Long Island, NY – Multiple New York-based Jewish activist organizations are joining forces to put pressure on a Long Island synagogue to cancel an upcoming speech by outspoken anti-Islamist blogger Pamela Geller.
The Jewish Daily FORWARD (http://bit.ly/10z6CVC) is reporting that at least three New York groups: Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and Jews Say No! have all asked their members to contact the Modern Orthodox Great Neck Synagogue and express their objections to Geller’s appearance which is scheduled for April 14th.
Attempts by the groups to block Geller have sparked calls of “double standard,” after a couple of the same groups recently pressured Brooklyn College officials to cancel an event featuring the pro-Palestinian group Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.
Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, rejected the charge of “double standard,” saying that the group’s mission is combat racism and bigotry “in all of its forms.”
Vilkomerson called Geller’s “venom” towards Islam “inappropriate” for a synagogue.
In response to the attempts to block her appearance, Geller referred to the groups as “insufficiently Jewish,” calling them “willing tools of supremacists and annihilationists.”