Robert Jackson, the sole Muslim New York City Council member, said he had seen parts of The Third Jihad. When asked, as a Muslim believer, if he found the film offensive, he replied that he did not.
“This [film] is focusing on those extremists Muslims that are trying to do negative damage wherever it leads them. So, obviously, in my opinion, I don’t support this extreme situation where anyone is going to be killed trying to be spread [Islam] throughout the entire world,” he said. “It was [narrated] by someone who is a Muslim himself. I initially thought from reading about it that it cast a negative image on all Muslims throughout the world. In my opinion it does not. It focuses on the extreme Muslims that are trying to hurt other people.”
When asked if he thought it was appropriate for the film to be screened for New York City Police officers, Jackson said, “I am not going to pass judgment on that.”
However, he added. “The most important thing for me is the safety and security of the people I represent,“ he added.
Jackson did, however, defend NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who agreed to be interviewed for the film. “There is a press conference right now on the steps of City Hall calling for the resignation of Ray Kelly,” Mr. Jackson said. “I am not at the press conference.”