CAIR is the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). It holds itself out as a civil rights group. Yesterday it held a panel discussion on “Islamophobia” at the National Press Conference. At the event, CAIR chairman Parvez Ahmed denounced the Bush administration as a fount of “Islamophobia.” Audrey Hudson and Sara Carter report on Ahmed’s comments in today’s Washington Times.
By apearing on the panel with Ahmed, in my view, David Keene unfortunately dignified CAIR by treating it as the civil rights organization it pretends to be (even if he only appeared to express his disagreement with the theme of the event). For those with eyes to see, the mask has long since fallen from CAIR. Even such stalwart Democrats as Senators Dick Durbin and Charles Schumer have come to recognize CAIR’s “association with groups that are suspect,” its “ties to terrorism” and its “intimate links with Hamas.” Most recently, Aaron Mannes elaborated on CAIR’s Hamas connection in “CAIR and Hamas: Implications and an illustration.”
In fact, in the words of Anti-CAIR, since its founding in 1994, CAIR, its employees and its officials have worked with third parties including the Islamic Association for Palestine, the Holy Land Foundation, and the Global Relief Foundation to provide material support to known terrorist organizations, to advance the Hamas agenda and to propagate radical Islam. See generally “CAIR: Islamists fooling the establishment” by Daniel Pipes and Sharon Chadha and “CAIR backs down from Anti-CAIR” by Daniel Pipes.
Is CAIR still fooling the establishment? For a while after 9/11, it certainly did so. The subsequent convictions of CAIR officials and employees for terror-related activities have made it increasingly difficult for CAIR to continue its charade with the same high level of success.
Nihad Awad is the executive director of CAIR (and a key friend of Keith Ellison). Meet Nihad Awad:
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