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Democrat Eliot Engel appears at pro-Israel rally featuring anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller


Democrat Eliot Engel appears at pro-Israel rally featuring anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller

By Alex Kane (MondoWeiss)

Engel is a liberal Congressional Democrat, though he is a hawk on foreign policy issues. Geller is a far-right anti-Muslim blogger whose organization Stop Islamization of America was labeled a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Geller has called President Barack Obama “a muhammadan” and floated theories that Obama is the child of Malcolm X and was involved with a “crack whore.” And she is allied with Tea Party groups.

But those stark political differences melt away when it comes to showing up to support Israel’s assault on Gaza. Engel’s and Geller’s speeches were delivered to a rally featuring hundreds of people chanting things like “Israel wants peace, Hamas wants war” and “We are the Jews and we are not afraid.” The show of support for the Israeli assault on Gaza, which has killed at least 375 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians, was reportedly organized by local New York Jews.

Here’s more footage of the rally from VIN News:

“I urge you to stand with Israel today,” Geller said at the rally. “But if you don’t, the devil will be at your doorstep tomorrow. Am Yisrael Chai!”

Geller is a staunch advocate for Israel, and has repeatedly created controversies by buying ad space in cities and putting up inflammatory anti-Muslim messages on them. One ad she has put up in New York and elsewhere reads: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.” Below those words and in between two Stars of David, the advertisement read: “Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” She repeated that message at the rally.

Engel’s ardent support for Israel has lead him to appear alongside right-wing figures in other venues. In 2008, Engel came under criticism from progressives for speaking at the Christians United for Israel conference.

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    • Heinz Catsup

      Oh the irony of Israelis &/or their supporters carrying a flag saying “peace” on it.

      Still, go Neutrei Karta! (& shame on the woman calling them “Hamas”!)

    • HSkol

      Short and simple point: This story clearly points to the psychotic nature of a great many US politicians. I have quite a number of friends who vote solely along party lines. This is precisely why I personally cannot do so.

    • sasboy

      The number of people attending this “rally” is rather piddling when compared to the tens of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands protesting in favour of Palestinian rights and freedoms.

      Free Palestine !

    • Lithium2006

      Not really surprised, especially after Obama’s disgusting actions at the white house iftar last week.

    • mindy1

      Tragic :'(

    • golden izanagi

      “the devil will be at your doorstep tomorrow” I’m pretty sure he is a little busy with other things but I think one should get out the jelly and toast handy just in case.

    • mindy1

      *insert this is why aliens don’t talk to us joke* but in all seriousness, if it was just about supporting Israel they would not have invited a known hater like Geller. You can like Israel without associating with haters >:(

    • Solid Snake

      “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.”

      My last words to him were “slow down brother slow down” – but he wanted his family. He wanted his lost family, and the Israelis killed him for that….

      We are all witnesses to this murder of an ordinary human being, a beautiful brother, who was merely looking for his family. He must have been about 20 years old, with piercing light eyes. We still do not know his name….

      Then there was a third shot at him, and a fourth that missed him. The second shot to the brother was what killed him. Yet, they shot him again. Four shots in total…..

      There were four shots in total, miss, hit, hit, miss. Shrapnel flying everywhere..

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