Islamophobia as an Offensive Weapon

“The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling for the dismissal of New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and the appointment of an outside inspector-general to run the police. CAIR and other “mainstream” Muslim groups have a long-standing grievance with Kelly and the NYPD arising out of a 2007 NYPD Intelligence Report entitled, “Radicalization in the West: the Homegrown Threat,” and the NYPD’s ongoing surveillance of radical Islamic groups, including mosques. But the immediate club being used to hammer Kelly is his participationin a documentary entitled The Third Jihad. So far The New York Times has devoted numerous news stories and two editorials to The Third Jihad, which is described as “a dark film on U.S. Muslims” and “anti-Islam,” whose producers seek to advance a pro-Israel agenda.”

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