To the editor:
It was unfortunate that Malka Eisenberg chose to give a largely unchallenged forum to Pamela Geller, who is, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “anti-Muslim movement’s most visible and flamboyant figurehead.” http://bit.ly/njgAJU. The Anti-Defamation League has called her campaign to vilify Islam “abhorrent and morally repugnant.” http://bit.ly/Htnrc9.
Did Eisenberg bother to read Geller’s blog, Atlas Shrugged? Perhaps her filter at work blocked it as a hate site, as many do. On it, she will find descriptions of Muslims that recall similar descriptions of Jews in Der Sturmer, and she will find that Geller promotes a view that demonizes Islam as a religion, not jihadism as an ideology. She will also find that Geller uses language that is both abusive and inflammatory to describe her critics, including center and center-left Jews, groups like the ADL, and frankly, nearly everyone not on the far-right. Geller is an embarrassment to the Five Towns and an embarrassment to the Jewish community.
No newspaper, let alone a Jewish one, should be giving Geller a platform.