Apr 12, 2013
Shliach Defends Upcoming Lecture

Great Neck Shliach Yosef Geisinsky said he is unfazed over inviting a controversial lecturer. He told COLlive.com the reason behind it.

By COLlive reporter

How do you know you are doing something right? By the people who oppose it.

Chabad of Great Neck, NY, will be hosting a lecture by the controversial author and political activist Pamela Geller, after a local Reform Rabbi has been lobbying against her appearance.

The efforts resulted in the Great Neck Synagogue canceling a planned appearance of Geller, a harsh critic of "political Islam" and founder of the organization Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) which some consider a "hate group."

In response, Chabad Rabbi Yosef Geisinsky and Conservative Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg of Beth-El in Edison have both invited Geller to speak at their respective locations on Sunday, April 14.

The event will be moderated to prevent hate speeches and Rabbi Geisinsky said he anticipates that Geller will stick to discussions of freedom of speech and terrorism, according to TheIslandNow.com.

"We believe that everyone should have the option to speak, as long as they do not speak hatred," Rabbi Geisinsky was quoted as saying.

New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn said he was "delighted" to see the two synagogues step in to invite Geller to speak, despite mounting pressure from political officials and activist groups.

Hikind, who said he plans to attend the lecture in Great Neck, said that when we allow "bullies" to "squash" freedom of speech it means the "terrorists are winning," according to VIN News.

Speaking to COLlive.com, Rabbi Geisinsky said Geller was not the radical "the media proposes" she is. "She speaks against Sharia, terror and anti-Semitism," he said, noting that he expects a crowd of over 1000 people.

He said that "99.9%" of the feedback he has received since scheduling Geller's talk has been positive. "We have been getting very positive input," said Rabbi Geisinsky who was in a coma recently after suffering a massive heart attack and miraculously recovered.

"The one who was able to block (her coming to speak) was a Reform Rabbi who fought our public display of the menorah for many years," he said.

While Rabbi Geisinsky didn't mention the person by name, the Jewish Press reported that cancellation was due to "the intimidating and relentless tactics engaged in by certain leftist Jews, notably Rabbi Jerome Davidson and Rabbi Michael White."

In an email to the Forward, Geller wrote: "Jewish history is plagued with these quislings, who are willing tools serving as the public face for supremacists and annihilationists.

"The left uses these Jews to defame and destroy a Jew who is truly standing up for Israel and for the principles of freedom and human rights that the Jewish State represents. It's inexcusable."

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The flyer for the event on the website www.ChabadGN.com
The flyer for the event on the website www.ChabadGN.com

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Can you publish the address / time of her speech at Chabad so that people can attend to show support ?
(4/12/2013 5:14:27 PM)
Geller is no hater
But some of the aspects of Islam she attacks are things we believe in too, and some of the measures she advocates would hurt us too.
(4/12/2013 5:39:48 PM)
freedom of speech
(4/12/2013 5:45:13 PM)
the other speaker
The other speaker at the event is Greg Buckley. His son was a marine that was murdered in Afghanistan 8 months ago. Great guy with captivating story.
(4/12/2013 6:55:38 PM)
to #1
the address and time are on the flyer at the bottom of the article
(4/13/2013 7:41:38 AM)
Please stream this
Can you stream this event? Would be great for those of us that can't be there in person...
(4/14/2013 12:41:42 AM)
When confronted by facts,the other side can only holler "racism" or "hate"
I think it is essential that she speaks at the U.N.,Al Jazeera and all major college campuses around the world.
(4/14/2013 6:15:37 AM)
If you want a stream, you need someone who knows technology to come to event and do it. Probably no money is being allocated for those types of extras...
(4/14/2013 7:19:48 AM)
From FB page of speaker
The facebook page of Greg Buckley, the fellow whose marine son was murdered in Afghanistan, just posted the following on his facebook page:

Good Morning supporters
This morning we witnessed the best of America! This was a welcomed ending to a week that has us questioning where this country is headed.
Greg Sr. was supposed to speak this morning at a synagogue in Great Neck, NY, he was invited along with the primary speaker anti-jihadist, author & blogger Pamela Geller.
Ms. Geller tours the country speaking out about Muslim terrorists & jihadists. Warning about the dangers of Sharia imposition in America.
For the record... neither Pamela Geller nor The Buckleys believe all Muslims are evil. We fully support anyone who wishes to live & worship as they choose as long as it does not interfere with our rights to do the same.

Sadly, Habeeb Ahmed & The Islamic Center of Long Island does not abide by this American Freedom. From the day Ahmed learned Buckley & Geller were invited to speak he made it his mission to stop them. He misused his title as Commissioner of the Nassau County Human Rights Commission to garner support from other Muslim communities. He also recruited leftist organizations to join with him in wagering a campaign of terror & intimidation against Rabbi Polakoff & the Great Neck Synagogue. It went on for weeks, ...day & night.
They even stooped so low as to let it be known the children in their Sunday school might be affected by the massive protest they planned if Buckley & Geller's event was not cancelled.


If Habeeb Ahmed had tried to stop their speaking legally he would have been unsuccessful. Instead he turned to what he knows best....
Threats, intimidation, scare tactics, & misuse of power.

With his young students in mind & with great regret Rabbi Polakoff canceled the two Americans he had invited to speak in his temple.
How is it that a Muslim organization can be allowed to control where, when & what an American citizen speaks?
Maybe we all need to wake up!
This is a prime example of Islamic Sharia law attempting to take control!

But then a miracle happened.....
Rabbi Geisinsky stepped up and offered his Chabad of Great Neck. It was beautiful. Jews, Christians, blacks, whites all with one common goal. Peace, freedom, equality, support & respect. How it should be.

Please continue writing/calling your representatives to help us have all Green on Blue Insider Attacks classified as the TERRORIST ATTACKS that they really are. Help us ensure the terrorist that murdered our 3 brave Marines is tried & convicted in an American court.
We are being heard, but we must keep the pressure on!
God Bless You All & God Bless America.
(4/14/2013 4:47:45 PM)
Freedom of Speech
Let the truth be known: they will not intimidate Americans.
America will not be controlled by terrorists.

Step up the recital of psalms for protection, and don't buckle under to terrorism.
(4/16/2013 4:06:18 PM)
Pamela Geller speaks in Edison, NJ at Cong. Beth-El - YouTube


2 min - 9 hours ago - Uploaded by JewsOnTelevision

After her speaking engagement at the Great Neck Synagogue was cancelled due to intense ...

Search for videos of PAMELA GELLER IN EDISON
(4/16/2013 5:54:23 PM)
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New Voice For Jewish Nationalism

We can no longer allow the state of Israel to be attacked by political, economical and media means.

Israel it too busy attacking and undermining itself, having confused and scrambled message and it needs help.

Here, in the United States, the Jewish organizations, the Rabbinical leadership and Jews, by last name only, lack all consciousness and thus attack Israel constantly and on a daily basis.

Europe is just about to be Judenrein (Judenfrei [free of Jews]] and Jews in America - blind and deaf similar to the way Jews acted when Adolf Hitler came to power.

When the question is asked, 'can the Holocaust happen again' the answer is, YES; one nuclear bomb to fall on Tel Aviv and it is all over for the Jews.

We have decided that we have to be the voice of Israel and Jews.

We are a grassroots group of people, spread all over the world, and our full intention to give honor and prestige and to protect Jews throughout the world.

'Thus hath R. Johanan said: in the generation when the son of David [i.e., Messiah] will come, scholars will be few in number, and as for the rest, their eyes will fail through sorrow and grief. Multitudes of trouble and evil decrees will be promulgated anew, each new evil coming with haste before the other has ended.' (Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Sanhedrin - http://www.come-and-hear.com/sanhedrin/sanhedrin_97.html)



Shalom, Nurit
(4/17/2013 10:26:36 PM)
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