9/11 Museum Film Sparks Concerns Over Reference to Islam, Terrorists

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The National September 11 Memorial Museum, which remains unopened, rises behind a reflecting pool at The World Trade Center (wallyg/flickr)

The National September 11 Memorial Museum plans to show a film that is already causing controversy.

Groups who were asked to screen the seven-minute documentary "The Rise of Al Qaeda" said the film makes no distinction between the Islamic extremists who committed the September 11th attacks and the Islamic faith as a whole.

They said the terrorists are referred to as "Islamists.”

Ruth Yoder-Wenger with New York Disaster Interfaith Services met with museum officials, including the museum director Alice Greenwald, to discuss the group’s concerns about the film.

“And I remember specifically Ms. Greenwald nodding her head and saying, 'Yes, I understand, I understand, and we’re not going to change it,'” she said.

Museum spokesman Anthony Guido confirmed the museum will not be making any changes to the film. In an email, the museum said the goal of the film is to show who was responsible for the attacks. “It does not purport to be a film about Islam or in any way generalize that Muslims are terrorists," the email said.

Ryan Mahoney with the Council on American Islamic Relations in New York said he will continue to push for edits to be made before the museum opens.

They need “to make it really clear the issue is with extremists, not Muslims in general,” he said. “Muslims were first responders, Muslims died in this event, and it’s a tragedy for all communities.”

The Museum did not permit WNYC to screen a copy of the film.


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Comments [5]

M&M from USA

islamphobia = muslim ability to shut down the truth by accusing someone of nothing

Apr. 25 2014 08:08 PM
M&M from USA

College student wore a hijab for 18 days to reveal how racist her community is. University student Anisa Rawhani wore a hijab around campus for 18 days in January 2014. She wanted to see if people in her community were racist towards minority groups by dressing as Muslim. she noticed that people actually treated her more kindly and with more respect than when she didn’t wear the hijab

Apr. 25 2014 08:07 PM
M&M from USA

Muslim Man Convicted Of Murdering Wife After He And CAIR Tried To Blame Islamophobia. A San Diego Muslim man who accused unknown non-Muslim assailants of slaying his wife two years ago was found guilty of her murder this week. Apparently, the murderer was going for the Islamophobic ‘two-fer’ when he hatched his dastardly scheme. One, he could murder his wife in some sort of honor killing. Two, he could bear false witness against non-Muslims and stoke himself some Islamophobia, Saul Alinsky-style. Even CAIR’s local Executive Director sought out cameras to do the same, though Hanif Mohebi was only identified in a local news report as a “family friend” and not in his capacity as the leader of a local chapter of a Muslim Brotherhood front group. Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Apr. 25 2014 08:04 PM
Nadia Sindi from Eugene, Oregon USA

Please sign both petitions with and with Causes too.

And this one with Causes too. Thanks!

Apr. 25 2014 12:12 PM

Sounds more like propaganda than documentary, esp. @ 7 mins. long.

Apr. 25 2014 08:20 AM

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