You know things are bad when a little Jew can't even give a talk at a synagogue on Long Island.
Here is the latest on Habeebgate. In my column last Monday, I reported on a coordinated leftist/Muslim campaign to intimidate the officials of a Long Island synagogue where I am scheduled to speak on April 14 into canceling my talk. But the Great Neck Synagogue refused to kowtow to intimidation: The talk is still set to go on, and now the Islamic supremacist commissioner of the Nassau County Human Rights Commission, Habeeb U. Ahmed, is in hot water for using the power of his position to try to strong-arm the synagogue into canceling my talk.
Almost immediately after learning that I was scheduled to speak, Ahmed wrote to a group of area leftist leaders. Apparently he used his position on the Human Rights Commission as if he were a mob boss, deploying a small coterie of leftists and Islamic supremacists in a covert effort to intimidate the Great Neck Synagogue into canceling my scheduled speech there. Habeeb and his accomplices ordered their minions to strong-arm the shul, make calls and get the synagogue leaders to cancel a proud Jew scheduled to speak at their synagogue. (More here.)
As a result of this egregious violation of the public trust, now the Nassau County Attorney's office has opened an investigation into Habeeb Ahmed's conduct. According to Brian Nevin, a senior policy adviser to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, the investigation is attempting to determine whether Habeed Ahmed "misused his title" to strong-arm the synagogue into silencing free speech and enforcing the Shariah.
Nevin said: "They are looking to see if any rules in the county charter were broken. It may be that there is no policy – and he has apologized." (More here.)
He apologized – good. But that is hardly enough. I welcome this investigation and hope the imposition of Shariah blasphemy laws using public office will be punished to the full extent of the law – American law for American courts. Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano should conduct a complete ethics probe and an investigation of Habeeb Ahmed's abuse of power.
I urge Mangano to remove this thug from office. Habeeb Ahmed must go. Ahmed is attempting to deny our First Amendment rights, using his political power to bully and intimidate. Further, how is the Chairman of the Board of the Human Rights Commission Zahid Syed handling Habeeb Ahmed's strong-arming using the power and influence of his political office?
Habeeb must go.
But he has allies among compromised leftist Jews. The Forward reported: "New York activist groups
Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and Jews Say No! announced their opposition to a speech set for April 14 by Pamela Geller, an activist known for her extreme anti-Muslim rhetoric, at the Modern Orthodox Great Neck Synagogue. In an email sent to JVP activists on April 3, the organization called on members to contact the Great Neck Synagogue and ask it to cancel the event. Rebecca Vilkomerson, JVP's executive director, told the Forward on April 4 that at least 50 people had contacted Great Neck Synagogue at the group's behest."
These are not Jewish groups but anti-Jewish groups which, when they are not attacking Jews, are calling for a kristallnacht against the tiny Jewish state. They promote and sponsor the vicious boycott, divest and sanction (BDS) movement designed to alienate and cut Israel off from the rest of the world.
The Great Neck Synagogue should be proud that it incurred the ire of the viciously anti-Israel cabal of craven quislings – lapdogs for annihilationists.
I sent this statement I gave to the Forward (true to form, they only used one or two sentences):
These are not truly Jewish organizations. Their fundamental allegiance is to the political left. They are consistently anti-Israel, and manifest complete indifference – or worse – when innocent Jews are murdered in cold blood by Islamic jihadists, and when the Gaza Muslims celebrate those murders. Jewish history is plagued with these quislings, who are willing tools serving as the public face for supremacists and annihilationists.
The left uses these Jews to defame and destroy a Jew who is truly standing up for Israel and for the principles of freedom and human rights that the Jewish State represents. It's inexcusable. The kapos had guns to their heads. What's their excuse?
These savages speak whenever and wherever they want, but challenge the big lies and the manufactured myths and you are in for a world of pain. Huge props to the Great Neck Synagogue for standing firm for free speech – a Jewish value, I might add. I urge my readers and all freedom lovers to join me at the Great Neck synagogue on April 14 and drown out these voices of darkness.