In a May 23 post on her blog, Atlas Shrugs, Pamela Geller attempted to explain away applause given to President Obama during his May 22 speech at the AIPAC Policy Conference, claiming, “AIPAC is generally an orgy of applause and cheering ... [m]ention that grilled chicken will be served in the cafe downstairs and you'll get a huge round of applause.” Geller further claimed AIPAC members “simply do not comprehend what is being done to them” and compared them to “German Jews.” From Atlas Shrugs:
Much is being made of the applause that Obama received at AIPAC. I think this needs to be explained, or at least put into some context.
AIPAC is generally an orgy of applause and cheering for anyone and everyone who addresses the appreciative audience. It is the one place where Jews can congregate and hear wonderful, exultant praise of Israel (outside of the constant campaign of anti-Israel propaganda). And the AIPAC rank and file love the respite from the lies and the smears. They will cheer anything. Seriously. Mention that grilled chicken will be served in the cafe downstairs and you'll get a huge round of applause. 25,000 carrots had to be brought to garnish the salads to feed 10,000 attendees. That, too, gets a hand. This is a happy group.
It takes some people a very long time to figure out that they have been kicked in the teeth, and that they are getting kicked in the teeth. It seems impossible, but Jews simply do not comprehend what is being done to them, and what is being done to Israel. It is as though they are liberals/socialists first, Democrats second .... and Jews dead last. German Jews thought themselves Germans before Jews .....
In a world that did not perceive Jews as Jews, first, last and always, this might not be such a major intellectual failing, but in this world, it is suicidal. They simply do not comprehend what they see, when they look down and see someone sawing off their leg with a dull saw.