A coordinated campaign is underway by a prominent Nassau County official to persuade Great Neck Synagogue leadership to cancel an appearance next month by outspoken Islam critic Pamela Geller, according to several sources.

Habeeb U. Ahmed, one of 15 appointed members of the Nassau Commission on Human Rights, has urged members of an interfaith group to bar Geller from speaking April 14 in Great Neck, according to a Jewish Press report.

The human rights commission was established in 1963 to improve relations and insure equality of opportunity, according to the Nassau County website. But Geller's opportunity at free speech in Great Neck has been the subject of recent emails by Ahmed, according to published reports.

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