Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Op-Ed Calls on Jews to Reject Anti-Muslim Sentiments on NYC Bus Ads

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, published an op-ed today in the New York Daily News titled “Jews, reject Pamela Geller’s anti-Muslim venom.” He writes,

She’s back. Under the auspices of something deemed the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the infamous fearmonger Pamela Geller has reasserted provocative hatred onto New York City streets — with new anti-Muslim ads that could appear on city buses.

“Killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah,” one such ad reads, alongside the image of a young man in a headscarf. It continues: “That’s his Jihad. What’s yours?”

Though the advertisements were challenged in court, the Hon. John Koeltl of the U.S. District Court, citing the First Amendment, allowed them. Partly to avoid featuring these ads, the MTA may succeed in changing its policy to bar all future political ads.

But whether they ultimately run or not, this hatred has been exposed, and New Yorkers — and the Jewish community in particular — cannot be silent.

Read the full op-ed from the New York Daily News.

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One Response to “Op-Ed Calls on Jews to Reject Anti-Muslim Sentiments on NYC Bus Ads”

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    Pamela Geller is playing the same role that not enough people played during the late 1930s, when they pointed out that the Nazis meant what they said. I am not sure what role Rabbi Jacobs is playing, but there were also people during the late 1930s who said Nazism was not a problem.

    While most American Muslims are peaceful and loyal citizens, a substantial minority are in fact the counterparts of the Nazi sympathizers and apologists during the late 1930s, and maybe even the 1940s. Before anybody says “Godwin’s Law,” remember that the Nazis and Islamists both said they have the right to rule the world, and kill or enslave those they deem inferior.

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