Jewish groups ask NY shul to cancel 'anti-Islam' speech

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April 6, 2013 19:40
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American leftist Jewish organizations are requesting that a Long Island, New York synagogue cancel a speech to be given by a blogger whom they accuse of holding anti-Muslim views, The Jewish Daily Forward reported Thursday

According to the Forward, In an email sent out to Jewish Voice for Peace members on April 3, the organization asked members to contact the Great Neck Synagogue and request that the April 14 speech to be given by Pamela Geller be cancelled.

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. Other groups participating in the campaign are Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and Jews Say No!

“Our hope is that the synagogue will cancel her appearance,” The Forward quoted Vilkomerson as saying. “The kind of venom that she spews against Islam is completely inappropriate for a synagogue.”

Geller, in response to the backlash against her upcoming event, allegedly criticized the leftist groups as insufficiently Jewish.

“Jewish history is plagued with these quislings, who are willing tools serving as the public face for supremacists and annihilationists,” she wrote in an email to the Forward. “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.”

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