Islamophobes Spencer, Geller, Yerushalmi, Gaffney et al: Attempt to Conceal Evidence of “Truth-Telling”
by Sheila Musaji
Some time ago I published an article Robert Spencer and the Disappearing Articles. However, that seems to be only the tip of the iceberg. It appears that Spencer and his partner Pamela Geller are now using this tactic regularly to attempt to remove evidence of what they have actually said and/or published. Since they like to refer to themselves in all sorts of patriotic and glowing terms including “truth-teller” and to refer to Muslims as purveyors of “taqiyyah” (liars), this tactic does seem to call those designations into question. See Pamela Geller & Robert Spencer’‘s Tenuous Grasp of the Concept of “Truth Telling” for a lengthy list of lies….
Here are the cases that I know about at this time of these individuals attempting to cover up the most egregious cases of being caught promoting a lie, by simply “disappearing” articles. Please let me know if I am missing any examples.
In 2008, Alex Koppelman on Salon reported that Geller fell for a fake story about a Michelle Obama interview, and posted and then removed the post from her site. He reported: At Atlas Shrugs, in a post she has since taken down, Pamela Geller wrote: First thug Michelle Obama is giving us a preview of the tactics the Hussein Obamas will use to block the truth, silence critics and destroy free speech. We ain’t gonna shut up Michelle. She is clearly worried about what we on the blogs are publishing ... She calls everyone who is not a zombie for Obama a racist when in fact her husband is thisclose [sic] to the White House because we are not a racist nation. SHE IS A RACIST ... She’s the psychic twin of the ugly, racist, America hating, Jew hating, Reverend Jeremiah Wright. (Her emphasis.)
In April of 2008, Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs posted an article responding to my article on Phyllis Chesler. She titled her article Attacking Chesler: American Muslim Female Takes on Chesler. As could be expected she doesn’t understand how I could possibly say anything negative about Chessler’s article. Geller calls me a “tool of jihad” who is tearing a “truthteller apart” while “doing nothing for my sisters”. However, she does not directly address any of the specific points that I made in my article. And, after I wrote a response, Geller removed the original article from her site. (Note: Geller’s article still comes up on a Google search, and in a search of my name on her site, but if you click on the link you will only get an error message. This is how the url still looks http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2008/04/attacking-chesl.html The article has been pulled).
Media Monitors reported that in July, 2010, she also “ran with a fake Obama quote from fabricated Columbia thesis. After an August 25 post on the blog Jumping in Pools claimed that Obama attacked the Constitution and Founders in his Columbia thesis, right-wing media ran with the “report,” despite the fact that it was tagged as “satire.” In an October 23 post, Geller wrote, “Excerpts from Obama’s Columbia Thesis reveals America’s worst nightmare is in the Oval Office.” She added that the writings revealed “an America hater.”
On December 21, 2010, Robert Spencer posted an article on Jihad Watch entitled London: Flight returns to terminal after Muslim starts praying in aisle, won’t take his seat. The article opens with the claim that “This seems to be a fairly clear provocation—maybe the praying man is hoping to provoke a “discrimination” case that will establish that praying Muslims may have the run of the airplane.” The problem with this story is that Spencer, as is often the case, has all of his facts wrong, and that the conclusions he draws from those “facts” are purely paranoid fantasies. It seems that the actual story (from numerous news articles from around the world) was that a Christian man who wore dreadlocks, was dark skinned and was from a Caribbean Island left his seat and knelt in the isle and began reciting the Lord’s Prayer out loud in English as the Air Malta plane began to take off from Heathrow airport headed to Malta. The man was asked to return to his seat, refused, and this concerned passengers and crew, particularly because the man had an orange plastic shopping bag in his hands. The plane returned to the terminal and the man was arrested. The article has subsequently disappeared from Spencer’s site with no explanation, however, it can still be seen on a web cache. Richard Bartholomew has more information Robert Spencer Scrubs Muslim “Provocation” Story.
In our lengthy article collection on Robert Spencer we have noted: “The existence of website url’s “f**kallah.com” & “f**kislam.com” which redirected people to Spencer’s Jihad Watch site and which Loonwatch first brought to the attention of the Muslim community. After Loonwatch noted these sites, the redirection to Jihad Watch suddenly stopped and Spencer denied having any involvement in the two sites. The two sites still exist but now take visitors to another site with photographs of the 9/11 tragedy.” Spencer posted an article in November of 2009 complaining about being accused of having anything to do with these sites in which he said For the record, I do not own the domain names f***allah.com and f***islam.com, and have nothing to do with them whatsoever. I have never engaged in such tactics and do not approve of them. Anyone can buy a domain name and redirect it anywhere he wants. ... This is clearly a smear designed to discredit Jihad Watch and my work, and I’m engaged in active efforts now to find out who does own those sites—they registered them with Domains By Proxy, indicating that they had something to hide from the beginning. Anything is possible, however, he goes on to say My ace tech man has been working all day with enon.com, where those domains originated, and has finally succeeded in getting them to redirect these domain names so they don’t bring one to Jihad Watch. It is puzzling how one can have a server redirect someone else’s website. This article was published in November of 2009, and as of December of 2011 there has never been an update saying what his “active efforts” to investigate have turned up.
In October of 2010 Geller posted an article titled Hate Crime which included an email from a reader who had supposedly been harrassed by Muslims in her neighborhood and was unable to get law enforcement or elected officials to do anything about it. When the article was originally posted it included this The hypocrisy loooms [sic] large. Here’s a letter I thought I should share with you. I expect the gutless congressman who witnessed his Muslim constituents dancing on 9/11/01 will do nothing but hide beneath his desk. If this continues — auxiliary law enforcement will be necessary. Subsequently the original email from the “victim” was removed as was Geller’s lead in to the article, and replaced with an almost incoherent rant. Geller, rather than explain that she had been taken in by an email from a seemingly unstable person, instead pulled the email, and substituted a rant that still managed to make it seem as if the information contained in tht original email was accurate.
Richard Bartholomew did an excellent debunking article on the fake “Hamas Child Bride” story promoted by Spencer and others. Bartholomew notes: The many websites that picked this up have responded in various ways: some issuing corrections, some quickly deleting their postings, and some insisting that it’s all true and that Marshall is trying to cover up the fact: “Why”, demands one site “would Tim Marshall defend the Gaza pedophiles?” One of the sites that decided to scrub was Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch, which is worth noting as Spencer claims some sort of academic expertise on Islam. Of course, we know that child weddings do occcur in the Islamic world, but the idea of a mass child wedding becoming the focus for popular public celebration in such an urbanized environment as Gaza should have evoked some scepticism. Even WorldNetDaily has - grudgingly -debunked the tale.
Charles Johnson notes (and has preserved screen captures to prove) that Geller published an “Email from Norway” in 2007. The original email contained the line We are stockpiling and caching weapons, ammunition, and equipment. This is going to happen fast. Johnson has one screen capture from June 30, 2011, and the line was still there, but the current article online on Geller’s site no longer contains that line. [update 7/30/11 - Geller has just posted Clarifying the edit in which she attempts to explain this incident. In that clarification she says: “The sentence I edited is not an incitement to anything. It refers to self-defense, but I removed it in the light of recent horrific events in Norway. I thought it insensitive. Nothing more. Everyone has a right to self-defense. The idea that I am scrubbing my archives, or “evidence” as many liars are suggesting, is a blatant lie. I have changed nothing else. But that is irrelevant; destroying the counter jihad movement is paramount at this moment.”] [update 7/31/2011 - Justin Raimondo points out that in the comments section of the original 2007 post one of Geller’s readers warns that the author of the letter could be prosecuted by Norewegian authorities. Geller replies: “Yes … which is why I ran it anonymously.” So here is some nut stockpiling “weapons, ammunition, and equipment,” because “this is going to happen fast” – with Geller’s enthusiastic encouragement. Indeed, she’s so concerned her correspondent might be arrested that she’s protecting his identity. Who is Geller’s mystery correspondent – is it the same Norwegian nut-case who ruthlessly cut down dozens of children, or a different one waiting in the wings to do the same? Come on, Pamela – clear up the mystery. Or would you rather continue to shield your fellow “counter-jihadist”?This completely undermines any claim by Geller that this was removed simply because it seemed “insensitive”.] Whoever the anonymous Norwegian poster was, he was suggesting the possibility of violence. Geller chose to protect him by not printing his name. She wants us to accept her statement that this was not Breivik. So what, whoever he is, he should have been immediately reported to law enforcement. I hope that the FBI is investigating this incident, and that Geller is turning whatever information she has over to the Norwegian authorities if she has not already done so. If she hasn’t, then she should be investigated for not cooperating with law enforcement, and for hiding the identity of a possible terrorist.
In July of 2011, Pamela Geller published a post titled Vehicular Jihad in Arizona which is Geller’s take on a simple story about a terrible car accident in Arizona in which the driver of a vehicle crashed into 3 parked vehicles in a parking lot and was killed. The man was a physician named Ajaz Rahaman, and this just happened. The man’s name was released on the same day as Geller’s article, and so far that is all anyone knows. There have been no autopsy findings released, police investigations are still not completed - no one knows what happened. The name of this man sounds as if he might be a Muslim. However the name Walid Shoebat might also be identified as a Muslim name. That’s all the proof Geller needed to call this “vehicular jihad”. I published an article giving the facts titled Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer Discover Muslim Vehicular Jihad Plot and within a day Geller pulled the original article from her site but that the article still exists on google cache here. Note: As of January 2012, the article is not available on google cache either.
Update 7/31/2011 Geller posted a truly hateful article which I wrote about yesterday. The title is Summer Camp? Antisemitic Indoctrination Training Center. Geller begins by giving this quote from one of the children who survived from an ABC news article: “Some of my friends tried to stop him by talking to him. Many people thought that it was a test ... comparing it to how it is to live in Gaza.” Eyewitness statement the day of the shooting.” Geller explains her view of the meaning of this statement: The day of the Norway shooting, I was blindsided by one of the survivor’s statements to the press immediately after the shooting (see above). It was so outside the box, I thought it was the kneejerk response of an anti-semite in shock. I didn’t blog on it because I thought it anecdotal, badly anecdotal. But the more that is revealed about that youth indoctrination center, the more grotesque the whole story becomes. Of course, the genocidal leftists will twist what I write here; I am not condoning the slaughter in Norway or anywhere. I abhor violence (except in regard to self defense). But the jihad-loving media never told us what antisemitic war games they were playing on that island. Utoya Island is a Communist/Socialist campground, and they clearly had a pro-Islamic agenda. Only the malevolent media could use the euphemism summer camp and get away with it. The slaughter was horrific. What these kids were being taught and instructed to do was a different kind of grotesque. There is no justification for Breivik’s actions whatsoever. There is also no justification for Norway’s antisemitism and demonization of Israel. NOTE: see Geller’s original article for included links She then posts the text of an article by someone called The Anti Mullah full of suggestions of an equivalence between being pro-Palestinian or opposed to the wall or to some Israeli policies and being anti-Semitic. He even says “Glen Beck was not far off when he compared it to the Hitlerjungend or Young Pioneers.” This article also includes a photo from the youth camp with the caption underneath “Note the faces which are more Middle Eastern or mixed than pure Norwegian”. An obviously racist comment that she re-posts. All of this was bad enough. However, this morning the bottom of the article still said 192 comments, but the comments were no longer accessible? Also, that racist comment under the photo has disappeared. A screen shot of the original photo and caption are still available here thanks to Lee Fang at Think Progress.
Geller and Spencer’s Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA) website at http://sioaonline.com/ has now been completely scrubbed. If you go to the link, all the articles and everything is gone. Just a main page with the name of the organization. According to Richard Bartholomew access to cached versions has been blocked. This comes at the same time as the release of Geller’s new book of the same name as the organization (named a hate group by the SPLC). No longer just one article, or one paragraph from an article, but an entire website “disappeared”. 8/6/11 Note: As of 1/2012 the SIOA site is back online, don’t know how much material has been removed in the meantime.
Geller and Spencer cross posted an article making false claims about Philip Giraldi and Ron Paul. When Scott Horton wrote comments on both sites giving the actual details, they simply deleted his comments and banned him from further postings. Truly dishonest behavior. They have not posted any correction or apology.
Spencer posted an article by Roland Shirk about the Egyptian Revolution. The article closed with this sentence: “If I could have Mubarak’s ear, I would whisper just two words of wisdom: Tiananmen Square.” Clearly a call to violence against the Egyptian people. That sentence was later removed, presumably after its inexpediency was realised, but you can see a screenshot of the original here thanks to Loonwatch. As Loonwatch notes: “This is a very serious charge which Spencer must answer. Yes, the offending line has been removed but who uploaded the original article – Spencer or someone else? If not Spencer, then who? And, perhaps most damning of all, why has Roland Shirk continued to post articles on Jihad Watch since calling for the massacre of countless Egyptians as they demonstrated against one of the Middle East’s most brutal regimes?”
Update 3/19/2012 - Charles Johnson of LGF reports Pamela Geller Quietly Deletes Obama Assassination Comment, Doesn’t Ban Commenter about the deletion of a comment by “Brian_R_Allen” calling for the assassination of President Obama, with no statement about it on her blog.
Update 9/19/2012 - Geller & Spencer Create “Muslim Cat Crucifixion” Lie to Inflame Hatred. And, now in yet another display of Islamophobic madness, both Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer posted this same photograph on their sites with appropriately dramatic titles - Spencer: Nigeria: Muslims Crucify a Cat to Protest Muhammad Video ( http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/09/nigeria-muslims-crucify-a-cat-to-protest-muhammad-video.html ); Geller: Muslims in Nigeria Crucify a Cat on the Cross to Protest Freedom of Speech ( http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/09/muslims-in-nigeria-crucify-a-cat-on-the-cross-to-protest-freedom-of-speech.html ). I left the url’s open so you can see that they did exist, and these articles still come up on a google search, but they have been scrubbed. If you click on the links, there is nothing there. Geller and Spencer did their dirty work, and promoted a totally false story, and after it was picked up by many other Islamophobic sites, deleted the evidence of their involvement.
Update 10/14/2012 After WND published a Debunked “Obama Wears Muslim Ring” Conspiracy, Pamela Geller published an article Obama’s ring: ‘There is no god but Allah’ - Atlas Shrugs which was at this link http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/10/obamas-ring-there-is-no-god-but-allah.html There is now nothing there. Once again, an article has simply disappeared. If you do a google search the title of the article still comes up, but the link is dead.
Update 3/3/2013 - Phan Nguyen of Mondoweiss reports on ‘Rolling Stones’ anti-BDS hoax. “Far-right commentators and Israel supporters rejoiced last week when it was announced that the Rolling Stones would play two concerts in Israel—the first to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day, and the second to spite the BDS movement.” Read the full article for a detailed breakdown, but to summarize: Geller published an article titled “ROLLING STONES TELL JEW-HATERS TO KISS THEIR ....... ADDS ANOTHER DATE TO ISRAEL TOUR ON ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE DAY”, then hours later changed the title to “ROLLING STONES TELL JEW-HATERS TO KISS THEIR ......./NOT!” and amended the post with a preface. The preface made it sound as if she was in on the joke all along and was “just testing” her readers. Nguyen spells out why this is not plausible, and then notes:
... Despite claiming that she was proving a clever point, Geller later removed the posting from her website and also deleted her tweet referencing it. What’s the point of making a point and then deleting all references to the point?
So instead, Geller blamed the situation on her readers (“So many Atlas readers sent this in to me”), claimed she was conducting a social experiment as a comment on the “degenerat[ion]” of “our culture,” and then pretended that her posting never existed.
And despite initially praising the Rolling Stones as “very cool people” and posting a link to the song “Moves Like Jagger,” she soon amended her post to denounce the Rolling Stones for “condemn[ing] Israel along with the rest of the left.” ...
Note: Bonni at Bare Naked Islam (BNI) also posted a story and included this link to a video promoting this false story. If you click on the BNI link to the original article there is now nothing there. Here is the link to that BNI article http://www.barenakedislam.com/2013/03/02/e-c-williams-hails-rolling-stones-for-performing-in-jerusalem-despite-protests-from-leftists-and-muslims/ and the url clearly shows that an article did exist, but has now been scrubbed.
Updates July 2013
The article Did Pamela Geller Defend Radovan Karadzic? notes that
... In her own words, Geller considers the Bosnian genocide a “fabricated narrative”, a “lie” and a “manufactured genocide” that is part of a “classic Islamic modus operandi of self killing and manipulating media coverage” which is supported by media “distortions and deceptions” that needs to be “refuted”.
The One Law for All report titled Enemies Not Allies includes this passage:
The SIOE leadership has written in defence of Radovan Karadzic, who is currently on trial for war crimes and genocide.38 In an article entitled The extraordinary rendition of Radavan Karadzic, they complain that anti-Serb media bias will deny Karadzic a ‘fair trial’. It also attempts to justify his actions, remarking that ‘The history of muslim oppression of Serbs during the Ottoman empire and the fear of the return of such persecution will not be allowed in Karadzic’s defence. The current persecution of Serbs in Kosovo as justification for that fear will not be allowed as evidence’ [sic].39
NOTE: as is so often the case with the Islamophobes and disappearing articles, if you go to the SIOE article link given in the Enemies Not Allies report, all you will see is a statement saying that SIOE.wordpress.com is no longer available. The article can still be found at this url http://sioeengland.wordpress.com/2008/07/
Pamela Geller is confused about what constitutes lies, lies, lies! and about Who Are the “Brownshirts”. She also seems to be confused about what constitutes a defense or rejection of a position.
Did Pamela Geller defend Radovan Karadzic? Read what she has actually said and written, and it seems clear that she did and does. And, then read Bosnians rebury Srebrenica genocide victims and decide just how despicable such a defense is. ...
The article Robert Spencer & Roland Shirk: The Incredible Disappearing Man contains a great deal of information with links to the sources. It notes that
... Roland Shirk, on the other hand, wrote many articles for Jihad Watch. The David Horowitz Freedom Center Student Center seemed to believe that Shirk was a real person, as they posted Introducing Roland Shirk saying ... I’m happy to announce that an accomplished satirical writer, Roland Shirk, will be contributing occasional pieces to Jihad Watch—more frequently, I hope, as time goes by. Roland is an accomplished and successful writer with a keen eye for the absurd (as you shall see momentarily), and a firm grasp of the necessity to defend Judeo-Christian civilization and all free people across the world from the Islamic supremacist assault. Welcome, Roland! Horowitz is Spencer’s boss and Jihad Watch is a project of the David Horowitz Center, so it’s reasonable to assume that Horowitz knows who Shirk is.
The TAM article about Roland Shirk discussed one of his articles titled “Mr. Green Deen”. The link I provided to the Jihad Watch article no longer works.
The fact that this one link doesn’t work might not mean much. But, in the course of attempting to locate the correct link, I discovered the disappearance of Roland Shirk. Hugh Fitzgerald’s articles still appear on Jihad Watch. I decided to do a search on the Jihad Watch site itself for Roland Shirk, and for the titles of particular articles - and absolutely nothing came up. Mr. Shirk has been completely disappeared from the Jihad Watch site. Roland Shirk has been erased (disappeared, vanished) as if he never existed.
I also did a search on Robert Spencer’s partner Pamela Geller’s site, Atlas Shrugs, and came up with only one article in which Geller includes an excerpt from a Shirk article. The link to that article on Jihad watch provided by Geller no longer works.
At this point, I realized that it would be worthwhile to do a little more investigation, as this pattern of simply disappearing inconvenient information is common with Robert Spencer. ...
Read the full article for numerous examples with documentation of the disappearance of a whole series of articles.
UPDATE August 2013
The TAM article Robert Spencer discovers “pub jihad” details (and provides links to proofs and sources) the false story of a British pub banning British soldiers so as not to upset local Muslims. The story was fake, Spencer published it on Jihad Watch, and ultimately, simply disappeared the article. As I note in that article:
... Any decent person would not just “disappear” an article. They would post an update acknowledging that an error had been made, or apologize for falling for a false story. But, that is not in the rule book of the Islamophobia echo chamber. Their modus operandi is to throw as much mud as possible, and hope something will stick so they can say “I told you so”.
How is it possible that anyone can take such individuals seriously? Robert Spencer is an ordained Deacon of the Catholic Church, and I would recommend that he do an “examination of conscience” and go to confession. The only problem he might have with that is that forgiveness requires genuine repentance and some attempt at restitution. I don’t believe that he is sorry, or even realizes how much his constant demonization of Muslims and Islam hurts ordinary American Muslims. ...
Here are just a few recent stories that were either outright lies, or seriously distorted versions of the actual facts: — the story of the British schoolboy “denied water” to avoid offending Muslims observing Ramadan — The Muslim “Youth” looting the dead at French Rail Crash. — The Muslim objections to St. George’s Flag in Britain — The pregnant woman arrested for carrying British flag — The UK teen brutally beaten by 15 Muslims — The attack on a British soldier, David Ryding at a taxi stand in Britain — The schoolgirl who was gang-raped by Muslims in a school toilet in Luton — The Jewish Filmmaker Beaten Unconscious by Muslims at French Film Festival —The Muslims harass Christian & Jewish Neighbors, Police Refuse to Help — The Egyptian Cleric Who Warned Christian Women: If You Don’t Wear a Veil You’ll Be Raped — The Muslim cleric who told converts to bury their Christian parents as if they were dead dogs — The Kosovo Muslims who destroyed a Serbian Orthodox monastery. — The Jihadist bomb threat forcing evacuation of Lyon metro — The CAIR #myjihad Chicago campaign inspiring “bus jihad” — The British soldier attacked by Muslim thugs in Exeter. — The British pub that banned British soldiers so as not to offend local Muslims. — and a whole series of fatwa stories that were either fake or misrepresented.
Geller, and her partner Robert Spencer have proven hundreds of times that they have a Tenuous Grasp of the Concept of “Truth Telling”. It needs to be mentioned that once in awhile their claims turn out to be true. An example is the Bulgarian Bus Bombing by Hezbolla story. However, it is not surprising that if you throw out 100 charges that one or two turn out to be true. This is the same technique used by fortune tellers, who then only focus on their “accurate” predictions.
Bob Pitt of Islamophobia Watch reports Bare Naked Islam hails the ‘courageous counterjihad efforts’ of EDL thug who attacked Islamic centre in which he notes:
... You might have thought that even Bonni Benstock-Intall would be keen to dissociate herself from a deranged thug who entered the Al Falah Islamic Centre brandishing two knives and shouting: ”I’m going to kill you. Let’s see if Allah or God come to help you…. I’ll kill you Muslims, I’ll kill you before the police come, come downstairs, come out I’m going to cut your throat.”
But no. Under the heading “VERY SAD NEWS: One of BNI’s favorite British counterjihadist commenters has been arrested for setting off a smoke bomb at a mosque”, Benstock-Intall writes:
“Geoffrey Ryan, 44, posted under a few different names at BNI but most of you knew him as ‘trinovante.’ He was an EDL member who was distraught over the growing encroachment of Muslims into his neighborhood and the changing character of his country which now seems to favor Muslims over the native population. His language was very salty but he didn’t advocate violence. Apparently, the ‘alleged’ suicide death of his brother sent him over the edge.”
She adds: “BNI friends of ‘trinovante’ – Feel free to post messages to him here and I will forward them. We do not condone this act of violence but we support the courageous counterjihad efforts of the EDL, Geoff Ryan and all the defenders of freedom against Islamization.”
Update: Benstock-Intall has deleted the “Very sad news” post. However, a screenshot can be consulted here.
It is not only Geller and Spencer who engage in such devious tactics - it is also their close associates
David Yerushalmi of SANE published a racist article that he must now be ashamed of, as Alex Kane points out “Yerushalmi has deleted as much evidence of the “On Race” article as he could; he removed it from the Internet Archive and the Google cache, and put his entire website behind a registration wall. But here’s a PDF that contains the full article, and it’s as ugly and twisted a piece of racism as anything I’ve ever seen. Yerushalmi opens by calling Islam “an evil religion,” and “blacks … the most murderous of peoples.” More on Yerushalmi here
After Pres. Obama’s Cairo Speech, Frank Gaffney said “there is mounting evidence that the president not only identifies with Muslims, but actually may still be one himself.” He said “Barack Hussein Obama would have to be considered America’s first Muslim president.” (This article seems to have been removed from the web?) However, there are many articles still existing that refer to Gaffney’s article including this one in the Washington Times.
Frank Gaffney also used a fake quote from Abraham Lincoln to make his point in another article that objection to the war in Iraq was “treason”. (This article has also been removed). Glenn Greenwald’s article discussing this fake quote and Gaffney’s article is still online. More on Gaffney here
It would be possible to at least give the Islamophobes the benefit of the doubt, and believe that they at least genuinely believe the nonsense they spew about Islam and Muslims if they printed a retraction, or apologized when they made an error. When instead they engage in this sort of devious behavior, it becomes obvious that their motivation is more likely fleeting fame or financial gain. It also seems logical that if an individual attempts to hide evidence that something ever happened, that must mean that they have a guilty conscience about what they are hiding.
Geller, Spencer, Yerushalmi, Gaffney et al might consider the halakhic prohibition on Motzi shem ra, and the Christian prohibition on slander.
RESOURCES FOR DEALING WITH ISLAMOPHOBIA SUMMARY
The Islamophobia Industry exists and is engaged in an anti-Muslim Crusade. They have a manifesto for spreading their propaganda, and which states their goal of “destroying Islam — as a culture, a political ideology, and a religion.” They produce anti-Muslim films. They are forming new organizations and coalitions of organizations at a dizzying speed, not only nationally, but also internationally. They have formed an International Leadership Team “which will function as a mobile, proactive, reactive on-the-ground team developing and executing confidential action plans that strike at the heart of the global anti-freedom agenda.”
Currently, the Islamophobia Industry is engaged in a full-scale, coordinated, demonization campaign against American Muslims and Arabs. In just the past few months we have seen a series of inflammatory provocations: There was the Innocence of Muslims film Titanic, a German satire magazine plans an “Islam” cover article to be published later this month. Charlie Hebdo, a French satire magazine published an issue with inflammatory cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Newsweek published their ‘Muslim Rage’ cover. Terry Jones held a “trial of Prophet Muhammad”. SION held a “global” gathering in NYC to plan propaganda strategy. A group in Toronto publicized a “walk your dog at the mosque” day. AFDI/SIOA has run a series of anti-Muslim ads on public transportation across the country. AFDI/SIOA are planning to run 8 more anti-Muslim ads. There are three more films on Prophet Muhammad in the works by Ali Sina, Mosab Hassan Yousef and Imran Farasat. They are even bringing their hate messages into public schools.
Daniel Pipes is encouraging publication of “A Muhammad cartoon a day”, and says “So, this is my plea to all Western editors and producers: Display the Muhammad cartoon daily, until the Islamists become accustomed to the fact that we turn sacred cows into hamburger.”. Pipes joins Daniel Greenfield (aka Sultan Knish) who published an appeal on David Horowitz’ Front Page Magazine Is It Time for ‘Make Your Own Mohammed Movie Month’?. And, both are following in the footsteps of such luminaries as Pamela Geller, who promoted just such a plan back in 2010 with her promotion of Draw Muhammad Day, even after the cartoonist who drew the first cartoon and suggested the idea, Molly Norris apologized to Muslims and asked for the day to be called off, and American Muslims had issued a defense of free speech. None of this is surprising as one of the Islamophobes laid out their strategy as “The Muslims themselves have shown us their most vulnerable spot, which is the questionable (though unquestioned) character of the ‘Prophet’ himself. We need to satirise and ridicule baby-bonking Mo until the Muslims fly into uncontrollable tantrums, then ridicule them even more for their tantrums, and repeat the process until they froth at the mouth and steam comes out of their ears.”
The Islamophobia of these folks is very real, it is also strikingly similar to a previous generations’ anti-Semitism, and it has predictable consequences. The reason that this is so obvious to so many is that rational people can tell the difference between legitimate concerns and bigoted stereotypes.
The claim that the Islamophobes are “truth-tellers” and “defenders of freedom” who actually “love Muslims” and have never engaged in “broadbrush demonization” or “advocated violence”, or that nothing that they say could have had anything to do with any act of violence, are nonsense. The claim that they are falsely being accused of Islamophobia for no reason other than their legitimate concerns about real issues and that in fact there is not even such a thing as Islamophobia, or their claim that the fact that there are fewer hate crimes against Muslims than against Jews or that some Muslims have fabricated such crimes “proves” that Islamophobia doesn’t exist, or that the term Islamophobia was made up by Muslims in order to stifle their freedom of speech, or that anti-Muslim bigotry is “not Islamophobia but Islamorealism” are all nonsense.
These individuals and organizations consistently promote the false what everyone “knows” lies about Islam and Muslims (including distorting the meaning of Qur’anic verses, and distorting the meaning of Islamic terms such as taqiyya, jihad, sharia, etc.). Islamophobes falsely claim to see “JIHAD” PLOTS everywhere, particularly where they don’t exist. They, like Muslim extremists, don’t understand the true meaning of the term jihad. The Islamophobes have uncovered countless examples of “shocking”, non-existent Muslim jihad plots.
Here are just a few ridiculous claims about nonsensical Muslim plots:
An Eid Celebration for Muslim Special Needs Kids was described as a “stealth jihad”. A children’s page in a newspaper focusing on Eid was described as a toxic propaganda plot. Joel Hinrichs (a Christian) had a beard and had walked through the parking lot of a campus mosque thus proving that his crime was an example of sudden jihad syndrome. Leon Alphans Traille, Jr., the Arlington, Virginia Mall Bomber was accused of possible “sudden jihad syndrome” just because he had a beard, obviously, a case of beard jihad.
Tyler Brehm who carried out the Hollywood shooting jihad was accused of “sudden jihad syndrome” because he shouted something that one witness from the Philippines said he might have shouted “Allahu Akbar”. This report was not backed up by any other witnesses. The awful April 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech by a Korean student was also called Islamic jihad because Cho’s father had once worked in Saudi Arabia (before he was married and before Cho was born). A Muslim doctor had a heart attack and died at the wheel of his car which then crashed into a shopping mall and this was described as “vehicular jihad”. A Muslim cab driver objected to what he considered pornographic ads on the roof of his cab, and that became a stealth-jihad plot to impose Sharia on America. Any Muslim who has sued an employer for violation of their rights under the EEOC is engaged in employment jihad, or litigation jihad. Muslim environmentalists are said to be actually engaged in “civilizational jihad”. A cartoon series “The 99” aimed at young Muslims was described as “cultural jihad”. The victims of the terrorist attack of 9/11 included Muslims, they were accused of dying as martyrs in an act of jihad. Muslims hoped to open a Muslim hospital in the U.S. and that was called hospital jihad.
The Islamophobes have uncovered countless examples of “shocking” Muslim jihad plots. They have uncovered:
bumper sticker jihad — Thanksgiving turkey jihad — paisley scarf jihad — marriage to important men jihad — spit jihad — fashion jihad — spelling bee jihad — rape jihad — defacing dollar bills jihad — population jihad — creeping Sharia jihad — mosque building jihad — terror baby jihad — “creeping Sharia” jihad — pedophilia jihad — bus driver prayer jihad — forehead bruise jihad — postage stamp jihad — soup jihad — banning alcohol jihad — fake hate crimes jihad — piggy bank jihad — tv reality series jihad — handshake jihad — prom jihad — interfaith jihad — Arabic language jihad — public school jihad — religious accommodation jihad — Crescent moon jihad — Christmas tree tax jihad — oath of office jihad — immigration jihad — community fundraiser jihad— public school/madrassa jihad — post office jihad — food jihad — pyramid jihad — crucifixion jihad in Egypt — fireworks jihad — computer donation jihad — civic participation jihad — Olympic “judo” jihad— stealth name jihad— pre-violent jihad — Love jihad — fashion jihad 2 — #MyJihad ad jihad — talk show host jihad — art museum jihad — Halloween jihad — DNC Muslim Prayer Jihad — cat crucifixion jihad in Ghana — Scottish Muslim women’s stealth jihad — anti-democracy jihad — un-neighborly Musims in Paris jihad — jihad on Christopher Columbus — Iranian smallpox jihad — Muslim Christmas grinch jihad — #MyJihad twitter jihad — Muslim takeover of National Parks jihad
Nothing is too trivial to escape the eagle eyes of these “defenders of Western civilization” against devious Muslim stealth jihad plots. Christina Abraham (a Muslim) has a name that is not recognizably Muslim enough and so we have stealth name jihad. And, if a Muslim somewhere is not doing anything at all suspicious, then they are engaged in pre-violent jihad.
Islamophobes generalize specific incidents to reflect on all Muslims or all of Islam. Islamophobes consistently push demonstrably false memes such as: - we are in danger from creeping Sharia, - the Muslim population is increasing at an alarming rate, - 80% of American Mosques are radicalized, - There have been 270 million victims of “jihad” - There have been 17,000+ “Islamic terrorist” attacks since 9/11 - Muslims in government are accused of being Muslim Brotherhood plants, stealth jihadists, and creeping Sharia proponents and should be MARGINALIZED or excluded. Muslim and Arab organizations and individuals are connected to the infamous Muslim Brotherhood document or the unindicted co-conspirator label, or accused of not condemning Hamas, telling American Muslims not to talk to the FBI, of being “Jew haters”, etc.
Islamophobes do not understand freedom of speech or that freedom of speech does not include freedom from condemnation of that speech and they are quick to call for censorship and repression of speech they don’t like.
There is a reason that many, even outside of the Muslim community see such demonization of Muslims as Islamophobic. There is a reason that the ADL has stated that Brigitte Gabriel’s Act for America, Pamela Geller & Robert Spencer’s Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA), David Yerushalmi’s Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE) are “groups that promote an extreme anti-Muslim agenda”. There is a reason that The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated SIOA as a hate group, and that these individuals are featured in the SPLC reports Jihad Against Islam and The Anti-Muslim Inner Circle. There is a reason that these individuals and organizations are featured prominently in: — the Center for American Progress reports “Fear Inc.” on the Islamophobia network in America and Understanding Sharia Law: Conservatives skewed interpretation needs debunking. — the People for the American Way Right Wing Playbook on Anti-Muslim Extremism. — the NYCLU report Religious Freedom Under Attack: The Rise of Anti-Mosque Activities in New York State. — the Political Research Associates report Manufacturing the Muslim menace: Private firms, public servants, and the threat to rights and security. — The ACLU report Nothing to Fear: Debunking the Mythical “Sharia Threat” to Our Judicial System — in The American Muslim TAM Who’s Who of the Anti-Muslim/Anti-Arab/Islamophobia Industry. There is a reason that the SIOA’s trademark patent was denied by the U.S. government due to its anti-Muslim nature. There is a reason that these individuals and organizations are featured in just about every legitimate report on Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred.
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Sheila Musaji is the founding editor of The American Muslim (TAM), published since 1989. Sheila received the Council on American-Islamic Relations 2007 Islamic Community Service Award for Journalism, and the Loonwatch Anti-Loons of 2011: Profiles in Courage Award for her work in fighting Islamophobia. Sheila was selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims published since 2009 by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan. Biography You can follow her on twitter @sheilamusaji ( https://twitter.com/SheilaMusaji )