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NYPD Asked to Explain Alleged Screening of Anti-Muslim Film

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The NYPD's screening of "The Third Jihad" brought Muslim groups and elected officials to the steps of City Hall

Muslim groups and elected officials are calling on the NYPD to explain why it allegedly screened a controversial documentary known as "The Third Jihad" for trainees.

"Films like this promote religious profiling and harmful stereotypes, and we find that unacceptable," said attorney Asim Rehman, a member of the Muslim American Civil Liberties Association, at an event on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday. "In a time when Muslim Americans have come under increased scrutiny, we need our police to protect us, not to profile us."

Rehman was joined by City Council members Robert Jackson, Jumaane Williams, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Charles Barron.

The screening of the film was first reported in The Village Voice, which quoted an officer as saying it was "so ridiculously one-sided. It just made Muslims look like the enemy. It was straight propaganda."

Based on excerpts available online, the film suggests that Islamic extremists are bent on taking over America.

The NYPD has a different account of what happened.

"The NYPD never authorized this video for training," wrote NYPD spokesman Paul Browne in an email. "Didn't use it for training; reviewed it and rejected it for training.  It was aired once while officers doing paper work were waiting for COBRA (chemical, biological and bio, radiation) training to begin. This has mutated into a big lie that the NYPD uses it for training."

The use of provocative films and other materials in training sessions for police departments and security agencies has become a new area of concern for Muslim organizations.

"Unfortunately, it's part of a national trend of law enforcement organizations nationwide," said Ramzi Kassem, a law professor at CUNY, "Incorporating hateful materials and including hacks who are passing themselves off as experts in the training of law enforcement officers in our nation. That the NYPD is a part of this trend is unacceptable, whether it was deliberate or the result of negligence on the NYPD's part."

According to Cyrus McGoldrick, the civil rights manager for the New York division of the Council on American Islamic Relations, groups hoping to promote videos such as "The Third Jihad" have "certain inroads into the national security community, into the law enforcement community, through former law enforcement and former police officers."

The 72-minute film was produced by the Clarion Fund, which was also behind "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West." The trailer for the "The Third Jihad" can be found below.

TTJ regular trailer from Clarion Fund on Vimeo.

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Comments [7]

Muhammad Salim Akhtar from Washington, Dc, NY& CA

Islamophobia is a crime and un-American.City sponsored Islamophobia is not acceptable. American Muslim Alliance stand in solidarity with rest of Brothers and Sisters.

Jul. 22 2011 09:51 PM
Jeff siddiqui from Lynnwood, WA

NYPD spokesman said anout the airing of 'The Third Jihad':
"It was aired once while officers doing paper work were waiting for COBRA (chemical, biological and bio, radiation) training to begin."
What if they had aired a porn film or, one involving child sexual exploitation?
Would he have been similarly dismissive and would NYPD have been as tolerant of those showing and those watching such films?
'The Third Jihad' is a vile piece of slander that coats all Muslims and Islam, with the tar-brush of an edited few and from that perspective, it IS porn and it does influence Police officers against Muslims.

Mar. 27 2011 03:01 AM
IQBAL MARFANI from Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Jihad is not "Blow Up Building/Structure And Killing People". Jihad is not "Suicide Bomber".
Jihad is "Struggle To Stay On Right Path". In my opinion every Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Bhudhist, etc. is doing Jihad everyday according to the teaching of their faith. No religion is complete without the Ten Commondments and this is Jihad.

Mar. 23 2011 11:14 PM
Big Man from NYC

The use of the film is dispicable and only confirms that a small minority of self-interested people are trying to instill bias (or worse) in our system. Showing Third Jihad is akin to presenting Der Ewige Jude. End of story.

Mar. 23 2011 09:59 AM
Abduh from MALAYSIA

"It was AIRED once ....." excuse me, the atomic bomb was dropped ONLY once over Hiroshima and it did it's intended job.

Mar. 23 2011 03:14 AM
Shanna K from Seattle

I wonder what a CAIR-approved training film would look like? Would it portray all muslims as peace-loving, even the Times Square bomber? Would it define jihad as a 'spiritual fight' alone? Would it deny honor killings? Would this training ultimately lead to the same PC-blinded policies that allowed Major Hasan Nidal to continue advocating jihad until he murdered several people? CAIR should not be dictating our police training.

Mar. 23 2011 12:44 AM
Jack Kinch(1uncle) from Midwest City, Oklahoma, USA

The police film about muslim is not about religion. It's about all things muslim except religion. Police may not think much of your beliefs but since you were allowed in and if you stay, worship Satan if you want. BUT, NO jihad.

Mar. 22 2011 08:54 PM

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