Pamela Geller (born June 14, 1958) is an American political activist and commentator. She is known for her anti-Islamic writings, opposition to the proposed construction of an Islamic community center near the former site of the World Trade Center, and sponsorship of the "Draw the Prophet" cartoon contest in Garland, Texas. Geller is the third of four sisters born to the Jewish family of Reuben, a textile manufacturer, and Lillian Geller.
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Geller is currently the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) which she co-founded with Robert Spencer.
Multiple media outlets have called Geller "far right", while others, such as the BBC, contrast her right-wing support for small government with her culturally liberal positions on abortion and same sex marriage.
In May 2013, the Jewish Defense League of Canada invited Geller to speak in Toronto, Canada. Initially, Geller was invited by Rabbi Mendel Kaplan to speak at [email protected] Because Kaplan was a chaplain with the York Regional Police, the police's Hate Crimes Unit stated that Kaplan's invitation conflicted with "our long-held position of inclusivity". Kaplan consequently uninvited Geller, and she spoke at the Toronto Zionist Centre.
In June 2013, Geller was scheduled to speak at an English Defense League rally, but was barred from entering Britain by a Home Office ruling that describes her as having established "anti-Muslim hate groups". Cited as evidence for the ban were statements categorizing al-Qaeda as "a manifestation of devout Islam" and stating that jihad requires Jews as an enemy. Geller called the decision "a striking blow against freedom ... The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead."
In 2015, Geller announced that she would run ads on public transit systems accusing donors to the New Israel Fund of being supporters of the anti-Israel BDS movement, although a spokesperson from NIF said the charge is false. Geller wrote that "These leaders are 21st-century kapos, but worse... They are leftists aligned with the jihad force."
In economics Geller favors "right-wing" "small government" fiscal policies of cutting taxes and reducing budgets. She is "socially liberal" in her support of abortion legalization and same-sex marriages but she believes drug legalization goes "too far".
She encouraged Israel to "stand loud and proud. Give up nothing. Turn over not a pebble. For every rocket fired, drop a MOAB. Take back Gaza. Secure Judea and Samaria. Stop buying Haaretz. Throw leftists bums out." She is an ardent Zionist. She regards much of the Israeli media as "Jewicidal" and the kibbutz movement as a failed idea and a variety of slavery.
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