Houston Mayor Flunks Homework; Proclaims CAIR Day

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner talks to the press ahead of Hurricane Harvey in September 2017 (Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner talks to the press ahead of Hurricane Harvey in September 2017 (Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed yesterday, December 9, 2018, “CAIR-TEXAS, Houston Day.” The day coincided with CAIR-Houston’s 17th annual banquet.

CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is an organization identified by the Justice Department as an “entity” of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose end-goal is to see sharia governance over the whole world, including the United States. CAIR has also been linked to pro-Hamas operations in the U.S.

Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood’s branch in Gaza, was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. in 1997.

CAIR itself was designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates in 2014. Although it calls itself a “Muslim civil rights organization,” CAIR was listed in 2007 by the FBI as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing trial in American history.

A 2007 court filing by federal prosecutors notes how two of CAIR’s founders were wiretapped at a secret Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas meeting in Philadelphia in 1993. At the meeting, they participated in a robust discussion of how to use deception to influence American public opinion in a direction favorable to the Islamist cause. The court filing states:

From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists … the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.

The FBI subsequently severed official contacts with CAIR, saying it “does not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner.”

On July 1, 2009, U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis upheld  CAIR’s designation as an unindicted co-conspirator because of “ample evidence” linking it to Hamas.

CAIR grew out of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a group founded in 1981 by Hamas member Mousa Abu Marzook, who is now a senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip. U.S. Muslim Brotherhood documents clearly identify the IAP as one of its fronts.

One 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memorandum says it is engaged in a “Civilization-Jihadist Process,” stating:

“The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

In 1993, the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Palestine Committee organized a secret meeting in Philadelphia that was wiretapped by the FBI. The participants, which included two IAP officials, Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad, discussed how to support Hamas and, in the words of Judge Solis’s ruling, “goals, strategies and American perceptions of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The need to create a new “neutral” entity for influencing U.S. policy and opinion was agreed upon because “it is known who we are.” CAIR was formed by Awad and Ahmad the next year.

Awad remain’s CAIR’s executive director today.

You can read more about CAIR’s background here and so could have Mayor Turner. Shame on Turner for not doing his homework.

Instead, his proclamation extended his “best wishes for continued success” for CAIR and lauded CAIR for its mission “to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.”

Turner also wrote of CAIR: “As a leading voice for Houston’s Muslim community, it strives to maintain the highest ethical standards in all of our endeavors.”


Was Turner’s proclamation made out of ignorance or something more nefarious? That is a question for Turner himself.

We urge all our readers in Texas to send this article to Houston ‘s Mayor Turner at [email protected]



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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org