In a personal interview with the film’s producer, Raphael Shore, he said that he regretted that the film has been removed from the counter-terrorism unit in NYC. Shore also said:
Claims that The Third Jihad is an anti-Islam film are ignorant and misinformed. These claims are meant simply to defame the filmmakers and prevent the public from judging the film for themselves. 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. 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.
First, we are only talking about a mere 1,400-1500 NYC police officers who specialize in anti-terrorism who were exposed to the film. Why shouldn’t those entrusted with our safety see this film? Why is the NYT conducting a veritable witch-hunt against it and against the religious Muslim who narrates the film, none other than Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a former American Navy officer, a physician, and the founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy? Dr. Jasser is a past president of the Arizona Medical Association and has been active in interfaith work. Why silence or “slime” Dr. Jasser’s free speech, which is protected by the First Amendment?
Dr. Jasser is a religious Muslim who is an anti-Islamist; a religious Muslim who wishes to protect his religion from the Wahabis, Salafis, and Islamist jihadists who are trying to hijack it right back to the 7thcentury. The Muslim Brotherhood is part of this effort and they, in their writings, speeches, and demonstrations, call for a global caliphate and for a “jihad for Allah.”
There are other Muslims like Dr. Jasser — alas, few Western organizations, including our politicians and our armed forces, rely upon them. You may read their words in a very important book edited by Dr. Zeyno Baran titled The Other Muslims: Moderate and Secular. It is a book that I absolutely could not get the mainstream media to review. Dr. Jasser has an article in it, as do nine others whose names and work most people know nothing about and who live in the United States, France, Holland, Britain, Italy, Lebanon, and Turkey. These anti-Islamist Muslims are both religious and secular. They were born and grew up in Italy (converted to Islam), Jordan (Yunis Qandil), Morocco (Mostafa Hilali, Fouad Laroui), Tunisia (Samia Labidi), Turkey (Zeyno Baran, Cosh Omar), and the United States (M. Zuhdi Jasser, born here to Syrian immigrants).
Is the film The Third Jihad really biased against Muslims? Allow me to suggest that it is not. Here is how the film begins. We see the following words in large print and they remain onscreen for awhile:
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 footage is of real Islamist Muslim terrorist attacks: the 2004 Islamist massacre of schoolchildren in Beslan; the 2004 Islamist terrorist attacks in Madrid; the 2005 Islamist terrorist attacks in Kenya and in London; the 2008 Islamist terrorist attack in Mumbai; and of course, the 1993 Islamist terrorist attempt to blow up the World Trade Center and the Islamist terrorist attack in NYC on 9/11.
These are real terrorist events conducted by real Muslim Islamists.