Shocking Recipient of CAIR’s ‘Muslim of the Year’ Award

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(Illustration: Clarion Project)
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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is giving its “Muslim of the Year” Award to a woman who CAIR helped fight for the right to be anti-Semitic while working in a public school in America.

The award will go to Bahia Amawi, a Texas speech pathologist who lost her job in a Texas public school because she refused to comply with the state’s anti-BDS legislation.

CAIR brought a lawsuit against the state of Texas saying the anti-BDS law violated Amawi’s First Amendment rights of free speech.

BDS stands for the “boycott, divest and sanction” movement against the country of Israel. According to the definition of anti-Semitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and officially adopted by the U.S. (and 31 other nations), the BDS movement is, at its core, an anti-Semitic movement.

This is fundamentally because the movement “[applies] double standards by requiring of [Israel] a behavior not expected or demanded of by any other democratic nation.” For example, there are at least 100 land disputes around the globe that are not subject to “BDS” movements.

Even a recent UN report lambasted the movement’s role in promoting anti-Semitism. The report was authored by Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed.

In 2017, the state of Texas passed a law that bans the state from hiring contractors that refuse to sign a statement saying they do not support a boycott of Israel – meaning that those who work for the state must not be anti-Semites.

CAIR’s choice for the “Muslim of the Year” award is a stunning statement about the organization: Instead of choosing someone from the Muslim community who has done some kind of extraordinary good in the world, CAIR has chosen as its role model a woman who it is helping fight for her right to hate within her purview as a public school teacher.

CAIR peddles itself as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group.” What this award actually shows is that they are being true to their real raison d’etre, which is not standing up for Muslim civil rights..

CAIR grew out of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a group founded in 1981 by Hamas terror group member Mousa Abu Marzook. Marzook is now a senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip.

U.S. Muslim Brotherhood documents clearly identify the IAP as one of its fronts.

Hamas, the Palestinian terror group is both anti-Israel and intent on perpetrating a genocide on Jews. The BDS movement, which CAIR and Amawi support 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.

In 2007, the U.S. government labeled CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation for its role in financing Hamas. It has stood by that designation to date.

In April 2019, a federal judge ruled in favor of CAIR and Amawi, saying that Texas’ anti-BDS law fails to serve a compelling state interest.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman of Austin then blocked the enforcement of the law, ruling that boycotts are protected speech under the First Amendment.

This means that Amawi will be able to fill her students’ head with hate against Jews if she so chooses – a situation that should not be allowed in any school.



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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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