the cause of Muslim women who were slain by their own family
members for “dishonoring” them. Geller drove the point home with
specific, heart-rending cases. She provided international publicity, for
example, to the tragic tale of 19- year-old Aqsa Parvez, who in 2007
was strangled by her brother Waqas – with the help of her father – when
she would not wear a hijab. When the family buried Aqsa in an unmarked
grave, an outraged Geller funded a special memorial grove for her in
Shrugs documents, on a daily basis, the worldwide phenomenon of radical
Islamic assault and murders of infidels. She does exactly what the
media won’t do. She is hated by the left because her work powerfully
overturns its PC memes – “it’s all our fault” or “we must have done
something to get them mad” – intended to explain away Islamist violence.
left seethes at Geller. She has been slammed by several so-called human
rights groups – especially the Southern Poverty Law Center, which
refused to help free black slaves in Sudan because their masters were
Arab/Muslims, and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which Geller calls
the Defamation League. (The ADL, as we have documented, hesitates to
focus on or campaign against Islamist anti-Semitism.)
heated up to a boiling point when Geller created a bus and subway ad
campaign that put the truth right out there for all to see. Like the
legendary child who blurted “the emperor has no clothes,” Geller’s
simple, brilliant ad proclaims, “In any war between the civilized man
and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Fight Jihad.”
contracted with transit authorities to place the ad on buses and in
subway stations in New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. She
won court cases against the bureaucrats who at first refused the ads
but then had to relent. And so they are up and running.
are many honest people who agree with the content of the ads, but think
they will not be helpful. I understand this feeling, but I disagree. Somebody has to pierce the fog and say the simple truth.
has been pilloried for her use of the word “savage,” which her
detractors say is racist against Muslims. Hogwash. Islam has nothing to
do with race. Contrary to those who lie about her, she never speaks
about “all Muslims.” Here’s a simple truth: We can truly and only help
American Muslims by freeing them from the radicals that control –
according to congressional testimony – 80 percent of Muslim institutions
here. Cooperating with the Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR), as ADL does in the hope that they will cooperate with Jews, is
wrongheaded, if not actually insane.
is a word the PCers hate because, in our therapeutic culture, we are
not supposed to be enraged by assaults on innocents; we are supposed to
“understand” those who perpetrate them. Just listen to the sickening
psychobabble about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It dishonors the truth and the
victims and it gnaws away at the natural solidarity that binds our
community. If we don’t get outraged by the murder of our fellow
citizens, then those citizens cannot have meant much to us.
schools do not teach the simplest of truths: How are decent people
supposed to describe what the Islamist bombers in Boston did to the
lives and the limbs of the innocents? I’ve seen the uncensored photos of
the man in the wheelchair on Boylston St. with his calves and feet
blown away and only sticks – his fleshless shin bones – emerging from
his knees. What word properly describes those who did this to him?
is the word that best describes the 2008 jihadist massacre of 170
people in Mumbai, India? What word expresses most clearly the way that
Islamists took special care to seek out the Mumbai Chabad House, where
they tortured and mutilated Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his pregnant
wife Rivkah before they murdered them? We need an adjective for that
what word best describes the 2011 slaughter in Itamar, Israel, of the
Fogel parents and their three children – ages 11, 3, and 3 months – by
Palestinian terrorists? If you Google “Fogel family,” you’ll see their
baby with its throat slashed. Who slashes the throats of infants?
the best word that expresses righteous disgust with and hatred for
people who can be seen on YouTube stoning women to death for having
“dishonored” the community?
“Savage” seems the perfect word.
what is the word that describes the true nature of the Arab/Muslim war
on the tiny Jewish state? Who, apart from hardline Jewish leftists and
the U.S. State Department, still thinks it’s a border war? As Geller
says on Atlas Shrugs, “It’s a Jihad, stupid.”
of Boston was on physical lockdown, until our brave cops caught the
culprits. Our culture will remain on moral lockdown, until we face and
speak the truth.
Thanks, Pamela. Sorry this is a bit late.
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