Orit Arfa, Executive Director of the Creative Zionist Coalition, had this to say at the Jewish Journal:
Great Neck Synagogue Cancels Pamela Geller’s Talk Orit Arfa, Jewish Journal Great Neck Synagogue has revealed its cowardice, the same way the Jewish Federation revealed its cowardice when it cancelled Pamela Geller’s talk there on June 25, 2012 within a few hours of the event sponsored by the Zionist Organization of America when I served as its Executive Director on the West Coast. In both cases, these Jewish "leaders" hide behind children, citing “security” concerns to disgrace one of their own, a proud Jew whom they are charged to protect.
Great Neck stood its ground for weeks, until it could no longer take the pressure. According to Geller, Islamist groups and their Leftist cohorts threatened a march on the shul on Sunday, April 14, the date of her talk. The people of New York should follow our lead in Los Angeles by holding a protest in kind. Why don’t the good imams and rabbis protest the very real and frightening civil rights abuses committed in the name of Islam and which Geller exposes so courageously? Genital mutiliaiton? Massacres of Jews? Public hangings of gays?
This is the explanation provided by the "house of worship" of the one God:
As the notoriety and media exposure of the planned program this Sunday have increased, so has the legal liability and potential security exposure of our institution and it's [sic] member families. In an era of heightened security concerns it is irresponsible to jeopardize the safety of those who call Great Neck Synagogue home, especially our children, even at the risk of diverting attention from a potentially important voice in the ongoing debate. Accordingly, the Great Neck Synagogue Men's Club will no longer be sponsoring the appearance of Pamela Geller this coming Sunday, and no event will be taking place in our facility.
Great Neck Synagogue
What a sad day for freedom and Jewish courage. What will these synagogue leaders teach the children they’re trying to protect? Cave to intimidation and bullying? Give up your God-given rights? This is NOT Jewish. Judaism is a tradition that encourages people to stand up to tyrants, as Moses did in Egypt. We are going back into slavery. This is a microcosm of the cowardice going on in the Jewish world throughout, and this better not portend the future of Israel, which is on the frontlines of Islamic bullying and threats. Imagine if the State of Israel issued this explanation?
As the notoriety and media exposure against the State of Israel have increased, so has the legal liability and potential security exposure of the Israeli people and their families. In an era of heightened security concerns due to Islamist and Arab aggression, it is irresponsible to jeopardize the safety of those who call Israel home, especially our children, even at the risk of diverting attention from the Zionist cause. Accordingly, the State of Israel will no longer be sponsoring Jewish immigration to the State of Israel, and no more Jewish building will be taking place in the land of Israel.
State of Israel