Los Angeles Jewish Federation Hosts, Endorses Pamela Geller’s Islamophobia

Richard Silverstein writes that this is beyond a shanda this is a bushah v’cherpah.

Los Angeles Jewish Federation Hosts, Endorses Pam Geller’s Islamophobia

by Richard Silverstein (Tikkun Olam)

Well, now I’ve seen everything.  In the course of writing this blog, at various points I’ve made similar statements.  But invariably an even greater outrage occurs and I have to amend myself.  Tonight is such a time.

CAIR’s daily press briefing reveals that the Los Angeles Jewish Federation will be hosting a lecture by rabid Muslim-hater Pam GellerIslamic Jew Hatred: The Root Cause of Failure to Achieve Peace.  The official sponsor of the event is the Zionist Organization of America, but she will speak tomorrow on their behalf in the Sanders Board Room, the Federation’s main meeting space.  There are several serious ironies here.  First, this board room is named after Ed Sanders, a State Department official in the Carter administration who was an illustrious member of the local Jewish community known for his dovish political views on Israel.  Second, I know Jonathan Jacoby, a senior vice president of the Jewish federation.  Jonnie was the founding director of the New Israel Fund.  Though his views were always liberal rather than left-wing (obviously, how could he get a job working for a federation if they weren’t?), but he must be squirming or worse at this development.

Here’s the Federation blurb on the event, no doubt cooked up by the ZOA itself:

“Islamic Jew Hatred: The Root Cause of Failure to Achieve Peace” with acclaimed author and activist, Pamela Geller

All too often, pundits and world leaders blame Israel for the failure to achieve peace in the Middle East. Join us as renowned author and activist Pamela Geller reveals the root cause of war in the Middle East: Islamic Jew hatred. She’ll discuss the motive behind Islam’s war on the Jews, the war against Israel, and the 1,400-year-old hatred of Jews living in Muslim lands.

Lest the federation not know this, the Southern Poverty Law Center features her in it’s racist Hall of Shame.  The hate blogger was lauded  by serial killer Anders Breivik and defended him as Think Progress noted.  Do these people know with whom they’ve gotten into bed?  To have her officially endorsed by a Jewish communal organization representing all the Jews of one of the largest communities in America is beyond a shandeh.  In Hebrew, it’s a bushah v’cherpah.

Hollywood: Geert Wilders Movie Aborted: Yes We CAN!

Huib Reithof, a Brussels based blogger, historian and activist writes on the recent episode involving Geert Wilders and the Geller-Spencer axis. If our readers are unaware CAN, (Christian Action Network) a virulently homophobic and Christian supremacist organization which has had a long working history with Robert Spencer made a film, Islam Rising glorifying Geert Wilders.

Geller and Spencer both were giddy over their Hollywood debut, they had visions of red carpet treatment, sips of champagne and for Pamela maybe, mercifully some plastic surgery?

All kidding aside their Hollywood dreams blew up in their faces when the obvious despicable history of Martin Mawyer and CAN went viral in Holland and Europe. It was up to Geert Wilders to deliver the coup de grace as his carefully cultivated ‘legitimacy’ as the heir to Pim Fortuyn was threatened.

Huib gave us permission to reproduce his article with a few minor touches, enjoy:

LA Wilders Sanctification Movie Aborted: Yes We CAN*! by Huib Reithof

The May 1st launch of an one hour Wilders adoration movie, produced by Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller and Martin Mawyat’s Christian Action Network (CAN) in Los Angeles (Ca), fell lamentably through, two days after its proud announcement.

The “Islam Rising” video features Geert Wilders, posing as an Old Testament prophet, calling off the numerous mene tekels on the wall of dhimmi-ridden Christianity. Among the illustrations: The unavoidable Ground Zero, loony bearded hysterics and Barack Obama meeting an Arab authority.

Outrage rose in Geert Wilders’ home country, Holland, after the announcement. In Europe, he never shows off with the extreme right. He never disowns their support either. Wilders pretends to fight for abortion rights and gay rights. CAN’s homophobic and pro-life agitation does not rhyme well with that.

At first, Wilders tried to play down the issue but last night, the “21st century Churchill” (Pamela’s description) met his Dardanelles (1915) against the modern Turks. He backed off, telling the news agencies that he “did not know” about CAN’s ideas, that he would NOT go to LA, and disappeared behind a “no-comment” wall. At the website of his political “party” (no members, only Pipes-money), the jubilant references to the movie and its launch disappeared all at once.

Spencer received a very “Dutch Treat”

Spencer had to call off the May 1st event. The damage to his cause is immense. “Going Dutch: Never More!” and receiving a “Dutch Treat” will best describe his inner feelings.

Our inner feelings are quite the opposite. Something like: “Yes We CAN”. What CAN couldn’t, we achieved.

We, the men and women who time and again exposed Wilders’ hypocrisy, finally met with some acknowledgment:

  • In Holland he is behaving like a middle of the road politician, denouncing a “dangerous ideology, the Islam”, denying that he is against Muslims or Arabs, adopting some progressive issues like women’s liberation, freedom of choice (abortion), gay rights, gay marriage and keeping the pension age at 65.
  • Outside Europe, Wilders associates with Christian fundamentalists, Great-Israel religious ultra-Zionists and American Birthers and Tea Party ideologues.

Why does Wilders do so? I think, that in his heart, he agrees with the ideas of his foreign sponsors. But he cannot win the vote in Holland with statements like he made in Copenhague last year (“deportation of tens of millions of Muslims out of Europe” and “the Palestinians already have their state: Jordania”). His racist rants in some US synagogues were not adapted for home consumption either.

But, I think, he HAD to tell his sponsors from time to time the things they want to hear from him, so he did, leaving out the subjects they would certainly have objected to, like abortion, gay rights, etc. Wilders chose his locations as far away from Holland as possible. Hoping that the Dutch are too dumb to see the difference. Hoping that Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer and Avigdor Lieberman do not master enough of the Dutch language, to see the fraud.

Well, this is the beginning of Wilders’ exposure as a Fraud. The stream of US money that helps him to stay out of Dutch party funding control and to run a no-member “party” without inner political discussion will wither away. Good for Holland.

The Loony Right will have to look for another, more reliable hero.

The movie will just be a collector’s item.