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National Ad Campaign on Islam Supplies Anti-Semitic Resources RULE Introduction

Posted: July 17, 2009


Introduction
WhyIslam
Calling Islam
Anti-Semitic and Extremist Links

Updated: June 17, 2010

 

The problematic links on WhyIslam's Web site remained online until at least December 2009. For more information on the history of extremist links on WhyIslam's Web site, click here.  

 

A national campaign intended to educate the general public about Islam through a series of advertisements on buses, subways and billboards is tainted by the fact that a Web site related to the campaign links to sites that contain anti-Semitic materials.

 

The campaign, organized and funded by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) under the banner "WhyIslam," includes advertising featured on 50 municipal buses in the Washington, D.C. area.  The advertisements, which began in June 2009 and are scheduled to run through the end of July, direct the public to the "WhyIslam" campaign Web site to learn more about Islam.

 

On the site, "WhyIslam" describes itself as an effort to educate the public, to clarify misconceptions about Islam and calls for interfaith dialogue.  But under "resources on Islam," the "WhyIslam" provides links to external sites that promote anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel.

 

ICNA's "WhyIslam" advertisements have also appeared on buses, subways and billboards in Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Tampa.

 

A similar campaign, "Calling Islam," was organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in South Florida in November 2008. CAIR purchased 50 advertisements on buses in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

 

The Web site associated with the CAIR advertisements, which ran through January 2009, also directs visitors to anti-Semitic materials on its own site, as well as links to external sites that promote conspiratorial anti-Semitism.

 

These campaigns belie ICNA and CAIR's efforts to portray themselves as responsible civil rights organizations. 




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Islamic Circle of North America

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Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi

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