Producers Respond to Anti-Islam Claims
Sun, January 29, 2012
- Film narrated by devout American Muslim;
- Features top national security experts;
- Received praise from leading policy makers
The producers of The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America have a direct response to media outlets that have referred to the critically acclaimed documentary as an "anti-Islam" or "hateful" film.
"Claims that The Third Jihad is an anti-Islam film are ignorant and misinformed," says Raphael Shore, Producer of The Third Jihad. "These claims are meant simply to defame the filmmakers and prevent the public from judging the film for themselves."
The film opens with the following frame in bold letters for all viewers to read: "This is not a film about Islam. It is about the threat of radical Islam. Only a small percentage of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims are radical."
The film's message urges the Muslim community to look within itself to root out the indoctrination that affects a minority of Muslims.
"The New York Times and other media outlets are conveniently choosing to overlook the fact that the film isolates a small sector of the Muslim community, and more importantly, that the film is narrated by Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, the founder and president of the American-Islamic Forum for Democracy," Shore added.
Dr. Jasser is a devout Muslim and a full-time physician who has served the United States of America admirably as medical officer in the US Navy and as an attending physician to the US Congress.
The documentary is founded on credible evidence presented by the FBI of a "Manifesto" published by radicals calling for the implementation of extremist ideology -- both violent and political -- within the United States.
Yet the media are blasting the film's usage by the New York Police Department in their counterterrorism training.
"There is a very good reason the NYPD selected to show The Third Jihad to nearly 1,500 police officers, and other law enforcement agencies have done the same," Shore said. "The film deals with the very real process of radicalization and indoctrination of anti-American ideology taking place in some sectors of the Muslim community today."
While many media outlets are presently taking a noticeably negative stance - before even watching the film - the film has been spotlighted in over 100 interviews since its release in 2009.
The film's narrator, Zuhdi Jasser, has consistently appeared in mainstream media outlets including MSNBC, CNN and Fox News, and has published Op-Eds in numerous mainstream publications including the Wall Street Journal to point out concerning trends within the Muslim community.
Jasser is not the only credible expert to appear in The Third Jihad, nor is NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
The film's producers conducted exclusive interviews with:
- Former Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge,
- Former Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey
- Former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
- Former Associate Director of the FBI
- Former FBI Asst. Dir. of Public Affairs John Miller
- Senator Joseph Lieberman
- Professor Bernard Lewis
- New York Times Best-selling Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali
- Former CIA Officer Clare Lopez
- Former CIA Officer Wayne Simmons
- New York Times Best-selling Author Mark Steyn
- And more (http://tinyurl.com/about3J)
Since its release in 2009, The Third Jihad has screened and continues to be screened at several hundred locations across the United States including at the Library of Congress, Museum of Tolerance, Directors' Screen Guild and the National Press Club.
The film previously aired on cable television's AmericanLife TV Network and is currently available on Netflix and Amazon OnDemand. The film has also received notable praise from some of the nation's leading policy makers.
"It is imperative that The Third Jihad reaches a mass audience in the U.S. so that the urgency of this threat becomes clear to the American public," declared US Rep. Ros-Lehtinen (FL), Chairwoman of the House Foreign Relations Committee.
Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (AZ) said, "The Third Jihad alerts Americans to the dangers of Islamic radicalization in our own communities. Zuhdi Jasser is sounding the alarm before it is too late."
Rudy Giuliani called the film, "A wake up call for America."
"Those that have blasted the film are attempting to stifle an important debate about the internal state of the Muslim community in America, and whether politicized Islam and indoctrination pose tangible security threats," Shore added.
"We hope that the general public will consider the sensitive content in the film and will not simply accept the baseless innuendos being made in the media. We invite the general public to watch and judge the documentary for themselves."
The Third Jihad is now available for free viewing online at http://www.thethirdjihad.com.