The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is co-sponsoring a protest outside the White House today, September 15, 2020, opposing the peace deal being signed inside the building between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel.
The U.S. brokered the historic pact which includes full normalization of relations between the two countries. Bahrain quickly followed, announcing its own peace deal with Israel just one month later.
CAIR, along with the Palestinian leadership, is opposed to such moves toward world peace until a deal is made between Israel and the Palestinians, however the Palestinians have walked away from every peace deal offered to them, no matter how generous. Previous offers have included statehood in almost all of the disputed territories (what is referred to as the West Bank) and Gaza with Jerusalem as the capital.
CAIR describes itself as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group,” but in 2007, the U.S. government labeled CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation for financing the Hamas terrorist group.
In November 2014, CAIR was designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates along with a host of other Muslim Brotherhood-linked front groups in the U.S.
CAIR was also 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 a telling move, the Arab League declined to pass a resolution last week put forth by the Palestinian Authority to condemn the peace deal.
In response to the peace deal, as reported by MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute), Palestinian leaders derided the UAE, calling the pact “disgraceful” and warned other Arab countries not to follow. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Mu’in Hamed, leader of the Al-Sa’iqa organization (a Palestine Liberation Organization faction) called the Gulf states “illiterate” and said that the Palestinians were far more educated and didn’t need anyone’s help.
MEMRI further reported,
The Palestinian leadership’s statements provoked much criticism on social media and in the Arab press, especially in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt. Daily newspapers in these three countries have published dozens of articles since the normalization agreement was announced expressing support for the UAE’s decision and condemning the Palestinians, especially their “ungrateful” leadership.
The writers claimed that this leadership has exploited the Palestinian cause for seven decades to extort more and more funds from the Gulf states. Some even accused Palestinian officials of taking the money for themselves and of deliberately rejecting every peace initiative in order to perpetuate the situation and remain in power.
They further claimed that since the world and the global balance of power have changed, slogans like “Palestine from the River to the Sea” are no longer relevant, and also that the Arab countries are entitled to prioritize their own interests.