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UPDATE: Amid pressure, Long Island Synagogue Cancels Geller’s Speech

Imagine 2050 Staff • Apr 10, 2013

2nd UPDATE (4/11/13): Pamela Geller has now been invited by two additional synagogues to speak on the same day as the previously scheduled Great Neck Synagogue engagement. She said on her website that she will be speaking Sunday, April 14, at Chabad in Great Neck, NY, and Congregation Beth-El in Edison, NJ. Following those appearances, she plans to lead a free speech demonstration at the Nassau County Human Rights Commission Office.

UPDATE (4/11/13): Officials at Great Neck Synagogue on Long Island, N.Y., have canceled Pamela Geller’s talk scheduled for this Sunday, April 14, citing potential legal liability and security concerns. The decision comes after a coordinated effort by interfaith organizations and Nassau County officials, including Human Rights Commissioner Habeeb Ahmed, to urge the synagogue to bar Geller.

According to its website, the Nassau Human Rights commission “is committed to promoting harmony among the diverse populations of Nassau County.”

Says Geller:

Due to relentless intimidation, bullying and threats, the Great Neck Synagogue is cancelling my talk at the Great Neck Synagogue on Sunday. It is a very sad day for freedom-loving peoples when fascist tactics trump free speech. … They win. Again.


Pamela Geller is scheduled to give a talk, “Imposition of Sharia in America,” at the Great Neck Synagogue on Long Island this Sunday, April 14.

The New York-based Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition said in a statement that this event can contribute to an atmosphere that can foster hateful ideas. Several other Jewish individuals and groups, along with some interfaith groups, called on the synagogue to cancel the event, citing Geller’s hateful tactics and her organization’s designation as a hate group.

“The kind of venom that she spews against Islam is completely inappropriate for a synagogue,” said Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace.

As of now, Geller speech is still on. She struck back at her critics calling them anti-Israel and “savages.”

“You know things are bad when a little Jew can’t even give a talk at a synagogue on Long Island,” she wrote Monday on WND.

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