Park51

The Year Of Fear

What Park51 and the Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding say about the Jewish community.

Special To The Jewish Week
01/14/2011

 While I would not necessarily have labeled it as such, when the religion writers of America declared that Park51, the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” was the biggest religion story of the year, it’s hard to ignore — especially given that we are in New York and the fact that this story certainly got the attention of lots of Jews from across the ideological and theological spectrum. And yet, the building itself is not a big deal.

Groom Marc Mezvinsky and bride Chelsea Clinton’s with the bride’s parents. getty images

Seven Who Made A Difference In 2010

For better or worse, the newsmakers of the year.

12/28/2010
Editor and Publisher

Delegitimization. Flotilla.  Park51. Settlement freeze. Loyalty oath. The BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement.

These words and phrases recall some of the challenges and controversies that cropped up for Israel and the Jewish community in 2010, a year of increasing assaults on Jerusalem’s legitimacy on an international scale, and blame from Washington for the lack of progress in Mideast peace efforts.

Gary Rosenblatt

Rabbis For Human Rights Host Cordoba House Founder

At Manhattan conference, activist rabbis say too few Jews spoke up on behalf of the embattled Muslim cultural center.

12/07/2010
Staff Writer

The Jewish community’s role in this year’s controversy over a planned Islamic center in Lower Manhattan was alternately praised and condemned at a meeting of activist rabbis here this week.

One of the initiators of the Cordoba House thanked the Jewish community for its support, while a prominent New York rabbi argued that the Jewish community had not done enough.

“We could not have done this without your support,” Park51’s Daisy Khan told a Rabbi for Human Rights conference here this week.

Grant Request Revives Mosque Controversy

Application for $5 million from federal fund decried as affront by critics, but board member says it will be decided strictly by grant criteria
Jewish groups mostly silent on issue.

11/23/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

News that the organization planning an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero has applied for $5 million in federal recovery funds for programming has reawakened a controversy that largely fell silent months ago.

Pamela Geller, left, and LMDC board member Julie Menin.

Mosque Conflict Seen Sharpening Jewish Divisions

Nascent effort to combat anti-Islam sentiment running into strong headwind.

09/15/2010
Washington Correspondent

The New York Islamic center controversy — and what some analysts say is the worst surge of nativism and bigotry since the Red Scare of the 1950s — is sharpening longstanding rifts in American Jewish life.

Sign of the times: Opponents of the planned Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero protest on 9/11. Getty Images

Amid Mosque Clamor, A Quiet 9/11 Memorial

09/07/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

A Dutch politician derided by the Anti-Defamation League as an anti-Muslim bigot is among the headline speakers slated to appear at a Sept. 11 rally in Lower Manhattan. The rally, sponsored by the group, Stop Islamization of America, will protest the proposed Islamic community center-mosque near Ground Zero.

Rabbi Meyer Hager, center at right, and some of the firefighters attached to Engine Company 6.

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.
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