LA Jewish Federation Cancels Event Citing Muslim Threats

June 25, 2012 11:59 am 18 comments

The Jewish Federation Goldsmith Center. Photo: www.you-are-here.com.

At the last minute, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles canceled a Sunday morning event where Pamela Geller was scheduled to speak on the issues of war in the Middle East and the historical hatred of Jews in the Muslim world.

Citing security concerns that the building might be stormed by Muslim activists, the Federation informed the Zionist Organization of America – which was hosting the event – that the speech would be called off.

“We said, ‘we will pay for additional security so there will be no problems,’” Morton Klein, President of the ZOA, told The Algemeiner.  “They rejected that, saying ‘we’re not going to let Pam Geller or any of your people in the building.’”

Klein says the event was posted for weeks on the Federation’s website and that everything was done transparently throughout the process of scheduling Geller to speak, and that the timing of the cancellation was upsetting.

“If there was a problem, we should have discussed it earlier, but we shouldn’t cancel a talk because of threats and condemnations from radical Muslim groups or other anti-Semites,” Klein said.

The Jewish Federation of Greater LA has not returned requests for comment on this story.

Geller, who is a controversial author and activist criticized by some for her beliefs towards Islam, says the Jewish Federation in LA has set a dangerous precedent.

“I think it was a disaster.  Zionism is not welcome at the LA Jewish Federation,” she said in an interview with The Algemeiner. “It was almost a historical moment where they would cave to a group who is affiliated with Hamas,” she said, referring to reports that the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has been linked to the terrorist group by the U.S. Congress, was responsible for the event’s cancellation.

According to the Los Angeles Times, CAIR representative Hussam Ayloush says his group will not be affected by people like Geller.

“We will not be affected by the noise of people who hopefully become more and more irrelevant,” Ayloush said. “Unfortunately, outrageous rhetoric gets attention because it’s outrageous, and Pamela Geller knows that very well.”

Suggestions that the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles may have made their decision based on threats from “left-wing” donors, and not Muslim activists, were made to The Algemeiner by numerous sources.

And according to Klein, officials from the Federation have acknowledged the late cancellation to the ZOA.

“They called and told us they made a mistake by waiting to the last minute to discuss the issue” he said.

“We have nothing against the Federation. They do important work and they help Israel,” Klein added.

UPDATE: Following clarification from the Zionist Organization of America of comments made by Mr. Klein, the following amendments have been added to this article.

1. The event featuring Ms. Geller was posted on the Federation website for three weeks preceding the event as opposed to “months” as reported originally.

2. Mr. Klein’s reference to threats and condemnations from “the Muslim world” was clarified as threats and condemnations from “radical Muslim groups or other anti-Semites.”

3. Mr. Klein’s mention of an apology from the Federation as previously reported was clarified to be in actuality only an acknowledgment of their mistake in waiting to discuss and cancel the event at the last minute.

18 Comments

  • If I had to empty the treasury for added security, I would to uphold the principle of free speech. The LA Federation bowed to the hooligans who now know their weekness.

  • Cowardice and absence of pride are the two motivating factors behind this ignominious surrender to the darkest forces in the universe.
    How do these pathetic “leaders” get to represent anybody and make decisions on anything?
    They represent the most shameful tendencies of Jewish experience.
    Who elected them?
    Avek di padles!

  • As they say: “I’m shocked, that you’re shocked!”
    The “Federation” is a collection of guilt-by-Judaism operatives, making their bucks on the backs of hard-working,under/unemployed people that don’t understand pandering or kowtowing to radical Islam or Jew-haters.

    This is a group that found it necessary to suck up to Farrakhan, to get their daily ration of Jew-bashing…absolutely incorrigible losers.

    What’s amazing is, just like the apparachniks in the Kremlin, these folks (or their concepts) never stop plaguing the Jewish community. It’s as if Spielberg,
    Streisand, Leer, and Woody Allen had veto power, along with Ruth Baider-Ginzburg and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, over any activities at the “Federation.”

    Maybe it’s time for Jews everywhere to remove the progressive, repressive shackles and chart a true path to Jewish pride and self-respect!

  • Mihai-Robert Soran

    Pamela Geller proves to be at least as dangerous for Jewish communities as radical Muslim Groups

  • Peter Caroline

    The Jewish Federation of Wussies is a gaggle of liberal, limp-wristed hoplophobes who would rather apologize to our mortal enemies than stand up like Maccabees. They probably believe that the Holocaust was our fault!

  • Herbert Grossman

    Some Jews, apparently also in the LA Federation, cannot shake the ghetto mentality of their forbears in living on their knees and cowering before the anti-Semites, even here in a free country where they can stand up as proud Jews, exalting in our many accomplishments. Fortunately, most will be gone from the fold by the next generation. Good riddance!

  • It’s interesting to me that this is the only place I’ve heard mention of this. One little bit of appeasement at a time is the poisonous thinking and heart that CAIR counts on to intimidate others.
    Where are all the free speech activists now? I think this is a sign of a much deeper problem.

  • Curt Erlandson

    You people at the LA Fed. might as well get your train engineer licence; at least you’ll be able to drive. Despicable move!

  • Israel is the third, like the third day? (Isaiah 19:24) Reading 1st Samuel 20:12 equals Luke 23:21.

  • glenda urmacher

    As Jews we are incredibly stupid.
    As Los Angeles Jews, we are more so.
    All these high paying executive, who feed off of our donated dollars, to reward themselves with 6 figure incomes, while closing down Jewish CC buildings throughout the greater Los Angeles area, have just stooped to the new low level of yellow belly, spineless wimps.. .
    Or self hating Jews.
    I can’t decide which, but no matter.
    The smart ones among us had stopped donating to the Jewish Federation years ago.
    To stop a Jewish speaker from an prearranged program, due to the threats of morons, places Jewish Federation in the same league as the morons, who would keep an intelligent woman from speaking.

  • Herb Hendrick

    “Unfortunately, outrageous rhetoric gets attention because it’s outrageous”… Unfortunately for islamics, the continuous and increasingly outrageous carnage ridden behavior, nationally and globally, of the fundamentalist islamic muslims, with the tacit support of the moderate muslims, keeps getting more and more attention, around the Free and Courageous world. As a result, more people defect from the muslim gang, and moreover, others are stiffening their resistance to any encroachments by muslims against Freedom and Democracy. See what Germany is proudly doing against muslim encroachment, for example.

    And because of cair’s misbehavior and lies, more people are learning it is a thuggish driven gang, not a religion, and is deserving, by creed and behavior, of extermination, as with nazis, thuggees, mafioso, and any other thuggish gang.

    The cowardice of the Federation is a high shameful disgrace in light of the holocaust, and centuries of islamic examples of genocidal hatred, and actions, non-stop.

    Jews should be proudly showing universal resolve and resistance against a declared enemy such as is islam!

  • What is there to say? Shame on the Jewish Federation. It refused to allow Americans, particularly American Jews the opportunity to learn how Islamic Jew hatred is a driving force in Isla, in general and the root of the intractable conflict the Arab have with Israel in particular. The Federation apologizing for cancellation is not enough. Will it reschedule Pamela Geller – or will continue enforcing ignorance as the order of the day? If it does not promptly reschedule Pamela Geller and perhaps even invite Steve Emerson to talk about his book “Jihad Incorporated – A Guide to a Militant Islam in the US,” here is the e-mail to remove oneself from the LA Federation donors’ list: kdors@jewishla.org, or, call 323-761-8000 and ask for donor services.

  • Abdul Keddou

    Threats and intimidation are among the favored methods in the Muslim world in general and the Saudi-funded CAIR playbook in particular.

    The Minnesota chapter of CAIR threatened a moderate Muslim there who spoke out against a radical Muslim mosque in the Twin Cities area that recruited Somali Jihadists to go help the Al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic terrorist group Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

  • Robert Sklar

    I work right across the street from the Federation and have over the years met many in its staff. I am shocked and terribly disappointed that the Federation would cancel this event for either its purported inability to provide security or the purported opposition by persons who do not share Ms. Geller’s point of view. It is particularly unfortunate that CAIR is purported to have been the reason. CAIR can, and will, reasonably deny that they would ever engage in violence to silence a speaker and thereby gain credibility as legitimate association promoting open discussion of Middle East issues and not the Islamist front group that it is. Pam Geller must be given a forum in which to speak, if for no other reason than to challenge CAIR and its cadres.

  • Jersey Dave

    In LA? LA? Of all places, wide open LA? Nuts to that! (Facepalm.)

  • Just another example of spineless liberal Jews. They prefer Al Queda loving CAIR over Pamela Geller.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

    Read more →
  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

    Read more →
  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

    Read more →
  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

    Read more →
  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

    Read more →
  • Music Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough took to Instagram on Tuesday to marvel about climbing the famed Masada fortress with his band during their visit to Israel, where they will perform this week for the first time. The group’s second day of sightseeing in the Jewish state included the Masada hike, and taking a mud bath at the Dead Sea. A picture from the band’s official Twitter page shows the five singers covered in mud. While relaxing in the Dead Sea, [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews US & Canada ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three former yeshiva students who habitually smoked marijuana scored a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to supply weapons for the Afghan Army, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Arms and the Dudes details how the Miami Beach potheads became “the most unlikely gunrunners in history,” according to the book’s author, investigative reporter Guy Lawson. The tale begins with Efraim Diveroli, nephew of [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Theater Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    JNS.org – Natalie Portman, who directs and stars in the new Hebrew-language film adaptation of author Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness, says that despite Oz’s record as a vocal left-wing critic of Israel, her film is not political. Like the book on which it is based, Portman’s film is about a young boy at the time of the founding of the state of Israel. “I think the movie is very much about this very particular, specific family story. Of [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.