We Condemn NYPD's Use of Anti-Muslim Propaganda

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JEWS AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA
CONDEMNS THE NYPD’S USE OF THE THIRD JIHAD PROPAGANDA FILM

As members of Jews Against Islamophobia, we are outraged to learn that the NYPD has shown the rabidly anti-Muslim film, The Third Jihad, to nearly 1,500 police officers during their training. We were outraged to learn in early 2011 that the NYPD had shown the film to what was then characterized as a small number of police officers, “a couple of times.” We are even more outraged to now learn from files obtained by NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice and reported in the New York Times today that the film ran for months on a continuous loop “during the sign-in, medical and administrative orientation process” for the NYPD.  As a result, police officers “from lieutenants to detectives to patrol officers” were shown Islamophobic propaganda depicting Muslims attempting to “infiltrate and dominate America” through bombing, deception, and other violent means. The inclusion of an interview with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, “a featured interviewee,” certainly has indicated to police officers and other NYPD personnel that the NYPD endorsed the film’s hateful and distorted message.

We wish we could say that we are shocked by the behavior of the NYPD in showing this video, but we have already seen the NYPD’s resistance to releasing information about both its stop-and-frisk approach to policing the city’s Black and Latino communities and its covert surveillance of Muslim neighborhoods.  We view the revelations about The Third Jihad not as an aberration, but as one more attack by the NYPD on the civil liberties of targeted New York communities and, more recently, of the Occupy Movement.

We call for the resignation of Police Commissioner Kelly, who has both allowed such policies and actions to occur under his watch and has not taken any steps to disassociate himself from The Third Jihad.  We call on the NYPD to stop contributing to a climate of suspicion of Muslims and other targeted communities whose lives and liberties are put in danger when any person, but especially someone in law enforcement, views them as grave threats. We also call on the NYPD to provide mandatory training for all of its officers — not just those exposed to The Third Jihad — that presents an accurate view of Islam and Muslims and helps ensure that Muslims and members of all NYC communities receive fair and respectful treatment by the NYPD.

Jews Against Islamophobia
JAI is a coalition of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), and Jews Say No!

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UPDATE:

PRESS CONFERENCE, THURSDAY, JANUARY 26TH, 11:00 AM, STEPS OF CITY HALL
Muslim Civil Liberties Coalition Calls for Resignation of Police Commissioner Kelly
Demands City Council Institute Community Control & Oversight Mechanism Over the NYPD