Wednesday, September 1, 2010, Doug Chandler Special To The Jewish Week, Pamela Geller had had enough.
The right-wing blogger, whose vehement opposition to the planned Islamic community center near Ground Zero (a “mega-mosque” in her parlance) has earned Geller national headlines, rose from her seat at a Midtown diner last week and, fed up with the line of questioning, stormed out of a Jewish Week interview.
“Shame on you,” she shouted, “shame on you. Stop slamming the good guys.” A journalist’s offense? Asking questions about her accuracy and her red-meat rhetoric.
The sense of drama seems, in part, to define Geller, who can be seen on the Internet frolicking in a bikini and posing in a skin-tight Superwoman outfit. Her blog “Atlas Shrugs” has referred to Democrats as “National Socialists,” has sided with Slobodan Milosevic, the late Serbian president charged with war crimes, and has claimed that Elena Kagan, the country’s newest Supreme Court justice and a Jew, admired “an architect” of Nazism. She has also likened President Barack Obama’s opposition to settlement growth on the West Bank to preparations for the Holocaust and has provided space to one writer’s view that Obama is Malcolm X’s love child.
But few people are likely to guess that the woman, Pamela Geller, who has stirred so much passion is also a Jewish day school mom raised by a Yiddishkeit family in the Five Towns enclave of Hewlett, L.I. (see NY Post article about Pamela Geller)
NY Post Car Scam Eyed; Slay Probe of Collin Thomas Uncovered Car Scam at Universal Auto World That Supplied “Drug Dealers, Pimps, and Gang leaders,” Pamela Geller listed as Co-Owner of Car Dealership. As part of the homicide probe, Nassau County police raided the dealership, owned by auto czar Michael Oshry, and Oshry's Hewlett Harbor home (where Pamela Geller Oshry was living) and seized business records. Cops found banking records were sent to the house, though the state requires such files be kept at businesses, according to court papers filed in a civil forfeiture action by the Nassau district attorney. "The dealership knew what was going on," an investigator said.
NY Post...The probe began with the Jan. 11, 2007, slaying of Collin Thomas, who was fatally shot in the back outside the offices of Universal Auto World where the 27-year-old worked as a car salesman. NYS Division of Corporations website lists the mailing address for Universal Auto Sales, LLC DBA Universal Auto Word as Harbor Rd Hewlett Harbor, New York (Long Island), the home, at the time, of Pamela Geller. The co-owners were Michael Oshry, Pamlea (Oshry) Geller and Christ Tsiropoulos as listed in New York State records.
Pamela Geller’s politics and tone have drawn a growing number of visitors to her blog, which she uses to promote other projects, including a provocatively named group, Stop Islamization of America, and her recently published book, “The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America.”
The one thing Geller does acknowledge is that “no one else was talking” about the center as she began addressing the issue on Atlas Shrugs. But no one should assume that Geller’s blog posts made the story the one it is today. Instead, as she sees it, awareness of the matter simply grew and, with it, opposition to the center.
But Geller has done more than simply write about the project. She has also organized much of the opposition, showing up at the May 25 community board meeting that heard public debate over the issue, convening the first rally against the center, in early June, and now, of course, planning next week’s rally.
Geller attended the community board meeting with Robert Spencer, an author and fellow blogger with whom she often partners, where they and others often shouted down speakers in favor of the center, creating an atmosphere that reminded one board member, the son of a German Jewish refugee, of the Brown Shirt movement.
She has also debated the issue on Fox News, “The Joy Behar Show” and other TV programs, where she often raises her voice and talks over the other guests. On the matter of faith, Geller herself is not especially observant, calling her children far more religious than she is. She sends two of her children to Jewish day school, although she prefers that any further information about her kids remain private — a consequence, she added, of the death threats she says she has received.
She grew up in a Conservative Jewish home — “more Yiddishkeit than by the book,” she said — and has visited Israel twice: once during college and, again, in 2006, when she blogged about Israel’s war with Hezbollah. But her views about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are just as right-wing as her views on American politics. “There’s no gray area with me,” Geller said. “I know why I think what I think.” more from this source.....
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