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Group Raises Concern Over al-Qaeda Film at 9/11 Museum

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Museum officials are standing by a controversial short film that will debut at the 9/11 Museum.

The work entitled "The Rise of al-Qaida" will be part of an exhibit.

The New York Disaster Interfaith Service Federation however is expressing concern because the film uses terms including 'Islamist' and 'jihadist' without sufficient explanation.

They also use accented English soundbites for translations in some parts of the film.

In a letter to the museum, they say, "The video may very well leave viewers with the impression that all Muslims bear some collective guilt or responsibility for the actions of al-Qaeda, or even misinterpret its content to justify bigotry or even violence toward Muslims or those perceived to be Muslim."

In response, the museum released a statement saying, "This brief film, within the context of surrounding exhibits, focuses on the roots of al-Qaeda with the express purpose of helping visitors understand who perpetrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It does not purport to be a film about Islam or in any way generalize that Muslims are terrorists."

The museum is scheduled to open on May 31st.

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