An International campaign in the US to clarify the tarnished image of Islam and thousands of signatures collected against the Israeli war crimes in Gaza
Dr. Ibrahim Negm, Advisor to the Grand Mufti of Egypt, launched an international campaign to correct negative views of Islam and Muslims in the USA where many Americans associate Islam with terrorism and extremism. During the event which took place yesterday in New York, more than ten thousand signatures were collected from the Muslim community in New York to send to the White House and Congress, objecting to the war crimes carried out against children and civilians in Gaza.
In a statement, Dr. Negm said that the campaign aims to improve Americans’ understanding of Islam and Muslims, correct wrong concepts and negative stereotypes about Islam through the promotion of the values of fraternity, mercy, tolerance, and put focus on religious and human commonalities.
Dr. Negm announced plans to hold several workshops for media and public relations specialists and Muslim and non-Muslim civil community leaders in New York to discuss the best means to improve the image of Islam and Muslims in the USA and to deal with Islamophobia. He also plans to launch practical and well-studied initiatives for the matter in question.
This campaign came as a result to an online poll conducted recently by the Islamic Center in Long Island and about 2152 people participated in this poll. The result shows that 50% relates Islam to terrorism and about 69% believe that Islam supports the oppression on women.