Pam Geller doesn’t suffer for her art. Her N.Y. Times profile noted that she owns a full-floor Eastside Midtown condo (330 East 57th Street). Condos in the same building have gone for nearly $2. 75-million with yearly maintenance fees over $100,000. In addition, she appears to own a second residence in upscale L’Hermitage II in Ft. Lauderdale (3200 North Ocean Blvd.) worthy nearly $1-million. Strangely, she signed over the Florida condo to her ex-husband for only $10 only weeks before he died in 2008. Hard to conceive of any reason why anyone would deed a major piece of property to one’s ex-spouse who was already remarried. Since she continues to produce Vlogs from the Florida residence and the tax bill for the property is still sent to her address, the settlement of Oshry’s estate may have deeded it back to her.
Now, I can understand what David Yerushalmi sees in having Geller as a client, as long as she pays her bills. I presume he isn’t representing her pro bono.
I wonder whether Geert Wilders gets the full Geller treatment when he visits New York–a guest room with sweeping views of the midtown skyline perhaps? That would explain some of the allure she may have for him.
If I were Jay Marcus, president of the most successful U.S. settler fundraising project, the Central Fund of Israel, I’d have Pam in my sights for a large tax-deductible donation. Though it remain to be seen whether Geller has any sense of the Jewish obligation to offer tzedakah to those in need (not that the settlers are). My guess is that a Jewish girl from Hewlett who marries into money tends to see the world as owing her rather than the other way around.
One of the many odd revelations about Geller provided by the Times profile was that after 9/11 she underwent a period of ‘study’ of Islam. Don’t worry. She didn’t trouble her pretty little head with any heavy intellectual lifting or visits to a research library or courses at a university or even reading a historical source.
Who were her teachers? A Muslim? No. Not even the neocon darling, Bernard Lewis. I suppose for the reason that he may use too many multi-syllable words. Who is one of her tutors? Daniel Pipes. I kid you not. And then she adds that she’s broken with Pipes because he actually has the temerity to believe there is such a thing as a moderate Muslim, a possibility Geller denies.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.