What useless tools. Unforgivable. Maimonides (1135 – 1204) was a preeminent
medieval Jewish philosopher and one of the greatest Torah scholars and physicians of the Middle Ages. He said this of Islam:
Let Ye understand, my brothers, the Holy One Blessed HE through the
trap created by our iniquities cast us amongst this nation, the people
of Ishmael [Muslims] whose oppressiveness is firmly upon us and they connive to do us wrong and despicably downgrade us as the Almighty decreed against us (Deuteronomy 32:31, “Your enemies shall judge you”).
There never came against Israel a more antagonistic nation.
They oppress us with the most oppressive measures to lessen our number,
reduce us, and make us as despicable as they themselves are [Psalms 120:5].
Here is the complete statement I gave to the Jewish Week in response to this campaign:
Leading Jewish voices like Caroline Glick, Martin Sherman, Paul Schnee,
Steve Goldberg and Lori Lowenthal-Marcus support my ad. So this shows
the diversity of opinion within Judaism, which is a notable contrast to
the Muslim community — where are the moderate Muslims speaking out in
support of my ad?
These rabbis have good intentions. I am all for choosing love. My
own ad is not hate speech, it's love speech. It's love of life speech.
The ad speaks to the defense of freedom and individual rights for all.
There's nothing hateful about it. 9/11 was hate. 3/11 in Madrid was
hate. 7/7 in London was hate. The Fort Hood jihadi was hate. The
Christmas underwear bomber was hate. The Fort Dix Six was hate. Pushing
back against such hate is not hate.
I doubt that the rabbis know anything about the jihad doctrine that
relentlessly seeks to violently impose Islamic law and pursues jihad
against non-Muslims, or about the Islamic antisemitism that is deeply
ingrained in the Qur'an and Sunnah, and that identifies the Jews as the
worst enemies of the Muslims (Qur'an 5:82) and under Allah's curse
(Qur'an 9:30). When have they spoken out against THAT hate, because of
which Jews suffer daily? When have they called upon Muslim leaders to
reform the Qur'an and expunge its virulently antisemitic texts, which
are routinely quoted on Palestinian Authority TV as justifying endless
warfare against the State of Israel and Jews everywhere? What
topsy-turvy moral compass have they employed to come to the conclusion
that the "hater" is not the imams who routinely preach violence and
antisemitism in mosques and on TV in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, but me
when I try to call attention to the barbaric cruelty of the jihad
against Israel?"Pro-Muslim Subway Ads Going Up Monda" Jewish Week
Rabbis' group says campaign counters anti-jihad ads
Rabbis for Human Rights — North America
is taking out subway ads urging riders to "choose love" in what the
Jewish group's director calls a response to the anti-jihad
advertisements placed in subway stations by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the group led by conservative blogger Pamela Geller.
The new ads, which will go up Monday, make clear that they're a
statement against the anti-jihad campaign, whose posters read, "In any
way between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.
Support Israel. Defeat jihad."
Rabbis for Human Rights' ads say, "“In the choice between love and
hate, choose love. Help stop bigotry against our Muslim neighbors.”
"We were concerned beause [the ads] frames this in the language of
supporting Israel," said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the executive director of
Rabbis for Human Rights, which has a membership of 1,800 rabbis. "We
didn't want New Yorkers to think that in order to support Israel, you
have to dehumanize a whole other group of people."
Geller insists that her ads attack only violent Muslims who hate Israel and that she feels the same way about other terrorists.
"These rabbis have good intentions," she wrote The Jewish Week in an
e-mail in response to a request for comment. "I am all for choosing
love. My own ad is not hate speech, it's love speech. It's love of life
speech … Pushing back against such hate is not hate."
Rabbi Jacobs said Geller's writers define all Muslims as practitioners of jihad.
"We agree with her 100 percent that there's no excuse for terrorism,"
Rabbi Jacobs said. "But that's not an excuse to come after an entire
group of people, just like we wouldn't want someone who's concerned
about settlers to use that as an excuse for anti-Semitism."
Two Christian groups, Sojourners and United Methodist Women, also
either have or will put up subway ads trying to counter Geller's,
according to The New York Times.
Geller's posters went up late last month after her group won a lawsuit
on free speech grounds against the Metropolitan Transportation
Authority, which had tried to ban them.
UPDATE: Washington Post: Judge: DC transit system must allow anti-jihad ads; says ads must be posted by Monday evening.