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 Geller, Islamic 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.
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.