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Geller Promises to ‘Save’ Non-Muslims in Muslim Countries

By Leah Nelson on June 30, 2011 - 4:51 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, co-heads of the anti-Muslim hate group Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), have truly outdone themselves.

In the wake of European authorities’ cancellation of a planned rally in Strasbourg, France, the pair has announced its most grandiose plan yet: On Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, SIOA plans to launch a “Freedom from Jihad aid flotilla” called The Audacity of the Infidel. The plan is, in part, meant to mock past and planned flotillas organized by leftists to bring aid to the Gaza Strip, which has been isolated by Israel.

Strasbourg officials put the kibosh on the planned summit, which was to have taken place this Saturday, due to security concerns over protests planned by antifascist groups and what SOIA characterized as “Islamic supremacist organizations.”

(Violent left-wing protests are more common in Europe than they are in the U.S. As Geller and Spencer point out, Strasbourg was also the site of a 2009 demonstration against NATO that turned violent when about 1,000 “Black Bloc” anarchists attacked police and set a hotel on fire. Also in 2009, an anti-Muslim rally in London organized by SIOA’s sister organization, Stop Islamisation of Europe, and the anti-Muslim English Defence League (EDL) ended badly, with riot police shielding the anti-Muslim demonstrators from a vastly larger crowd of counter-protesters.)

“The SIOA/SIOE Freedom From Jihad aid flotilla is intended to be a direct response to the capitulation of French, European, and American authorities to Leftist and Islamic supremacist forces of oppression and injustice,” the SIOA announcement says. “The mission is the first attempt by free citizens anywhere in the world to come to the aid of non-Muslims persecuted for their faith in Muslim countries.”

This is not strictly true. Though history shows that the Crusades were ultimately far more about conquest than virtue, in a 1095 speech at the Council of Clermont, Pope Urban II urged Christians to take up arms and rescue their “brethren” in the East: “As the most of you have heard, the Turks and Arabs have attacked them,” he said. “I, or rather the Lord, beseech you … to carry aid promptly to those Christians and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends.”

Traveling much the same path that the Crusaders did, the SIOA/SIOE flotilla will stop in Greece, sail along the Turkish coast, and stop in Egypt – where, according to Geller and Spencer’s announcement, “All Coptic Christians seeking to escape Islamic oppression will be saved.” It will also visit Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia “and other areas where Christians are facing persecution from Muslims, they said. The expansive itinerary even includes stops in Bangladesh (to help Hindus) and Thailand (to help Buddhists).

The cancellation of the Strasbourg summit, Geller and Spencer wrote, is just more evidence that the flotilla is needed. “When our governing authorities are refusing to protect freedom, we have to do it ourselves.”

As it turns out, the summit was doomed by more than just counter-protests.

Roberta Moore, head of the EDL’s Jewish Division, was to have joined Spencer, Geller, SIOE Director Anders Gravers, and others on Saturday at the now-cancelled Strasbourg rally. But just yesterday, Moore quit her position at the EDL. In an open letter posted on the EDL’s Facebook page, she wrote, “While we are aware that the EDL is doing a fantastic job, … there are elements within that have hijacked the EDL for their own Nazi purposes. I do not wish to be part of it any longer.” The EDL’s fascist tendencies were already well known to most people.

But Geller, who has been a steady booster of the EDL and even invited the thuggish group to join her at her rally last Sept. 11 against the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” only finally repudiated the organization in an item posted this morning on her “Atlas Shrugs” blog. “When the EDL first came on the scene, I noted their strong support of Israel: Israeli flags at their rallies, and forthright expressions of solidarity with the Jewish State in its resistance to the same relentless jihad that is advancing in Britain,” she wrote. “[T]he presence of the Jewish division was decisive.”

Geller admitted to having been “troubled” by images of EDL members giving the Nazi salute, but said she had been sure that the group was committed to expelling all anti-Semites and fascist sympathizers.

“However,” she wrote this morning, “it has become increasingly clear that the EDL has morphed and diverged from its original course. They now have clearly been infiltrated by the worst kind of influences, something that had successfully staved off for years, and they’re no longer staving it off. …Now that the person whom I most trusted in the EDL, Roberta Moore, has resigned, as she was increasingly uncomfortable with the neo-fascists that had infiltrated the administration of the group, I too am withdrawing my support from the EDL.”

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    No, it makes you a cowardly moron who is afraid of his own shadow.

  • Luke

    Now I know why they cut the heads off of Christians.

  • todd

    I don’t want Izlam taking over America either.

    Guess that makes me a “hater.”

  • Aron Levy

    Jonas,

    Considering how much of the EDL consists of racist skinheads, I would have to disagree with you.

    Just because they have a ‘Jewish Division’ does not mean that the vast majority of the organization of friends of the Jewish faith. I think they are merely ultra-Zionist because of the position that modern Zionism takes toward Islam.

    In short, I wouldn’t trust the EDL as far as I could throw it. Which isn’t terribly far at all.

    Aron

  • Jonas Rand

    I disagree that the EDL hate Jews. Their “Jewish Division” reveals that they are not like traditional, anti-Semitic Nazis, but more like “Zionazis”, who are pro-Israel, to a fault, but are quite prejudiced and racist toward non-Jews and non-Christians.

  • Mitch Beales

    The United States certainly bears some responsibility for the fate of Europe’s Jews but, if anything, the culprit was the failure of the US to answer the “calls for war” in the mid to late 30s. A bigger problem was the restrictive immigration quota system in effect at the time which kept those seeking refuge from the Nazis out of the US. Refugees, including both Muslims and non-Muslims, continue to be endangered by American xenophobia and the restrictive immigration policies it produces. Instead of wasting effort arguing about Charles Lindbergh perhaps we could save modern refugees from persecution and poverty by adopting more humane immigration laws.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Hahahaha!! Wow!! It’s quite amazing when leftists and liberals openly admit the hellish and miserable life that the indigenous, non-Muslim pre-Islamic peoples of Middle East (the still surviving ones, anyway) have as third-class citizens in their own ancestral lands under their invader Muslim overlords, who now outnumber the said natives 10 to 1.”

    What evidence do you have that these people live a “hellish and miserable” life? The “liberal” you attacked certainly did not suggest that.

    ” All the while, at the same time the likes of you ferociously attack and slander those non-brainwashed few remaining courageous European men and women from EDL, BNP, NPD, Front National and Vlaams Belang, for not wishing to become racially and demographically displaced in their own countries by non-European immigrant colonizers, because they don’t want their people to end up in the same horrific predicament that the Armenians, Pontic Greeks and Assyrians were in Turkey, or the Maronites are in Lebanon and the Copts are in Egypt.”

    Hold on a second…RACIAL? I thought this was just about culture and religion? Guess that was a Freudian slip; or maybe Hitler slip. Anyway, those groups are far from “courageous” as they scapegoat pretty much any minority group, including Poles in the case of some of them. Not many Muslim Poles in Britain.

    Also you are apparently unfamiliar with the term colonization. See, colonization is when people come into another territory by force or some ruse, and start to run society. Immigration and colonization are two different things.

  • Aron Levy

    Rodger,

    So you’re saying that you agree with Lindy’s assertion that American demonization of Germany led to worse treatment of the Jews?

    You’re a bigger fool than most.

    No wonder you defend all of those crypto- (and not quite so cryptically) Fascist organizations. (See the EDL…)

    Have fun in your fantasy world!

    Aron

  • Rodger

    Difluoroethene said,

    “How exactly does Geller plan to “save” Coptic Christians in Egypt with her flotilla? Does she plan on relocating them, and if so, to where?”

    “I too am worried about the possibility that the Coptic community may face more persecution in the future, as a religious minority in the Middle East”

    Hahahaha!! Wow!! It’s quite amazing when leftists and liberals openly admit the hellish and miserable life that the indigenous, non-Muslim pre-Islamic peoples of Middle East (the still surviving ones, anyway) have as third-class citizens in their own ancestral lands under their invader Muslim overlords, who now outnumber the said natives 10 to 1. All the while, at the same time the likes of you ferociously attack and slander those non-brainwashed few remaining courageous European men and women from EDL, BNP, NPD, Front National and Vlaams Belang, for not wishing to become racially and demographically displaced in their own countries by non-European immigrant colonizers, because they don’t want their people to end up in the same horrific predicament that the Armenians, Pontic Greeks and Assyrians were in Turkey, or the Maronites are in Lebanon and the Copts are in Egypt.

    “But, having an extremist like Geller setting herself up as a “friend” to their community isn’t doing the Copts any favors either.”

    Again, with your hypocrisy. You know, Charles Lindbergh said almost exactly the same thing, when he warned the American public on how the pervasive demonizing of Germany and German people by the mainstream U.S media, prominent public figures and politicians and their drumming up of the calls for war (all of which was already taking place from mid to late 30s, before the WWII actually broke out), will only serve to exacerbate the already existing ill-will in Germany towards Jews even more and would further endanger the lives of the Jewish community.

  • Mitch Beales

    I often wonder how many in Germany applauded the persecution of communists, homosexuals, Roma, and Jews until they themselves were deported to death camps. Persecution of minorities is reprehensible and perilous whoever the victims may be. Geller and Moore have finally realized that the EDL hates Jews as much as they hate Muslims. Perhaps someday they will realize that religious and ethnic intolerance are a danger to each of us. Finally we are each a minority of one.

  • TOC

    Not Muslims, but we, European Christians committed atrocity against Jews throughout the history – “pogroms”, expulsions and finally Holocaust. On the other side, Muslims were providing safe harbor to Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews for centuries. It saddens me that the West bank looks scarily like Warsaw ghetto 1942.

    ***

    Israel occupied the Palestinian territories in the 1967; UN SC Resolutions 242 and 478 declared this act “null and void”, stating that it was a violation of international law.

    UN SC Resolution 242 – adopted unanimously in 1967, in the aftermath of the Six Day War – says:

    “Affirms that the fulfillment of Charter principles requires the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East which should include the application of both the following principles:

    (i) Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;

    (ii) Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2.....Gaza_Strip

    “…United Nations have called the blockade illegal according to the Geneva Conventions on a number of occasions, a call also echoed by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Both organizations repeatedly urge Israel to lift the blockade…”

    ***

    Ergo: accordingly to international laws Israel has no jurisdiction over the coastline of Gaza Strip.

    “Ex injuria jus non oritur” (Latin: law does not arise from injustice) is a principle of international law.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    The idea that radical leftists and Islamic fundamentalists are in cahoots comes from none other than Glenn Beck.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Of course the original ‘leftist’ flotilla was not trying to bring aid to Gaza , aid already reaches Gaza through Israel (and Egypt which is also ‘isolating’ Gaza though always left unmentioned) and is paid for by …well US, Europe through UNRWA and other charities. The Turkish organised flotilla was a stunt to attempt to force Israel to lift its blockade and allow unfettered access to the Hamas regime that controls Gaza. Israel doesnt want such uncontrolled access to a designated terrorist led State as it fears escalation of armed hostilities along the Gazan border similar to hezballah along the lebanese border.”

    In fantasy land, sure.

  • Jonas Rand

    How does this pathetic attempt at defending the siege of Gaza actually intend to assist non-Muslims?

    Also, leftists and “Islamic supremacists” aren’t in cahoots with each other, where did that nonsense come from?

  • David Xavier

    Of course the original ‘leftist’ flotilla was not trying to bring aid to Gaza , aid already reaches Gaza through Israel (and Egypt which is also ‘isolating’ Gaza though always left unmentioned) and is paid for by …well US, Europe through UNRWA and other charities. The Turkish organised flotilla was a stunt to attempt to force Israel to lift its blockade and allow unfettered access to the Hamas regime that controls Gaza. Israel doesnt want such uncontrolled access to a designated terrorist led State as it fears escalation of armed hostilities along the Gazan border similar to hezballah along the lebanese border.

    Geller’s flotilla , if it gets off the ground ..is also a stunt , designed to shine a light on the conditions of minorities in Muslim majority countries…which can sometimes be perilous.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    There are few places in the world where non-Muslims are facing Gaza-like conditions at the hands of Muslims. Turkey, of course, is still a secular state, notwithstanding the recent victories of the AK Party. Obviously Coptic Christians have faced some violence recently, but they have been in Egypt for well over a thousand years now, and they haven’t expressed any desire to leave en masse.

    If anyone gets on that boat it will probably be because they believe they are being offered asylum to the US or something. I predict humiliation, disaster, and hilarity.

  • Difluoroethene

    How exactly does Geller plan to “save” Coptic Christians in Egypt with her flotilla? Does she plan on relocating them, and if so, to where?

    I too am worried about the possibility that the Coptic community may face more persecution in the future, as a religious minority in the Middle East. But, having an extremist like Geller setting herself up as a “friend” to their community isn’t doing the Copts any favors either.

    It’s just like when Glenn Beck set up his rally to “support” Israel; ultimately, I feel rallies like that will do Israel more harm than good, since the last thing the people of Israel need is to be associated with divisive figures like Beck (and Geller).

  • Terry Washington

    Well, duh-is it only NOW that Pamela Geller has noted the overtly extreme right wing(if not out and our fascist/Nazi influences) within the EDL???