Zuhdi Jasser

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Appearing as a key witness supporting Rep. Peter King’s anti-Muslim hearings in March 2011, Jasser criticized Muslim organizations for informing communities of the fundamental constitutional right to have counsel present during interactions with law enforcement.
Zuhdi Jasser is the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and currently serves as a Commissioner on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

In 2008, Jasser narrated The Third Jihad, a bigoted film produced by the Clarion Project. It depicted Muslims as inherently violent and desirous of world domination. As narrator, Jasser said, “A strategy to infiltrate and dominate America…this is the true agenda of much of Islam in America.”

Following the revelation that the film was shown as part of training at the New York Police Department, then Police Commissioner Ray Kelly called the film “wacky” and “objectionable.” Former NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Brown said, “[The Third Jihad] was reviewed and found to be inappropriate.”

In the same year, Jasser also received the “defender of the home front” award from the Center for Security Policy, an anti-Muslim organization. Jasser plays into the Islamophobia industry narrative that the Muslim American community, its institutions and establishments are the problem. For example, he said, “The U.S. has a significant problem with Muslim radicalization. You know listen, I’m Muslim and I realize its my problem and I need to fix it and that’s what I do.” He has also advocated for the surveillance of Muslim communities.

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