Friday, July 10, 2009

Why Islam & Calling Islam: Ad Campaigns on Islam Supply Anti-Semitic Resources

Since the fall of 2008, a series of advertising campaigns on buses, subways and billboards across the country has directed the general public to anti-Semitic materials under the guise of raising awareness about Islam.

Several of the campaigns have been organized and funded by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), including an advertisement campaign running on 50 municipal buses under the banner "WhyIslam" in the Washington, D.C. area. The advertisement, which began in June 2009 and is scheduled to run through the end of July, includes a Web address that directs visitors to various anti-Semitic materials.

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 advertisements that ran through January 2009 also featured conspiratorial anti-Semitic materials.

These campaigns falsely link anti-Semitism with Islam and belie ICNA and CAIR's efforts to portray themselves as responsible civil rights organizations.

For the full report, see: National Ad Campaign on Islam Supplies Anti-Semitic Resources

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