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CAIR: Defending the Right to Be Anti-Semitic

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CAIR founder and executive director Nihad Awad speaks against then-candidate-for-President Trump (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
CAIR founder and executive director Nihad Awad speaks against then-candidate-for-President Trump (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is openly advocating for the government’s right to be anti-Semitic. Here’s how:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued an “action alert” to voice its opposition to the newly proposed “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019” in Congress.

The act directs Department of Education to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism, which has been officially adopted by the U.S. and 31 other nations, including the UK, Germany and other European nations.

The definition addresses traditional and current forms of anti-Semitism, specifically labeling as anti-Semitism anything that “[applies] double standards by requiring of [Israel] a behavior not expected or demanded of by any other democratic nation [in the world].”

Accordingly, the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement is by definition anti-Semitic. For example, there are at least 100 land disputes across the globe that are not subject to “BDS” movements.

CAIR’s leaders are heavily invested in supporting the BDS movement, particularly across college campuses in the U.S. The BDS movement aims to strangle the Jewish state economically while at the same time calls for the flooding of Palestinians into Israel to destroy the Jewish character of the state.

While the BDS movement purports to be about Palestinian rights, voices in support of BDS have been deafeningly silent about the horrific abuse of Palestinians who moved decades ago to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon during the Arab states’ war with Israel in 1948.

On a state level, CAIR has been busy bringing law suits against individual states who have passed anti-BDS legislation.

In their current lawsuits against the state of Texas and Arkansas, CAIR has brought the new argument that anti-BDS legislation infringes on their First Amendment right to free speech, essentially saying that legislation against anti-Semitism infringes on their right to be anti-Semites.

However, while it is every individual’s right in the U.S. to hold and express opinions no matter how despicable they are (as long they do not lead to immediate violence), it is not the Constitutional right of the government to act in a way that discriminates based on religion, as specified by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

CAIR is worried that if the U.S. Department of Education adopts this accepted definition of anti-Semitism, it will crimp their style along with other Islamists on college campuses (among other areas of influence) to incite hatred of Israel. As CAIR says, “[The legislation] would dangerously politicize anti-Semitism by equating it with legitimate criticism of Israeli policy.”

This is the canard that CAIR and other Islamists consistently pull out when confronted with their own anti-Semitic statements. For example, after tweeting classic anti-Semitic tropes (that rich Jews control politicians with their money; that Jews have dual loyalty to the U.S. and Israel), newly elected Congresswoman Ilhan Omar lashed out her detractors, claiming that they were trying to prevent her (and other like her) from have a legitimate discussion about America’s policy  toward Israel.

CAIR is listed by the U.S. government among “individuals/entities who are/were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and/or its organizations.” The Palestine Committee was a secret body set up to advance the Brotherhood/Hamas agenda in the U.S.

In 1993, the committee organized a secret meeting in Philadelphia that was wiretapped by the FBI where participants, including CAIR’s executive director Nihad Awad, discussed how to support the terror group Hamas. The committee decided there was a need to create a new, “neutral” entity for influencing U.S. policy and opinion since “it is known who we are.”

Awad co-founded CAIR the next year. It has since been designated (in 2014) as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates along with a host of other Muslim Brotherhood entities.

In 2007, the U.S. government labeled CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation for financing Hamas, which the U.S. designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 1997. The Holy Land trial was the largest case of terror financing in the history of the U.S.

 

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org