By David Freedlander 1/25
The Islamic Circle of North America called on police commissioner Ray Kelly to resign today, after more revelations about an anti-Islamic film screened for NYPD officers came out.
On Monday, The New York Times revealed that the film, â€śThe Third Jihadâ€ť had been screened on a â€ścontinuous loopâ€ť for over a thousand police officers, even though the NYPD brass had previously said it had only been shown a couple of times to a few officers. The movie contains footage of attacks from Islamic radicals, and the narrator tels the audience that â€śThe true agenda of much of Islam in America â€¦[is]â€¦A strategy to infiltrate and dominate America.â€ť The film contains interview clips of Mr. Kelly, but Mr. Kellyâ€™s spokesman said that the footage was archival. Today, The Times revealed this to be false, and that in fact Mr. Kelly sat down for an interview with the filmmaker.
â€śWe call on Mayor Bloomberg to either fire Commissioner Kelly or ask for his resignation,â€ť said the president of ICNA, Zahid H. Bukhari.â€ť The NYPD under Kellyâ€™s leadership has allowed a blatantly racist, Islamophobic film to be used to train over 1,489 police officers. This film was also produced by individuals and groups with ties to anti-Muslim hate groups. This type of clandestine behavior by the NYPD not only violates the civil liberties and civil rights of Muslim Americans but calls into question the integrity of a police force that is sworn to protect thousands of law abiding Muslim Americans and other ethnic communities who live in New York City.â€ť
Mr. Bukhari said he believed that the film would lead to an increase in Islamophobia.
Yesterday, Mr. Bloomberg said the airing of the film revealed â€śterrible judgment.â€ť
The Islamic Circle of North America is a 40-year-old Muslim organization devoted to â€ťeducating its growing membership about Islam, the goal being to adhere to Islamic values amongst a religiously diverse community, according to its website.
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