The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has its roots in the October 27, 1993 conference at a Marriott Hotel in Philadelphia that was attended by 25 supporters and members of Hamas. The 1993 conference had as its purpose the subversion of the Oslo Accords. Israel had to be destroyed, not accommodated. Among those in attendance was Nihad Awad.
The FBI monitored and recorded the meeting. The evidence derived from the meeting played a key role in the (successful) prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation as a Hamas front group.
CAIR holds itself out as civil rights group, but it is the public relations arm of the jihad waged by the Muslim Brotherhood and its various offshoots in the United States. Awad is now the executive director of CAIR. For additional background on CAIR, see, for example, Daniel Pipes and Sharon Chada’s “CAIR: Islamists fooling the establishment” and Andrew McCarthy’s The Grand Jihad (I’m drawing from chapter 8 for this post).
At the Philadelphia conference, the participants had discussed the adoption of “different but parallel types of address” with the usual Islamist double talk reserved for Americans and others who must be pacified. In Philadelphia Awad explained to his Islamist buddies: “When I speak with the American, I speak with someone who doesn’t know anything. As for the Palestinian with a martyr brother or something, I know how to address him, you see?”
We see. We see it, for example, in Awad’s appearance on Bill O’Reilly’s FNC show earlier this week. Awad explains how Islam really didn’t have anything to do with the Boston bombings.
Awad is really worth listening to in this clip. It is interesting how much President Obama sounds like him on the same subject. Awad’s Islamist public relations spin seems to have become the official doctrine of the Obama administration.