Why don't Jews support those who support them? Last week, on December 13, Stop the Islamisation of Europe (SIOE) held a protest rally in what can be described only as an Islamic fortress in the heart of Harrow, England. I strongly urged Jews to attend. Islamic anti-Semitism is more poisonous and more dangerous than even Nazism was to the Jews. The promise of Jewish genocide is made "sacred" by Islamic texts such as the one in which Muhammad says that the end times will not come until the Muslims kill the Jews -- and the Jews hide behind trees, which then cry out, "O Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him."
The SIOE demonstration was against the building of a mosque there, as well as the larger issues of the advance of Sharia and Islamization in the United Kingdom. SIOE pointed out the words of the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan: "The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and Muslims our soldiers ..."
Political parties, racist chanting, banners and placards, and totalitarian symbols such as Nazi swastikas, communist hammer and sickles, and the Islamic star and crescent were banned. The initial announcement of the demonstration asked those attending to bring one thousand Israeli flags, and said: "SIOE supports Israel's right to defend itself against Islamist attempts to annihilate Jews." SIOE called on Jews living in London or within traveling distance of London to attend the demonstration, saying that "vile anti-Semitism is being preached in mosques across the world and almost certainly the one in your neighbourhood. ... Non-Jews are demonstrating on 13th December against the anti-Semitism being taught in mosques which goes unchallenged by politicians, the media and so-called 'moderate' Muslims. Jews cannot, in all conscience, leave it to non-Jews to protest on the behalf of Jews who are once again the world's whipping boy."
But they did. The Community Security Trust, a leading Jewish group in Britain, urged the Jewish community there not to support the demonstration. The CST said in a statement that it "has drawn attention to the Islamaphobic comments on SIOE's website, and compared the group to the English Defence League, and the BNP's Nick Griffin, who have attempted to gain support from Jews through pro-Israel and anti-Muslim statements. ... A demonstration against Harrow mosque under the banner 'Stop the Islamisation of Europe', is as stupid and offensive as a demonstration against Harrow synagogue, under the banner 'Stop the Zionisation of Europe.'"
Once again, leftist Jews were lying and deceiving to advance the aims of the enemies of Jews and Jewish life. Stephen Gash of SIOE responded: "I have stood several times in elections against the BNP and what they stand for. Equating synagogues to mosques is reprehensible in my view. When terrorists leave synagogues to blow up planes and tube trains, then we at SIOE might reconsider our position. Until that happens, we will continue to support Israel and the right of Jews to exist and to defend themselves."
Rabbis attacked the campaign also. They said that SIOE's "only purpose" was "to spread hatred and fear," and wrote: "We share the desire of the Muslim community of Harrow to respect our mutual traditions, to learn from each other's cultures and ways of life, and to live together in peace." Even the Rabbis abandon Israel when the going gets rough. These morally ill rabbis have lost their basic instinct of self-preservation.
The Jewish Chronicle even went so far as to gloat when attendance was small. Did the Chronicle ask why so few people attended this demonstration in a town where the majority does not want this mosque? The majority know what's happening in their country and fear it. But the Chronicle did not restate the obvious -- that people did not attend out of fear.
Did the Jewish Chronicle cover the "Death to the Jews" protests back in January? Does the Jewish Chronicle cover the ongoing jihad against the Jews?
Much like the Jewish councils of World War II Germany that helped assist in what would become the extermination of the Jews, we are witnessing Jewish groups like the CST aiding and abetting Islamic jihad and Islamic anti-Semitism. I see the Muslim community doing nothing to expunge their texts and their teachings of the virulent Jew-hatred that fills the Koran and Hadith.
Jewish history is littered with these traitors. The failure of the Jews to stand up and fight this century's Philistines after thousands of years of persecution is difficult to swallow. The death wish of the Jews...it breaks the heart. I ask you: When has the Muslim community ever stood against "divisive" anti-Jewish protesters? Where were Muslims during the "death to Jews" marches across the U.K. during the defensive in Gaza? Where are the Muslim groups and Jewish groups demanding that Jew-hatred be expunged from the Koran and Islamic teachings?
Jews should have stood with SIOE. These cowards put all Jews at risk. If you are too scared to stand up, then shut up!
Pamela Geller is the editor and publisher of the Atlas Shrugs website and is former associate publisher of the New York Observer. She is the author (with Robert Spencer) of the forthcoming book The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America (Simon and Schuster).