October 10, 2007, - 9:28 pm

Blame My Cousin Mallory (& Leona Helmsley): Empire State Building Green For Ramadan

By Debbie Schlussel
Today, they announced that the Empire State Building will light itself HAMAS-green in honor of the end of Ramadan.
Blame my bright, outgoing (and innocent) cousin, Mallory, whose grandmother and mine were sisters and immigrants from Poland, the only two siblings (out of several) in their family who survived the Holocaust.
Ten years ago, young Mallory Blair Greitzer of New York, made headlines around the world when she wrote a letter to then-Empire State Building owner Leona Helmsley, asking her to light up the lights of the famous New York landmark in honor of the Jewish holiday of Channukah. Not only did Helmsley oblige, but she released Mallory’s letter to the press and invited her to switch the lights on at a special ceremony. Mallory was featured in the New York Times, on CNN, and in every other media outlet you can think of. This was TIME Magazine’s account (it picked Mallory as one of its “winners” in the “Winners & Losers” column):
EXTREMIST MAKEOVER: HAMAS Empire State Building . . .

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HAMAS-Green Empire State Building

(Artwork by DAVID LUNDE/LUNDESIGNS)

Old Empire State Building . . .
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CANDLE OF MANY COLORS
Yes, Mallory, there is a Leona Helmsley. Thanks to the persistent pleas of nine-year-old New Yorker Mallory Blair Greitzer, the Empire State Building’s overseer has agreed to bathe the skyscraper in blue and white on Dec. 23 to mark the first night of Hanukkah. The usual red and green that adorn the spire during the Christmas season will return the next evening.

Here’s an excerpt from The New York Times:

The lights that bathe the Empire State Building will be turned blue and white on Hanukkah this year for the first time ever, thanks to a precocious 9-year-old girl from the Upper East Side of Manhattan and her unlikely ally, Leona Helmsley.
Two years ago, while her father was driving her home from her grandparents’ house in Brooklyn, Mallory Blair Greitzer gazed up at the blue lights shining on the top of the Empire State Building and wondered if the colors — the building is usually simply lit in white — were in honor of Hanukkah. They weren’t; it was the birthday of Frank Sinatra — “Old Blue Eyes.”
A week or so later, the child again saw the building glowing blue and white. Hanukkah? No, the lights were a mournful reflection on the assassination of Yitzak Rabin.
Disappointed, Mallory talked to her teachers at a Reform Jewish day school that she attends on the Upper West Side. She felt that a letter writing campaign or a petition could persuade the building’s management to turn the lights blue and white for Hanukkah. . . .
The lights on the famous landmark are often changed to mark major holidays (Christmas gets green and red), minor holidays (Pulaski Day gets red and white), special days (Gay Pride Weekend gets lavender), odd events (when Mrs. Helmsley went to jail a few years back they were shut off) and even to sell commercial products (M&M/Mars, a few years ago, had the lights on the 102-story building turned royal blue at sunset to announce blue M&M’s).
So Mallory then wrote to the building herself — and was given a form-letter rejection. Her father, an optometrist [DS: my cousin, Dr. Manny Greitzer], got the same treatment when he wrote a letter.
“They said, ‘No way, Jose,’ — every religion gets one holiday, and we had Jewish Independence Day,” she said, referring to Israel Independence Day. “But when I think of Jewish holidays, I think of Hanukkah.”
Blue and white signify the colors of the Israeli flag and a tallus, a prayer shawl worn in biblical times [DS: actually, still worn now]. . . .
Mrs. Helmsley overruled her staff and ordered that the building’s lights be turned to blue and white from the evening of Dec. 23 to the evening of Dec. 24.
“She was touched when I showed her the correspondence from this young girl,” said Mrs. Helmsley’s publicist, Howard J. Rubenstein. “Her feeling was that it is appropriate and good for New York interreligious understanding.” . . .
Mallory’s reaction: “It was so cool. My Dad jumped up and down when he got the letter. I was so amazed this happened.”
A ceremony is being planned at the building to turn on the lights, and Mallory is expected to turn the switch to change the lights.

Now, a decade later, with Mallory in college, Helmsley dead, and millions of her money going to a pet dog, something more ridiculous than the dogs’ millions is happening. The Empire State Building–which overlooks the city with the world’s largest Jewish population–will be lit green (the official color of HAMAS) in honor of Eid Al-Fitr, the festival that ends Islam’s Ramadan.
That’s why I’m not so sure–even though we were all proud of Cousin Mallory then–that her idea about making a non-major Jewish holiday get equal booking with Christmas, the most important of Christmas holidays in what is has always been and remains for now, thankfully, a Christian country. Because of that, now the religion of hijackers wants its equal footing atop one of America’s tallest buildings, too. But, in fact, that religion already lit up two of America’s tallest towers, already. And that’s the only chance it should have gotten.
Putting the Cult in Multi-Culturalism
My cousin Mallory was TIME’s “winner” then, but with this tribute to Islam now to occupy the top of the Empire State Building, I have to wonder whether her bid at “egalitarianism” was a win at all. In fact, now, we’re all losers. This is not, of course, a dig at my then-9-year-old-cousin, a great girl, proud American, and all-around cool person. How could she have seen her aim at a symbol of Jewish pride turn into a successful recognition of the Religion of Terrorists, a decade later? Not many foresaw that Judeo-Christian values would soon be replaced by Neo-”Abrahamic” (Ishmaelic) Fascism.
Only my father, of Blessed Memory, had qualms about Mallory’s request and success, at the time. He never liked the petty equality liberal Jews demanded for the more minor Channukah, every year during the Christmas season, and thought this portended bad things in the future. He knew what “interreligious understanding” ultimately meant: that we would soon have to tolerate the epitome of intolerance in the name of “interreligious understanding”.
Now, even after his death, Father Still Knows Best. He was right. To wit, that the Empire State Building should only be lit up in colors for two holidays, The Fourth of July and Christmas.
Frankly, if they really want to make an honest tribute to Islam, why stop at green lighting? Why not just wrap the building in one of those transparent advertising wrappers, this one featuring a green HAMAS headband around the top of the building?
Or if they really want to be accurate and make a fitting tribute to Islam, they’d light up the building this way . . .

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It would go over very well in the Muslim world, as it did the last time . . .
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Palestinian woman on Ramallah street cheers 9/11 attacks.

Hmmm . . . since she originated the colored lighting on the Empire State Building for Channukah, I wonder what my cousin Mallory will think of the new HAMAS green lighting that copycats her pitch to the Queen of Mean (whom I think was somewhat unfairly vilified). I’ll have to give her a call and find out.
But something tells me that when she originated the idea of lighting the building in honor of Channukah, she wasn’t thinking of moral equivalence for the Religion of Terrorists in her letter to Mrs. Helmsley.
“Interreligious understanding” now means we must “understand” those who want to obliterate us through tall buildings. When you demand multi-culturalism, the “cult” is the part of the word that ends up dominating.
In 2001, it was through forced, violent, fiery colors. In 2007, it is through voluntarily whimpering and butt-kissing to Ramadan colors.
Either way, it’s a defeat. The first time, the tall buildings’ owners didn’t expect it. This time, the owners not only see it coming, they cower to it.
Planes into the building, yesterday. Jihadist-Green atop the building, today. Same difference.
If only Jim Jones were around today . . . Kool-Aid Purple Lighting atop the Empire State. “Interreligious Understanding.”
Just asking us to look at the HAMAS-Green is like forcing us to drink the Purple.

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24 Responses

Yes – your father was right, no surprise there.
They might as well put up a giant “V” for victory in green lights. To put this up is just playing into the Islamists’ hands. This will be seen as a sign of victory for them – why can’t people (Bloomberg, et al) understand that? Unless the madrassah mayor doesn’t mind an Islamist victory!
Regardless, this will be all over Al-Jazeera, victory atop of a New York building. This PC is really killing us.

CarpeDiem on October 10, 2007 at 11:04 pm

Along very similar lines: Political Correctness Gone Mad-Congress Honors Ramadan, Flouts Constitution http://1389blog.com/2007/10/10/political-correctness-gone-mad-congress-honors-ramadan/
But seriously, what else should we expect from a state that elected Hitlery as senator? After all, she did play kissyface with Suha Arafat…
And if you don’t already have enough reasons to do all you can to make sure she never becomes president, there’s this: Exclusive: Clinton’s legacy, the Balkans caliphate http://millennium-notes.blogspot.com/2007/10/exclusive-clinton-legacy-balkan.html

1389 on October 11, 2007 at 12:35 am

Debbie
Mallory is innocent: just because Jews get to be honored at the Empire State Building doesn’t mean that every religion deserves to be. It’s fine to request that religions other than Christianity be honored, but when someone asks for Islam to be put on that same pedestal, they should have simply put their foot down and said a bid resounding NO.
As I read somewhere else recently, the statement that all religions are equal is an insult to all religions.
[IP: EXACTLY. I WROTE THAT MALLORY IS INNOCENT IN THIS VERY ENTRY. DS]

Infidel Pride on October 11, 2007 at 12:43 am

Bring back Pope Urban II !!!
He would know what to do.

feralcat9 on October 11, 2007 at 2:57 am

The idea of lighting the Empire State Building with green lights for the muslims reminds me of this (parody) video!
http://www.theonion.com/content/video/al_qaeda_also_fed_up_with_ground
Which is more absurd?

XP on October 11, 2007 at 4:20 am

You can pick your seat, but you can’t pick your relatives.
[JC: I LOVE MY COUSIN, MALLORY, AND AM GLAD I'M RELATED TO HER. AND I'D PICK HER. THE POINT OF THE PIECE IS NOT AGAINST HER. THE POINT HERE IS THAT SOMETIMES A YOUNG KID CANNOT FORESEE IT, BUT WHEN WE SEEK EQUALITY ON SYMBOLIC THINGS FOR ALL RELIGIONS THAT MEANS *ALL* "RELIGIONS," INCLUDING THE ONE THAT OPENLY WISHES TO DESTROY US. DS]

John Cunningham on October 11, 2007 at 4:47 am

“But, in fact, that religion already lit up two of America’s tallest towers, already. And that’s the only chance it should have gotten.”
You stated my very thoughts as I read this one with interest. But we do it anyway!
I also gagged at Congress voting to somehow tip its hat to ramadan this year too—-and I think it was unanimous!—hello, are we insane?
Well Debbie, at least in you I know someone hates islam and the hell it represents as much as me! Mozel Tov.
To you muslims for ramadan I say–please go back to Arabia and Mecca and keep your mohmmaden cult where it belongs–in a backward society.

BB on October 11, 2007 at 6:26 am

Is there room for a crescent on between the STARS and the stripes?

Bill Petty on October 11, 2007 at 8:00 am

First, the Islamization of America and now the Islamization of space:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/10/AR2007101001511.html?hpid=sec-religion

Bill Petty on October 11, 2007 at 9:14 am

Bill Petty,
There is absolutely NO room for the crescent. America is constitutional law, not sharia.
I also wish Debbie had used this photo in this article,
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/09/060908-9-11-photos.html

LX on October 11, 2007 at 10:04 am

It’s disgusting, yes; but it’s also typical New York. This is the same town whose academics were calling for “a million Mogadishus” to be inflicted on U.S. troops, a year after 9/11. This is the town which is so divorced from the rest of America that,…well, let H. L. Mencken describe it:
“Every great wave of popular passion that rolls up on the prairies is dashed to spray when it strikes the hard rocks of Manhattan.”
And that was 80 years ago.

The Sanity Inspector on October 11, 2007 at 11:10 am

Does this mean the muslims won’t target NYC with their first nuclear weapon? NYC is also Rudys’ town, one of the guys who wants to be President, isn’t it? Perish the thought! Of course it could be worse and Hillary & ‘white trash Willy’ get in again, wouldn’t it?

countywolf on October 11, 2007 at 11:22 am

If you really wanted to honor Islam, put a big red target with a bull’s eye for the next round of hijackers. Does it strike anyone else as erie that Muslims had another major building in New York lit up in all sorts of colors back in, oh, 2001?

JasonBourne81 on October 11, 2007 at 12:21 pm

Deb, OK, but, if you knew some of my relatives. Never mind.

John Cunningham on October 11, 2007 at 1:07 pm

LGF had a link to the management of the Empire State Building. I registered my dismay and disgust in a very polite manner. I encourage others to do the same. If I get a reply *snicker*, I’ll post it.
http://www.esbnyc.com/modules/SE_faq_frame.cfm?section=red
Click on “contact us” at the top and take it from there.

cirrus1701 on October 11, 2007 at 1:07 pm

September 11 will be a holiday when we become the Islamic States of America. Then the ESB can be constantly glowing green, maye a little mellow yellow as well for the Hezbo’s.

TheOmegaMan on October 11, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Just FYI: Green may be the color HAMAS uses, but it is also considered the color of peace in the ME. Red is the color of war and so forth.
I hate to say it, but if the building is privately owned, they may light it up any color they wish wether it is insulting to everyone or not.

AirborneVet on October 11, 2007 at 1:47 pm

The problem is that too few non-Muslims have actually taken the time to study Islam and all that it prescribes. Its central doctrine is open-ended jihad (taking many forms) against all unbelievers, a struggle which ends only when all the world has been conquered by and is under the sway of Islam. Islam does not tolerate pluralism, and must dominate. The means to achieve this are manifold, and include but are not limited to demographics (massive immigration into infidel lands, outbreeding the original inhabitants of the host countries); propaganda (through NGOs, lobbies, advocacy groups such as CAIR, Islamic schools and religious centers, funded primarily by billions in Saudi petrodollars ); outright lying (taqiyya), where the doctrines and aims of Islam are disguised and sanitized to assuage the nervous infidel citizenry whose justified suspicions must never be shown to be validated by true disclosure about Islam’s actual, inherently supremacist and malevolent nature; and, of course, armed struggle and its correlate, terrorism. Sadly, most of us lack the time, inclination, energy, or intellectual acuity to embark upon such a pursuit, and our government, which should be actively doing just this, seems to be completely unwilling to do this as well, to our great detriment. Unless and until the truth is out and has received full acceptance by the mainstream West, we are going to lose our civilization.

commonsense on October 11, 2007 at 6:54 pm

I think we need to put an Irish spin on this. There is no point in acknowledging that this is for Ramadan. Let us declare a Leprechaun event in NYC on that date or some such. The muslims are not the only people who use green, you know!

Dr. D on October 11, 2007 at 7:01 pm

Your cousin is innocent. But re: those green lights – I feel ill, in fact I am turning green with disgust. The politically correct & Vishy-Vashy hail their conquerers. Dare I wish for King Kong to show up?
Also on my mind, did you all hear the solidarity of sobs becuase some racist nut hung a noose on an African American prof’s door at Columbia. This is the same Columbia U where the world’s biggest anti-Semite received red carpet treatment. Would Columbia U. welcome a blatant anti-African American speaker who denied slavery, etc. to speak? But alas, hating Jews and America is no crime at all to some.

crazycatkids on October 11, 2007 at 7:08 pm

I think the appropriate thing to do is to have a laser light replication of the HAMAS symbol shine on one of the huge tanks at the sewage treatment plant. After all, it represents foul, disgusting turds that need to be decimated.
WTF is this country coming to?

1shot1kill on October 12, 2007 at 8:13 am

Thank the fuck christ there are people like you out there to mop this shit up. I would be gob-founded should I wake up one day in Philadelphia and hear from some bitch that the lights in The City on not-a-bar tower had been changed. THOSE COLORS DON’T RUN! Or, serve liquor.

Pillbug_ on October 12, 2007 at 10:53 am

Maybe you are just jealous because Christianity doesn’t have a team colour.
…someone get on that right away.

Ian on October 12, 2007 at 12:55 pm

You’re one of those who had seen the most stupid.It is not clear who you support.It should be noted that sometimes:Insulting a person is insulting to many other.But do not forget that:Iran hates the Arabs.And believes that No more dirty dogs of the Arabs.Nowhere to go and you do not count.But too much greed Nkhvr.Waste may Bshvy

adl on September 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

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