Bradely Burston calls out the Zionist Organization of America for inviting Pamela Geller — “one of America’s most extraordinarily successful purveyors of unvarnished prejudice and unapologetic hatred” – to speak at the offices the ZOA rents in the headquarters of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. (The federation nixed the event, Geller played the martyr, and the ZOA — which has called for Jewish groups to ban Thomas Friedman and J Street — dealt the “free speech” card).
It might be asked why the ZOA, as a high-profile constituent of the Jewish community, felt it worthwhile to volunteer a platform to someone whose venom is so ecumenical that she has accused Barack Obama of being the love child of Malcolm X, and has charged that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, who is Jewish, has a “love of socialism of the Nazi variety” – even promoting a photoshopped photograph of Justice Kagan wearing a swastika-laden Nazi helmet and uniform.
Does the ZOA really believe that the cause of supporting Israel is served by rank bigotry and a maniacal, ever-escalating flow of poison directed against all members of a certain faith? Does the ZOA really believe that the future of Israel is at all fostered by a person urging the removal of Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock shrine, one of the holiest sites in Islam? “The Dome has got to go, ” Geller has written, and repeated for emphasis.