New York police are investigating ISIS threats against political activist Pamela Geller, organizer of a Mohammed cartoon contest that was attacked by terrorists.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) says it is assessing a threat posted on a website used by the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group against Pamela Geller, organizer of a contest for the best cartoon of the prophet Mohammed.
Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) hosted the event on Sunday evening in Texas, where two terrorists began shooting before they were killed by police.
NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis said that the threat names Geller in particular. Investigators from counterterrorism and intelligence bureaus met with her on Wednesday and will do a “comprehensive threat assessment” to decide whether security for the freedom-of-speech activist is required.
Davis did not give any details on the security measures discussed.
In a posting on the message board JustPasteIt, ISIS said it was sending “all our Lions to achieve her slaughter.”
“Our aim was the khanzeer (swine) Pamela Geller and to show her that we don’t care what land she hides in or what sky shields her,” the post read.
Attack by ‘Islamic State in America’
“The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah in the heart of our enemy,” the message continued. The Arabic word “wiliyah,” means authority or governance.
Sunday’s shooting attack in Texas was the first attack on American soil for which ISIS officially claimed responsibility.
“This threat illustrates the savagery and barbarism of the Islamic State,” Geller said in a statement. “They want me dead for violating Sharia blasphemy laws.”
Geller has been the target of threats before. In June 2008, she filed an aggravated harassment complaint with the NYPD against Yousef al-Khattab, claiming he posted numerous menacing videos on her website and that she felt in danger. Al-Khattab posted what he thought was her home address and videos described as “severely creepy,” indicating that he meant to cause her severe harm.
By: AP and United with Israel Staff