Pamela Geller

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Pamela Geller (born 1958) is a far-right blogger, a writer for Arutz Sheva, a former journalist for Mortimer Zuckerman's New York Daily News, and the former associate publisher of the New York Observer.[1] During the 2008 presidential elections she published a post alleging that Barack Obama was the illegitimate child of the late American Muslim leader Malcolm X.[2] She has also alleged that Obama is a secret Muslim.[3] At one point PayPal banned Geller's website "Atlas Shrugs" on the grounds that her site promotes "hate" and "racial intolerance."[4][5]

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History

Geller is the ex-wife of a now deceased wealthy luxury car dealer and has no professional or academic training in journalism. She worked for different right-leaning news publications prior to quitting in 1994 to "stay home with her daughters."[6] At that point she moved to New York City while being financially supported by her husband. She has admitted that in the wake of 9/11 (which was what prompted her blogging) her most valued news source was the then far right-wing political blog, Little Green Footballs.[7] Former ally and LGF founder Charles Johnson stated in 2010 that Geller "got her start on the internet by commenting at my site, Little Green Footballs (LGF). She posted more than 6,000 comments at LGF in our earlier days, when our comment moderation policy was much more laissez faire than it is now."[8] Geller also reportedly learned about Islam by reading virulent critics of the religion:

She spent the next year educating herself about Islam, reading Bat Ye’or, a French writer who focuses on tensions over Muslim immigrants in Europe; Ibn Warraq, the pseudonym for a Pakistani who writes about his rejection of Islam; and Daniel Pipes, whom she ultimately rejected because he believes in the existence of a moderate Islam.[6]

Geller's "closest partner"[6] is Robert Spencer (founder of Jihad Watch) with whom she has authored a book and cofounded the Freedom Defense Initiative (which also uses the name Stop the Islamization of America). She shot to fame after sprouting the roots to the heated debate surrounding Park51[9] and was featured in the media as the ringleader of the opposition, heading rallies and blogging continuously about the issue.

Extremism

Geller has "defended Slobodan Milosevic, the former Serbian president who died while on trial at The Hague for war crimes, and denied the existence of Serbian concentration camps in the 1990s."[10] She has also allied with "racist extremists in South Africa in promoting a claim that the black population is carrying out a "genocide" of whites."[10] Geller also advocates in favor of the English Defence League which she refers to as "patriotic."[11]

On 27 February 2009, Geller co-sponsored a reception for Geert Wilders at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington DC during the Conservative Political Action Conference. The other sponsors were the David Horowitz Freedom Center, Jihad Watch and Dr Andrew Bostom.[12]

Atlas Shrugs

Geller's blog "Atlas Shrugs" averages about 20,000 visitors a month (spiking on hot topic issues such as the Danish cartoons of Muhammad and Israel's war on Lebanon in 2006)[6] and features Geller's daily "venomous"[6] observations about Islam, Muslims in America, and Middle East politics, often with attached images, some "doctored."[6] The blog's official tagline is: "Evil is made possible by the sanction you give it. Withdraw your sanction."[13] Geller includes endorsements of the blog on her "About" page from Wafa Sultan, John Bolton and Jihad Watch.[13]

Views

Islam

"It’s not like Judaism, where you have these different levels of observance... “Islam is Islam. … There’s no way you can be a devout Muslim and not support jihad.”[14]

Muslims

'Moderate Muslims'

ANNE BARNARD Just to be completely clear, so you’re saying if someone is a devout Muslim, meaning if he or she is practicing and believing in the tenets of Islam, they cannot in your view be a political moderate?

PAMELA GELLER No.
...
ANNE BARNARD What would be a moderate Muslim then?
PAMELA GELLER I think a moderate Muslim is a secular Muslim.[15]

On Vlaams Belang

"The implication that Vlaams Belang is somehow neo-Nazi or racist is salacious," Geller told IPS. "They are the only party in Belgium that is staunchly pro-Israel."[16]

On Barack Obama

Pamela Geller: 'It is not enough to fetishize the dead Jews that were murdered in WWII...[we must] make sure that it doesn't happen again. Because a second holocaust is coming. Six million Jews are in the Jewish homeland of Israel. It is now up to you and me to stop -- well -- the anti-Semite in the White House, and his useful idiots in the Congress.'
Robert Spencer: 'That's right'.[17]

On Jeffrey Goldberg

Geller's affinity for Israel is so strong that even staunchly pro-Israel figures like Jeffrey Goldberg have failed to escape her wrath. She has denounced Goldberg as 'Jihad Jeff'; as a 'Jewicidal Jihadi', and as 'a liar and an asshat, jihad Jeffro'; Goldberg is 'the Jew tool that Obama used to sell his taqiya on Israel. She took her leave with the following message:

Jihad Jeff Goldberg, from one Jew to another, go to hell. Cuz it's foe shizzle you are going to rot there.'[18]

On New York Times

The New York Times has frequently been accused of one sided coverage on the Israel-Palestine conflict by critics. But for Geller, the paper is not just anti-Israel, indeed it is the 'mother-ship for Jewicidals both foreign and domestic.'[18]

On Ehud Olmert

Geller wasn't pleased by Ehud Olmert's pronouncements favouring a two state solution. She has labelled him 'Olmurderer' for his offense.[18]

On UK Jewish Groups

After the Community Security Trust and some Rabbis advised British Jews against participating in an anti-Muslim rally organized by SIOE, Geller accused them of "aiding and abetting Islamic jihad and Islamic anti-Semitism."[19]

On the English Defence League

When asked about the English Defence League on her blog, Geller argued that:

I have found Paul Ray to be dishonest and duplicitous. I broke with him in 2007 when he tried to strong arm me to support the BNP. He is abusive. And yet has the indecency to say he has many Jewish friends and then cite me for example, years later. He derides the EDL because they threw him out and yet, he had the audacity to start a new group calling it EDL: St German division despite EDL protestations.They asked him repeatedly not to be associated with EDL[20].

She adds:

I have researched the EDL and I am comfortable with the EDL. I stand with EDL. They are NOT BNP but the campaign to smear them is relentless. The EDL has my confidence in fighting a global scourge. If, at any time, they take action or do something counter to our fight, I will be first to call them out on it[21].

Affiliations, Resources, Contacts, Notes

Affiliations

Publications

Resources

Contact

Notes

  1. Geller profile, Arutz Sheva, accessed 16 August 2010
  2. Alex Pareene, Bombshell: Obama Malcolm X Love Child?, Gawker, 30 October 2010
  3. Daniel Luban and Eli Clifton, POLITICS: US Allies Overlook Dutch Foe of Islam's Far Right Ties, Inter Press Service, 28 February 2009.
  4. Michael Stone, "PayPal spanks Pamela 'Atlas Shrugs' Geller for hate speech", Examiner, 13 June 2010
  5. Pamela Geller, "PAYPAL CUTS OFF ATLAS: TRUTH IS THE NEW HATE SPEECH", Atlas Shrugs, 12 June 2010, accessed on 23 November 2010
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 ANNE BARNARD and ALAN FEUER, "Outraged, and Outrageous", New York Times, 8 October 2010
  7. JONATHAN DEE, "Right-Wing Flame War!", New York Times, 21 January 2010, accessed on 27 October 2010
  8. Charles Johnson, "Pamela Geller and the bloggers of hate", The Guardian, 14 October 2010
  9. Justin Elliot, Ground Zero Mosque Origins, Salon, 16 August 2010
  10. 10.0 10.1 Chris McGreal, "The US blogger on a mission to halt 'Islamic takeover'", Guardian, 20 August 2010
  11. Pamela Geller, UK Violence Erupts: Fascists (UAF) and Muslims Descend on Patriots (EDL) and Police, Atlas Shrugs, 20 March 2010, accessed on 23 November 2010
  12. Pamela Geller, Wilders is coming to America an evening with Geert Wilders, EuropeNews, 23 February 2009
  13. 13.0 13.1 Pamela Geller, "About", Atlas Shrugs, accessed on 23 November 2010
  14. Doug Chandler, "The Passions (And Perils) Of Pamela Geller", The Jewish Week, 1 September 2010
  15. Anne Barnard and Alan Feuer, "Pamela Geller: In Her Own Words", New York Times, 8 October 2010
  16. Daniel Luban and Eli Clifton, POLITICS: Dutch Foe of Islam Ignores US Allies' Far Right Ties, Inter Press Service, 28 February 2009.
  17. Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller Robert Spencer, SIOA Stands With Israel Rally NYC, International Civil Liberties Alliance, 25 April 2010
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Pamela Geller, Jeffrey Goldberg: Jewicidal Jihadi bends over, submits demands Israel do same, Atlas Shurgs, 18 May 2008
  19. Mark Hosenball, N.Y. Anti-Mosque Leader Defends Group That Clashed With British Police, Newsweek, 30 August 2010
  20. Pamela Geller, UK Violence Erupts: Fascists (UAF) and Muslims Descend on Patriots (EDL) and Police, Atlas Shrugs, 20-March-2010, Accessed 08-September-2010
  21. Pamela Geller, UK Violence Erupts: Fascists (UAF) and Muslims Descend on Patriots (EDL) and Police, Atlas Shrugs, 20-March-2010, Accessed 08-September-2010
  22. Pamela Geller, Riots in Dudley, Reports of Muslim Gangs Attacking People ....., Atlas Shurgs, 17 July 2010
  23. According to SOIA's registration application submitted on 21 February 2010 to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Serial Number: 77940881)
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