To: Toronto Board of Rabbis
4600 Bathurst Street
Hillel said: If I am not for myself, who is for me?
And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?
Ethics of the Fathers 1:14
These are the opening words of your homepage and it is appropriate at this time to ask you why these words do not apply to Pamela Geller’s campaign to defend the Jewish people (and all people) from sharia and jihad and protect Muslims from their own barbarous acts against their own people, especially young women whose plight Ms. Geller has highlighted (she has actually helped many young women in distress).
Last night at the Toronto Zionist Center I witnessed a spectacular event in which Jews were unified in support of a woman of courage, a woman whose erudition, compassion and knowledge had the audience spellbound as she revealed the truth about Islamic extremism in a concise and factual way, backing each and every claim and assertion with common sense and an understanding that comes from having read and studied and lived through the problems that others have so arrogantly sloughed off because they are unprepared to accept, consider and act upon the truth.
Some at this time are still blaming others for the violence and killing in the name of jihad, as if ignoring the truth or presenting it as a problem that can be curtailed if we just give more to the terrorists and respect their way of life and their worldview. Jews, of all people, should know that when people say that they want to do us harm, whether they are commanded to do so in Hitler’s Mein Kampf or the Islamic Haddiths, the executioners must be taken seriously. Some Jews in America did not take the lead up to the Holocaust seriously; some Jews, and even some rabbis wanted to appease the leaders of the day, not upset their positions in American society, and counseled other Jews and those in power to ignore the pleas of other Jews in America who had the moral fortitude and courage to speak out against Nazism and were sensitive to the horrific calls of distress from their brothers and sisters in Europe.
Pamela Geller is one of the brave ones who is willing to put her career on the line and throw all her energy into an endeavor that other Jewish leaders have failed to understand/support and, most disturbingly, these Jewish leaders often reveal a disdainful and twisted reaction when people like Ms. Geller speak out – it is beyond sha-shtil and has entered the realm of condemning people who are for us while sympathizing with those who are against us.
I heard last night that the Toronto Board of Rabbis has spoken against Pamela Geller and support the York Region Police who strong-armed a rabbi into giving up his right to offer Ms. Geller the stage in his Chabad to publically air her knowledge and facts – and that is a shameful immoral act of betrayal by rabbis – and an act of aggression against a woman of valor.
I am ashamed of the Toronto Board of Rabbis (and others see last letter) for being so willfully blind, unwilling to listen to what Ms.Geller has to say, unwilling to allow others the opportunity to hear her warnings and the impactful story she has to tell. It is shameful that as Canadians are being targeted by those who want to behead our Prime Minister, poison our water and blow up our passenger railways, while the Toronto Board of Rabbis are speaking out against a woman who speaks to these issues with strength, courage and knowledge.
I work each and every day on the problems of antisemitism and defending Israel against those who have been molesting our rights to speak up in defense of our homeland and in defense of our rights to live without the terrorism that comes mainly from one source – jihadists - whatever form that terrorism takes, wherever the terrorists happen to live. The Toronto Board of Rabbis are endangering their community and especially Jews when they condemn that which ought to be praised and supported but instead back those who are killing our people as we speak and have vowed to kill many more in the future.
Please rescind your uninformed decision now and make your statement as public as your initial condemnation of Ms. Geller.
When challenged by an Atlas reader, Canadian Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich defended the Toronto Board of Rabbis' condemnation of me by saying that the Board objected to my "inaccurate and dishonest statements such as this one; 'Muslims slaughtering Jews is hardly new -- it's one of the highest forms of Islamic worship.'"
Is Muslims slaughtering Jews one of the highest forms of Islamic worship, or is that an "inaccurate and dishonest statement"?
Well, Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, said that “the last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him” (Sahih Muslim 6985).
That means that Muslims can help bring on the last hour, and the final victory of what they think is good and right, by killing Jews. Is that not an act of worship?
Muhammad’s words and deeds are normative for Muslims, since he is an “excellent example of conduct” (Koran 33:21). The Koran instructs Muslims repeatedly to obey Muhammad (3:32; 3:132; 4:13; 4:59; 4:69; 5:92; 8:1; 8:20; 8:46; 9:71; 24:47; 24:51; 24:52; 24:54; 24:56; 33:33; 47:33; 49:14; 58:13; 64:12).
That means that the command to kill Jews is an overarching religious mandate in Islam.
Sébastien Selam was a popular disc jockey at Queen, a hot Parisian nightclub. In 2004, a Muslim neighbor of Selam slit his throat and gouged his eyes out. Then he cried out, “I killed my Jew. I will go to heaven!” He clearly thought he had performed an act of worship.
Ilan Halimi was a young Jewish man kidnapped by a Muslim gang in France. He was targeted, tortured for weeks and ultimately murdered because he was Jewish. His captors called his family and read them passages of the Koran while his screams could be heard in the background. They apparently thought they were engaged in an act of worship as they brutally tortured Halimi.
And a recent music video that aired on Hamas' Al Aqsa TV contained the lyric: "Killing Jews is worship
that draws us close to Allah."
In response to this, what are Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich and the Toronto Board of Rabbis doing? Challenging the Muslim community in Canada to expunge the Koran and all Islamic teachings of Jew-hatred? No, they're pretending it doesn't exist and demonizing those who dare to speak the truth.