Wonder of wonders, the Los Angeles Jewish Federation either understood the lunacy of hosting a lecture by Pam Geller, or they were embarrassed beyond belief by the Council for Islamic-American Relations press release that announced Geller’s public event, that was to be hosted by the far-right Zionist Organization of America in the Federation board room.
Geller and ZOA are howling with rage. She’s even charging that the Federation capitulated to CAIR, likening the latter to the Nazi Gauleiters. This woman is beyond twisted. She’s beyond pathological and sociopathic. She’s truly off her gourd. Read it (and weep):
In a jaw-dropping act of cowardice and submission, LA Federation is not allowing ZOA (Zionist Organization of America) to hold the event where I was scheduled to speak this morning.
Jewish leadership is on the trains and thinks we will go quietly. This is tragic. Imagine, without so much as firing a shot, they’re caving in to a Hamas front group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Hamas’s fundamental goal is the annihilation of Israel.
This mirrors Nazi Party Representatives attending a 1933 Berlin Jewish Community charity drive gathering — back on December 20, 1933, three thousand Jews attended the first official Jewish gathering in which uniformed Nazis participated. The mass meeting was arranged by the Berlin Jewish community to open the special campaign for winter relief. And we know how that worked out.
Is it any wonder that the American Jewish left has become a problem for Israel? Who are these people? What is their role? What is their mission? What’s the point of Jewish lay leadership if they submit before their executioners? Shame on our cowardly leadership for throwing one of our own under the bus. We expect that from kapos, not from proud Jews who should hold the freedom of speech as a fundamental Jewish value.
According to ZOA, the Federation expressed concerns about the safety of the building if it hosted Geller. If this is true, I agree with Geller and the group this it is a shandeh. But not for the reasons they argue. It is a shandeh because it is a cop-out. Instead of standing against Jewish racism and hate and saying it has no part in the Jewish federation building, they are using the excuse that Pam Geller will arouse the ire of local Muslims, who will take a pot-shot at the building or its occupants because of her presence. This is an insult to local Muslims and their leaders, who do not espouse the sort of hatred of Jews that Geller does of Muslims. The federation hasn’t even said it refused to hold the event because of the friction it would cause with the local Muslim community. Indeed, it probably doesn’t even care about that.
But I would like to congratulate CAIR, a local inter-religious clergy group, and all (including you, good reader) who united to denounce this odious event at the Federation building. And if a Federation leader understood the toxicity of hosting this event and canceled it–good for him or her.
Here is the statement released by the interfaith coalition in praising the decision to cancel the event:
“We commend the Jewish Federation for taking action to dissociate from Pamela Geller’s bigoted views. It is also encouraging to see that when interfaith communities work together, we can help promote tolerance and reject misinformation that only serves to confuse and promote hate. Americans must continue to stand up and ensure that voices of hate and bigotry stay on the margins of our society, where they belong. We further ask people to take a moment to send a note of thanks to the Federation’s leadership.”