This is good to see. A vigorous Jewish defense of my fight for freedom (The Jewish Press) versus a leftist Jewicidal press kowtowing to annihilationists and libelists (The Forward, JTA). Pity you don't see the battles in the Muslim press for and against. Such things are not allowed under the sharia.
Language is power and words can hurt By Yori Yanover June 28th, 2013
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency story on Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer being banned from entering the U.K. opens with this line:
“Anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller was banned from entering Britain.”
Did you get that? Language is power and words can hurt, and when your copy is carried by hundreds of editors of small and large Jewish publications, that claptrap can become the stuff of lawsuits. I know I would sue if anyone called me an “Anti-Islam activist” and then made sure this message ran across the entire Jewish world.
I emailed Pamela, who is a regular Jewish Press online contributor: “I’ve been following your writing for some time and did not get the impression that you were ‘anti-Islam,’ but rather against some very offensive aspects of modern-day Islamic practice. Question: Do you make a distinction in collaborating, between anti-Islamists and people who hate Islam per se?”
To which Pamela responded: “It is the media that are relentlessly trying to portray counter-jihadists as anti- this or that, and hating something or other. In reality, we are fighting for humane values, for individual rights, for equality of rights of all before the law, for the dignity of the human person. The word ‘Islamist’ is a Western construct designed to distance Islam from the violence and hatred perpetrated in its name. While not all Muslims are violent or supremacist, the violent and supremacists use texts and teachings of Islam to justify their actions and make recruits among peaceful Muslims. Until this is confronted and peaceful Muslims reform Islam and expunge the Koran of its violence and antisemitism, acts of hate will continue to be committed by Muslims in the name of Islam, and defenders of freedom will continue to oppose those acts of hate.”
The JTA story also mentioned that Geller and Spencer “were scheduled to participate in a London rally organized by the far-right English Defense League.”
Now, having experienced how the Israeli media are in the habit of attaching the dubious “far-right” designation to anyone who supports Jewish life in all of Eretz Israel, I had to find out for myself just how “far-right” the EDL was.
Wikipedia repeated the FR compliment, but added some important context: “The English Defence League (EDL) is a far-right organization which opposes what it considers to be a spread of Islamism, Sharia law and Islamic extremism in the United Kingdom. The EDL has been described as Islamophobic. The group has faced confrontations with various groups, including supporters of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Anonymous.
The citations in Wicki were, by and large, from left-wing sources, most prominently The Telegraph. So I checked out all three organizations’ websites, and both EDL and UAF, which are entangled in a battle to the death against each other, apparently, are pro-Israel and against antisemitism. But Anonymous is virulently anti-Israel, and boasts of its “Operation Israel,” back in April, when they went “hacking thousands of websites, leaking a number of databases, and defacing government websites.”
Of course, what they really did, for the most part, was bombard harmless Israeli websites with traffic their servers could not handle, so they crashed for a while. But in my book, if Anonymous are against anyone – I’m with anyone.
I wrote Pamela Geller that I’m pretty sure the EDL are anti-Islam (rather than anti-Islamists), but added that, surprisingly, despite some obvious soccer-culture images on the website, when I searched the word “Jews” I did not see antisemitic content. Likewise for “Israel.”
Pamela responded: “There is nothing surprising in the fact that you did not see antisemitic content: contrary to media myth, the EDL is not neo-Nazi, but avowedly and proudly pro-Israel. No other English group proudly waves Israeli flags at its rallies — and yet no other group is so often smeared as antisemitic. It is an injustice.”
By the way, the EDL Saturday rally will be held at the site where two African Muslims meat-cleavered off the head of a British soldier in broad day light.
Perhaps the best thing the British government could do at this point is ban the entry of Meat Cleavers into the U.K.
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"Anti-Muslim" again. I am not "anti-Muslim." I am opposed to a violent and supremacist ideology that discriminates against women and non-Muslims and seeks to subvert Western societies and freedoms. But for this dhimmi tool and so many others, that's "anti-Muslim." We fight for people, all freedom-loving peoples -- it's the violent, supremacist ideology we oppose. Period.
Pamela Geller Barred From Britain for Anti-Muslim Rally on London Slaying by Liam Hoare, Jewish Daily Forward, June 26, 2013
London — Pamela Geller, the controversial anti-Islam blogger and activist infamous for her staunch criticism and denigration of Islam, has been banned from entering the United Kingdom by Home Secretary Theresa May. In a two-page letter which Geller uploaded onto her blog, Atlas Shrugs, the Home Office informed Geller that has been “excluded from the UK” on the basis that her “presence here would not be conducive to the public good.” Her previous history indicated to the Home Secretary that Geller may attempt to “foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK.”What does that have to do with me? Nothing whatsoever. I have never advocated violence, and nothing in my work justifies attacks on innocent people. For Liam Hoare to mention these incidents in a story about my being banned from the UK is a smear of the highest order. He is implying that what I say and do encourages such things, endorsing the British Home Office's craven claim that I justify violence and hatred.
Below the letter in her blogpost, Geller reacted to the decision:
In a striking blow against freedom, the British government has banned us from entering the country. Muhammad al-Arifi, who has advocated Jew-hatred, wife-beating, and jihad violence, entered the U.K. recently with no difficulty. In not allowing us into the country solely because of our true and accurate statements about Islam, the British government is behaving like a de facto Islamic state. The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead.
Geller and her co-founder of Stop Islamisation of America (SIOA), Robert Spencer, who has also been banned from entering the UK, had been due to attend and speak at a rally in Woolwich organized by the English Defense League, the far-right movement which purports to share with Geller a mutual concern over the Islamisation of Europe, on Saturday, June 29. “Today is a sad day for freedom of speech,” EDL leader Tommy Robinson stated after Geller announced her ban.
It was in Woolwich that on May 22, the soldier Lee Rigby was murdered by two assailants armed with knives and a meat cleaver. One of the suspects, Michael Adebolajo, justified the action by stating that, “The only reason we have killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers.” Since the attack, several mosques and Islamic community centers across Britain have been desecrated with graffiti, including swastikas and the letters EDL and NF. On June 23, a small explosive device was left outside a mosque in Walsall, near Birmingham.
In a statement, a Home Office spokesman said: ‘We condemn all those whose behaviors and views run counter to our shared values and will not stand for extremism in any form.’Yet they just let in Mohammed al-Arifi, who preaches jihad violence, Jew-hatred, and wife-beating. That is not fomenting violence or fostering hatred. Spencer and I preaching free speech and individual rights -- that's what's unacceptable.
Under British legal provisions introduced in 2005 to combat terrorism and extremism, the Border Agency under the auspices of the Home Office has the power to either deport or deny entry to non-UK citizens who engage in “unacceptable behaviors.” This covers people who use the media or public speech to “foment, justify or glorify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs, seek to provoke others to terrorist acts, foment other serious criminal activity or seek to provoke others to serious criminal acts, or foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK.”
On the basis of Geller’s work with SIOA, Jihad Watch, and Atlas Shrugs, as well as her previous public statements, the Home Secretary personally deemed that if she were to “espouse such views” in the UK, Geller “would be committing unacceptable behaviors and would therefore be behaving in a way that is not conducive to the public good.”So it is not conducive to the public good to oppose jihad violence, Islamic Jew-hatred, honor killings, clitoridectomies, enslavement, etc.