Major IPT Report: CAIR Backs Islamist Meetings, Denigrates Muslim Moderates
The Investigative Project’s mammoth report on the true agenda of the Council on American Islamic Relations continues, with the eighth installment: CAIR Has Backed Islamist Meetings, Denigrated Muslim Moderates.
* CAIR sponsored a 1994 U.S. tour by Jordanian Islamist leader Bassam Alamoush, CAIR News reporting that the group had coordinated a series of meetings for him with U.S. government officials.
During that U.S. tour, Alamoush called the killing of a Jew “a good deed.” In a speech at a MAYA conference in Chicago, he told his audience, “Somebody approached me at the mosque [in Amman] and asked me, ‘if I see a Jew in the street, should I kill him?’” He paused, then answered the question: “Don’t ask me. After you kill him, come and tell me. What do you want from me, a fatwa [legal ruling]? Really, a good deed does not require one.”
* In 2002, CAIR-Austin scheduled a picnic featuring entertainment by Al Nojoum, a rabidly anti-Semitic band linked to Hamas.
According to the indictment in the HLF case, skits and songs performed by Al-Sakhra — Al Nojoum’s previous name — “advocated the destruction of the State of Israel and glorified the killing of Jewish people.”
While helping to provide a forum for the radicals, CAIR has sought to squelch moderate voices.
* Speaking at a State Department event in 1999, Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani , chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, condemned radical Islamists and charged that extremists dominated the leadership of more than 80 percent of U.S. mosques.
CAIR co-sponsored a statement that charged Kabbani had “put the entire American Muslim community under unjustified suspicion” with comments that “can jeopardize the safety and well-being of our community and hurt America itself by damaging its values of inclusiveness, fairness, and liberty.”
* In 2001, CAIR went on the offensive against journalist and author Khalid Duran.
Duran was about to release a book, Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Islam for Jews, being published by the American Jewish Committee with the expressed goal of enhancing “understanding and mutual respect between Muslims and Jews.”
CAIR issued a press release that quoted Omar Ahmad as saying, “Any effort to deepen mutual respect between faiths must, at a minimum, avoid the kind of conspiracy theories that are Duran’s stock-in-trade. A sincere attempt to build bridges of understanding would not focus on ‘hot-button’ issues that have so often been used to stereotype Islam and Muslims.”
Executive Director Awad derided Duran as “an author who has little credibility in the Muslim community.”
Shortly afterward, Sheik Abdel Moneim Abu Zant, a radical Muslim cleric in Jordan, declared Duran an apostate and called on U.S. Muslims to “unify against him,” then became more specific and declared it lawful (halal) to shed his blood. Duran later accused CAIR of provoking such threats, saying its attack had led the sheik to “issue an appeal to Muslims, asking them to unite to kill me.”
The accompanying PDF file for this article goes into greater detail.
Previous LGF posts on the IPT CAIR exposé:
Major New IPT Report: CAIR Exposed
CAIR Officials Convicted of Crimes
CAIR’s Ties With Hamas
CAIR Questioned Al Qaeda’s Role in 9/11
CAIR Portrays ‘War on Terrorism’ As Malicious ‘War on Islam’
CAIR Seeks To Define Away Threat Posed by Radical Islamists