Linda Holtzman (photo right), a lesbian, is the senior rabbi at Mishkan Shalom, a synagogue in Philadelphia, and author of My Life as a Lesbian Rabbi” in Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation. Holtzman, who has made a career of liberal activism, ventured into new territory when she began slapping black-and-yellow ‘hate speech’ stickers on the back of Adolf Hitler’s head.
Philly.com Hitler is featured in an anti-Islam ad displayed on SEPTA buses this month, and Holtzman and other Jewish activists have launched a campaign of guerrilla protest.
Holtzman, 62, is on the faculty of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote and has been active in campaigns against gun violence, for Palestinian rights, for illegal immigrants, and for a higher minimum wage. She said she was disappointed by the lack of reaction to the Hitler ads. But not a word about this:
They are pasting stickers that are a parody of SEPTA’s own “Dude, It’s Rude” pro-civility ad campaign onto the anti-Islam ads: “Dude It’s Rude . . . Hate Speech – Really?” “It’s our Jewish obligation to stand up and acknowledge there is oppression in our society and act on the behalf of our friends and neighbors,” Holtzman said Tuesday. “Muslims are faced with deep prejudice. For us not to speak feels like a deep disgrace.” What about this?
Linda Holtzman is of the 8 Rabbis on the Rabbinical Council of The Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)–an organization named by the Anti-Defamation League as one of the 10 most anti-Israel organizations in America. According to the ADL analysis JVP, the organization with which these Rabbis are involved:…calls for an end to U.S. aid to Israel, accuses Israel of “apartheid” policies, and supports divestment campaigns against Israel. Holtzman is one of the Rabbis for Obama that includes many leaders of the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Movement, a movement inimical to Israel’s well-being. as well as founders of the pro-Hamas “Fast for Gaza” initiative.
Even worse, Holtzman eagerly jumped into bed with designated terrorist group CAIR to protest AGAINST anti-sharia legislation in Pennsylvania., even playing the Nazi card at CAIR-PA’s press conference. “The echoes for me are strong of Germany in the 1930s,” she said, “when repeatedly Jewish law was brought forward and defamed in the courts as a means of defaming all of Jewish tradition.” Aside from the sheer ugliness of her analogy, Shari’a could be “defamed” only by spreading inaccuracies about it. The bill correctly labels Shari’a as “inherently hostile to our constitutional liberties.”
She and a loose coalition of activists say they have been stickering the bus ads almost since the provocative images began appearing a month ago, after a federal court ruling that SEPTA had to accept the ads. The anti-Islam ads will soon come down, as the monthlong, $30,000 advertising contract expires at the end of this week, Williams said.
The ads, which read, “Islamic Jew-Hatred: It’s in the Quran,” were paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an organization underwritten by a Jewish activist, Pamela Geller, an outspoken critic of Islam. The ads feature a photograph of a 1941 meeting between Hitler and Hajj Amin al-Husseini, a Palestinian Arab nationalist who made radio broadcasts supporting the Nazis.
“I would support other actions, like marching at the bus depots,” Holtzman said. “If these ads just become part of the accepted background of what it means to live in America, that feels awful to me.” (Good, go live in Gaza with your Hamas pals)