Feisal Abdul Rauf

The Passions (And Perils) Of Pamela Geller

The vehement Park51 opponent and day school mom sits down with Jewish Week, up to a point.

09/01/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

 Pamela Geller had had enough.

The right-wing blogger, whose vehement opposition to the planned Islamic community center near Ground Zero (a “mega-mosque” in her parlance) has earned Geller national headlines, rose from her seat at a Midtown diner last week and, fed up with the line of questioning, stormed out of a Jewish Week interview.

“Shame on you,” she shouted, “shame on you. Stop slamming the good guys.”

A journalist’s offense? Asking questions about her accuracy and her red-meat rhetoric.

Pamela Geller speaks in opposition to the proposed Islamic cultural center.

The Palestinian Mandelas

Reading this Economist review of "Budrus," a new documentary about a nascent Palestinian non-violent movement, which premiers in New York this October, reminded of Tom Friedman.  I'm usually a fan of Friedman's Middle East commentary; he's one of the few voices who's spent years reporting from region and gets both Israeli and Arab viewpoints pretty much right.  

‘Moderate’ Muslim Tag Ever-Murky For Community

Reaction to N.Y. imam at center of downtown mosque storm points up unresolved tension, even after years
of interfaith dialogue.

08/25/2010
Staff Writer

 An Islamic leader from the United States gives a lecture about the founding of Israel in the wake of the Holocaust. He recommends a book that denies that mass murder of Jews took place during World War II, calls the Holocaust a hoax and declares that “All this [information about six million Jewish deaths] is false propaganda.” Hitler, the leader says, “never intended to mass-destroy the Jews.”

An extremist?

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, moderate or closet radical? Renewed focus on nature of Islamic leadership. Getty Images
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