As I noted in my column on Wednesday, the Islamic supremacist group American Muslims for “Palestine” is running repulsive, anti-Semitic ads in the New York City transit system – beginning on the first day of Passover. The ads accuse Israel of being an “apartheid” state. And now my organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, or AFDI, is responding with a new series of ads of our own, focusing on the real apartheid, Islamic apartheid: the institutionalized oppression of women, gays and non-Muslims under Islamic law (Shariah).
Enemedia coverage has been typical. Newsday said: “Supporters of Israel are striking back at pro-Palestine ads placed at Metro-North stations during the Passover holiday with billboards graphically depicting what it claims is Islamic oppression of gays, Jews and women.” The anti-Semitic ads aren’t “pro-Palestine” or pro-anything; they say “End apartheid now! Stop U.S. aid to Israel.” But Newsday is anxious to present them as positive, not negative, and so they’re “pro-Palestine.” My ads, meanwhile, which depict the actual mistreatment of women, gays, non-Muslims and Jews in Islamic lands, only “claim” to depict “oppression.”
Newsday quotes at length the head of American Muslims for “Palestine,” Hatem Bazian, while including no statement from me, even though I sent one to Newsday reporter Tom Zambito. And of course, the Newsday piece doesn’t mention this notorious statement from Bazian at a rally in 2004: “We’re sitting here and watching the world pass by, people being bombed, and it’s about time that we have an intifada in this country that change[s] fundamentally the political dynamics in here. … They’re gonna say, ‘some Palestinian being too radical’ – well, you haven’t seen radicalism yet!”
But now this self-described radical who called for armed insurrection in the United States and is publishing anti-Semitic ads vilifying Israel in Goebbels-like terms is in the mainstream and gets ample space in Newsday to smear my ads as “racist.” What race is Islam’s legalized mistreatment of women, gays, non-Muslims and Jews?
Yori Yanover in the Jewish Press was even worse: “The American Freedom Defense Initiative, the group that brought you subway ads equating Muslims to savages, is hoping to install yet another round of anti-Islamist posters, this time at Metro-North stations.
Pamela Geller, NYC’s most outspoken Islamophobe and executive director of the AFDI, submitted the ads to the MTA Tuesday.”
My earlier ads did not equate Muslims to savages. They equated jihadists who murder innocent Israeli civilians and celebrate those murders with savages. And yet the Jewish Press calls me an “Islamophobe” and sides with those who are perpetrating a blood libel against Israel. Yanover even goes out of his way to write this: “The MTA, however, will likely include a prominent disclaimer on the ads that reads, ‘This is a paid advertisement sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. The display of this advertisement does not imply MTA’s endorsement of any views expressed.'” The American Muslims for “Palestine” ad carries the same disclaimer, but the Jewish Press doesn’t mention that, as if to suggest that my ads are so toxic that only they have to carry the disclaimer. But no matter how desperately Yanover tries to obfuscate and sanitize jihad mass murder, he merely comes off as the craven quisling he obviously works so hard to be.
Even Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ran a piece attacking an earlier series of AFDI ads – my ads depicting real statements from real jihadists to counter the deceptive campaign by the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations to whitewash the bloody meaning of jihad. Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty once stood for freedom against Soviet communist tyranny. Now they’ve reduced themselves to a propaganda arm for the latest tyranny to threaten the free world: that of Islamic supremacism. Their article runs interference for Hamas-CAIR’s cynical #MyJihad campaign, which is intended to make Americans complacent about the jihad threat. Shillers for killers.
RFE/RL reporter Heather Maher wrote that I was the same as “extremists” like Osama bin Laden (when did I order any planes flown into buildings?): “The other group of extremists is represented by people like Pamela Geller, who eagerly embraces the word’s [jihad] most violent meaning.” Robert Spencer responded: “This is the basest libel. Pamela Geller doesn’t ‘eagerly embrace’ jihad’s ‘most violent meaning.’ … She is trying to call attention to it so as to increase resistance to it. … This is like saying that Winston Churchill ‘eagerly embraced’ and ‘promoted’ Nazism.”
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