The esteemed Charles Jacobs, President of Americans for Peace and Tolerance, is a tireless human rights activist whose groundbreaking work and activism has set the example for those who take up the fight in defense of freedom. I am humbled by his article in support of my work.
Pamela Geller, Jewish heroine Charles Jacobs, The Jewish Advocate, May 10, 2013
I ’ve been thinking about writing this piece for months. I’m not happy with myself for putting it off. When you know you’ll get blasted for doing something that’s right, not everyone rushes immediately to do the right thing. I’m not proud for hesitating.
I should have thrown my public support – for whatever it’s worth – to Pamela Geller a long time ago. President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and publisher of the widely read blog Atlas Shrugs, Geller is one of the most courageous Jewish women of our time. That’s because, in a time of cowardice, she says the plain truth about things that so many want so much not to hear that they have made the plain truth a taboo. Like a good Jew, Pamela breaks icons. And for that she gets ostracized, and cursed, and threatened with bodily harm and worse.
Pamela Geller thinks Radical Islam is a threat to Western civilization and that our politically correct leaders who persist in being willfully blind are endangering us all. Having this view attracts detractors. Expressing it daily, with no holds barred, with gory photos of the victims of jihad and outrageous details of how our leaders betray us, has earned Pamela a baying herd of defamers.
The PC hounds were already barking at Pamela’s Atlas Shrugs website when she took up the cause of Muslim women who were slain by their own family members for “dishonoring” them. Geller drove the point home with specific, heart-rending cases. She provided international publicity, for example, to the tragic tale of 19- year-old Aqsa Parvez, who in 2007 was strangled by her brother Waqas – with the help of her father – when she would not wear a hijab. When the family buried Aqsa in an unmarked grave, an outraged Geller funded a special memorial grove for her in Israel.
Atlas Shrugs documents, on a daily basis, the worldwide phenomenon of radical Islamic assault and murders of infidels. She does exactly what the media won’t do. She is hated by the left because her work powerfully overturns its PC memes – “it’s all our fault” or “we must have done something to get them mad” – intended to explain away Islamist violence.
The left seethes at Geller. She has been slammed by several so-called human rights groups – especially the Southern Poverty Law Center, which refused to help free black slaves in Sudan because their masters were Arab/Muslims, and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which Geller calls the Defamation League. (The ADL, as we have documented, hesitates to focus on or campaign against Islamist anti-Semitism.)
Things heated up to a boiling point when Geller created a bus and subway ad campaign that put the truth right out there for all to see. Like the legendary child who blurted “the emperor has no clothes,” Geller’s simple, brilliant ad proclaims, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Fight Jihad.”
Pamela contracted with transit authorities to place the ad on buses and in subway stations in New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. She won court cases against the bureaucrats who at first refused the ads but then had to relent. And so they are up and running.
There are many honest people who agree with the content of the ads, but think they will not be helpful. I understand this feeling, but I disagree. Somebody has to pierce the fog and say the simple truth.
Geller has been pilloried for her use of the word “savage,” which her detractors say is racist against Muslims. Hogwash. Islam has nothing to do with race. Contrary to those who lie about her, she never speaks about “all Muslims.” Here’s a simple truth: We can truly and only help American Muslims by freeing them from the radicals that control – according to congressional testimony – 80 percent of Muslim institutions here. Cooperating with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), as ADL does in the hope that they will cooperate with Jews, is wrongheaded, if not actually insane.
“Savage” is a word the PCers hate because, in our therapeutic culture, we are not supposed to be enraged by assaults on innocents; we are supposed to “understand” those who perpetrate them. Just listen to the sickening psychobabble about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It dishonors the truth and the victims and it gnaws away at the natural solidarity that binds our community. If we don’t get outraged by the murder of our fellow citizens, then those citizens cannot have meant much to us.
Our schools do not teach the simplest of truths: How are decent people supposed to describe what the Islamist bombers in Boston did to the lives and the limbs of the innocents? I’ve seen the uncensored photos of the man in the wheelchair on Boylston St. with his calves and feet blown away and only sticks – his fleshless shin bones – emerging from his knees. What word properly describes those who did this to him?
What is the word that best describes the 2008 jihadist massacre of 170 people in Mumbai, India? What word expresses most clearly the way that Islamists took special care to seek out the Mumbai Chabad House, where they tortured and mutilated Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his pregnant wife Rivkah before they murdered them? We need an adjective for that act.
Or what word best describes the 2011 slaughter in Itamar, Israel, of the Fogel parents and their three children – ages 11, 3, and 3 months – by Palestinian terrorists? If you Google “Fogel family,” you’ll see their baby with its throat slashed. Who slashes the throats of infants?
What’s the best word that expresses righteous disgust with and hatred for people who can be seen on YouTube stoning women to death for having “dishonored” the community?
“Savage” seems the perfect word.
And what is the word that describes the true nature of the Arab/Muslim war on the tiny Jewish state? Who, apart from hardline Jewish leftists and the U.S. State Department, still thinks it’s a border war? As Geller says on Atlas Shrugs, “It’s a Jihad, stupid.”
Much of Boston was on physical lockdown, until our brave cops caught the culprits. Our culture will remain on moral lockdown, until we face and speak the truth.
Thanks, Pamela. Sorry this is a bit late.