Islamway.com has come under attack from the Canadian chapter of the B’nai B’rith Jewish organization, better known as the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL generated a story reported in the Ottawa National Post today alleging that Islamway.com website is “used to recruit Islamic terrorists” and “calls on Muslims to train for holy war at paramilitary camps run by mujahedin fighters in Afghanistan.” ........ The story links Islamway.com to the case of Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian living in Montreal, who was arrested on the Canadian border with Washington state carrying explosives. The report states: “Terrorist organizations have been making increasing use of the Internet to further their violent agendas. They use computers to communicate, spread propaganda, fundraise and organize operations. Canada may be becoming a base for such cyber-terrorism because of its technological advancement, refugee policies, diverse immigrant population and weak counter-terrorism laws.”
No representative from Islamway.com or the Islamic Assembly of North America was contacted for comment, and the only quote in the story is from the executive vice-president of the B’nai B’rith organization in Canada, saying “It is a very frightening thought that there is a Web site situated in Canada that is recruiting for people to participate in jihad.”
The entire story is based upon a posting by a private individual on Islamway’s English language discussion board, in the context of an ongoing dialogue between two individuals. There are over 28,000 postings on the discussion board, with more than 34,000 visitors to the page everyday, and over 4,000 active members. Islamway is in no way responsible for the content of postings by private individuals, anymore than CNN.com or Yahoo! are responsible for the postings found on the discussion boards on their sites.
The B’nai B’rith met with Canadian authorities today to take action against Islamway. A reporter from an Ottawa television station conveyed to Islamway staff that the Canadian authorities have dismissed the issue as baseless, and B’nai B’rith has refused any further comment.
We urge all members and supporters of Islamway to forward the included letter to the editor of the National Post, criticizing the paper for its negligent approach to this story; relaying, without any investigation, charges made by the highly subjective B’nai B’rith organization against Islamway, and not seeking any contact or interview with the staff of Islamway itself.
We cannot allow these kinds of attempts to restrict our da’awah and slander our website. Please support Islamway’s effort to correct this situation.
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