ISLAM AGAINST “THE THIRD JIHAD”

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Yesterday, hundreds from New York’s Islamic community joined forces with supporters to protest against racial profiling in their neighbourhoods. The demo was specifically a protest to show outrage at a video recently shown as part of the NYPD’s ‘anti terrorism training programme’. (video can be seen at the end of this post)
Presented here is the call to their action, followed by photos of the paricipants.
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MUSLIMS AND ALLIES DEMAND 

NYPD ACCOUNTABILITY

The NYPD is Watching Us, But Who is Watching the NYPD?

Join New Yorkers demanding a police department that is accountable 

to the public who fund it through our tax dollars.

The Majlis Ash-Shura of Metro NY and DRUM (Desis Rising Up & Moving) 

are co-organizing a rally with the support of other Muslim communities, 

leaders and activists, and allies, in order to demand the following:

 

1. The resignation of Commissioner Kelly and NYPD spokesperson Paul Browne
2. Demand for independent community control of the NYPD, and a well-funded oversight mechanism with subpoena
power

WHY?

The NYPD has been exposed for participating in the making of, and the showing of the bigoted, Islamophobic film, “The Third Jihad” to 1,500 police officers, and then repeatedly lying about it.  The NYPD has been spying on Muslim communities in mosques, schools, businesses, colleges, and community centers in the five boroughs.

The film depicts the majority of American Muslims as supportive of violent extremism, and specifically names several prominent Muslim organizations ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America), MAS (Muslim American Society), CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), and others as examples of this.  It also accuses the majority of American Muslims of secretly being part of a conspiracy to take over the U.S. government.

Commissioner Ray Kelly willingly participated in the making of the film, and while he has apologized, he has not explained why the NYPD chose to lie, on the record, about his participation for well over a year. In the meantime, Commissioner Kelly has smugly dismissed community concerns by saying he has “excellent relations” with NYC Muslim communities on the basis of only talking and meeting with those hand-picked leaders who continue to support him without regards to the experiences and feelings of people in our communities. We know that the NYPD has operated without transparency or accountability, and often with brute force, with Black, Latino, and other communities of color, and youth for decades.

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Photos © by Bud Korotzer
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The Participants…
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Led by Community Leaders…
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Joined by many elected officials…
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The video in question …. see for yourself why it’s racist…
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This is the video NYPD Chief Raymond Kelly routinely used as part of his department’s anti-terrorism training. Caving into local outraged Muslims and to a city government weakened by political correctness, Chief Kelly recently issued an apology for showing it.
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4 Comments

  1. giulio said,

    February 4, 2012 at 18:23

    Beautiful! The people,the protest and the post. Thank you so much.

  2. Ponce said,

    February 5, 2012 at 16:56

    As we all know one of the Zionist tactics is to devide the people of a country by having them fight among themselves in order to make them weaker and easier to control.

    We will see a much more divided nation…..Spanish vs whites?, blacks vs Sapanish?, black and Spanish vs whites?, black and Muslims vs whites? … If I was a younger person I would get the heck out of the US because is this so called “land of the free” is going to become another Israel.

    To tell you the truth I really admired “those” people for sticking to their guns in their plan of taking over the whole planet……may “The Force” be with all the goys.

    If what I say sounds “stupid” is only because my thinking is controlled by what I read and hear and therefore the conclusions that I came up with.

  3. Jon said,

    February 6, 2012 at 22:46

    Hi,
    Thank you for the report on the demonstration. As a member of Jews Against Islamophobia and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, I was glad these organizations were among the sponsors and speakers. I would urge Ponce to be more careful with his distinctions between Zionists and Jews, as called for by Desertpeace’s guidelines. The first paragraph about “As we all know one of the Zionist tactics is to divide the people of a country. . . ” sounds very much like a traditional slander against the Jews with the word “Zionist” substituted for “Jew.” Similarly the third paragraph referring to ‘those” people’s “plans for taking over the whole planet” and urging “The Force” to be with “all the goys” amounts to a misrepresentation of and attack on all Jews.
    The Israeli government and its supporters may find it convenient to claim that they represent all Jews but they don’t by any means. “Zionism” is a particular political ideology; it is not synonymous with Judaism. All Jews are not Zionists; all Zionists are not Jews. There is no “Jewish” plan to “take over the whole planet. Please don’t fall into anti-Semitic or other stereotypes.

  4. February 7, 2012 at 12:04

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