The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is routinely presented in the mainstream media as a civil rights organization. Its consistent pattern of encouraging Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement is never mentioned. Reporters citing CAIR as a source or authority almost always fail to mention that CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. During that case, a captured internal document of the Muslim Brotherhood was released, naming CAIR’s parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine, as one of its allied groups, and explaining that the mission of Brotherhood groups in the U.S. was “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements. CAIR has opposed every anti-terror measure that has ever been proposed or implemented. Its California chapter distributed the poster above telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI, and its officials have told Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement.
Although it presents itself as a civil rights group, CAIR actually has numerous links to Islamic supremacist and jihad groups. CAIR founders Omar Ahmad and Niwad Awad (who still serves as CAIR’s executive director), were present at a Hamas planning meeting in Philadelphia in 1993 where they and other Hamas operatives conspired to raise funds for Hamas and to promote jihad in the Middle East. CAIR has steadfastly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups.
Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror:
- Ghassan Elashi, founder of CAIR’s Texas chapter, in 2009 received a 65-year prison sentence for funneling over $12 million from the Islamic charity known as the Holy Land Foundation to the jihad terrorist group Hamas, which is responsible for murdering hundreds of Israeli civilians
- Mousa Abu Marzook, a former CAIR official, was in 1995 designated by the U.S. government in 1995 as a “terrorist and Hamas leader.” He now is a Hamas leader in Syria.
- Randall Royer, CAIR’s former civil rights coordinator, in 2004 began serving a 20-year prison sentence for aiding al-Qaida and the Taliban against American troops in Afghanistan and recruiting for Lashkar e-Taiba, the jihadist group responsible for the 2008 Mumbai jihad massacres.
- Bassem Khafagi, CAIR’s former community relations director, was arrested for involvement with the Islamic Assembly of North America, which was linked to al-Qaida. After pleading guilty to visa and bank fraud charges, Khafagi was deported.
- Rabih Haddad, a former CAIR fundraiser, was deported for his work with the Global Relief Foundation (which he co-founded), a terror-financing organization.
In 1998 Omar Ahmad, CAIR’s co-founder and longtime Board Chairman, said: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
After he received unwelcome publicity as a result of this statement, Ahmad denied saying it, several years after the fact. However, the original reporter, Lisa Gardiner of the Fremont Argus, stands by her story.
CAIR’s spokesman Ibrahim Hooper once said: “I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.”
In a U.S. federal terrorism financing case, “The Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (“HLF”) and its leaders were convicted of materially supporting Hamas, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO),” reported Understanding the Threat.
In the Memorandum Opinion Order (07-01-09; citations excluded), the trial level Judge noted:
“The Government also argues that CAIR’s claim is moot because CAIR’s status as a co-conspirator was made a matter of public record at trial through evidence and testimony and thus, striking CAIR’s name from the Trial Brief will not prevent its co-conspirator status from being publicly available and known.
The Government identifies four portions of the record from the first trial that purportedly establish that CAIR was a ‘joint venturer and co-conspirator’:
(1) a Government exhibit showing the objective of the Palestine Committee is to support Hamas;
(2) a Government exhibit showing that CAIR founder Omar Ahmad is part of the Palestine Committee and Mousa Abu Marzook is its head;
(3) a Government exhibit listing CAIR as part of the Palestine Committee; and
(4) the testimony of Special Agent Lara Burns and accompanying exhibits placing the CAIR founder at the 1993 Philadelphia conference and describing the CAIR founder’s mediation of a dispute between HLF and Ashqar over Hamas fundraising.
The four pieces of evidence the government relies on, as discussed below, do create at least a prima facie case as to CAIR’s involvement in a conspiracy to support Hamas.”
The appellate court unsealed the trial level Judge’s Order.
The list is hardly a secret: See the Muslim Brotherhood’s Memorandum for “A list of our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” [p. 18] “This is where the Muslim Brotherhood listed its front groups in the U.S. Note that prominent organizations like CAIR, ISNA, ICNA and others are named here,” reports the Clarion Project.
Prima facie: “A fact presumed to be true unless it is disproved.”
If the United States finally and correctly designates the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, then, by implication, that designation would apply to all of its subsidiaries, including HAMAS-CAIR.
San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson’s instincts are correct.
As has been reported previously at the Geller Report, CAIR is partnering with Muslim Brotherhood groups in the Afghan resettlement process.
However, Anderson also bases his objections on the statements from his constituency which includes Afghan immigrants.
“Anderson previously said the Afghan community in his district doesn’t trust the organization because it has known ties to terrorist organizations. CAIR does not represent all Muslims in America. I have heard from victims in my district who fled their home countries due to persecution and they don’t feel safe working with CAIR,” he said. “I support the many reputable American Muslim residents and organizations in Southern California currently engaged in the resettlement of Afghan evacuees.”
This is further evidence that CAIR does not represent the broader Muslim community in America.
Stand by for CAIR’s mob to start issuing rape threats in response.
San Diego Supervisor Responds to Accusations of Islamophobia Over Terrorism Comments
A San Diego County Supervisor responded to accusations by the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that he made “vile Islamophobic smears” in an attempt to exclude the organization from a local task force to resettle refugees from Afghanistan.
District 2 Supervisor Joel Anderson denied the allegations this week, pointing out he criticized CAIR for having connections with terrorist groups—not all Islamic groups.
“My statements on Tuesday were targeted at one specific organization, CAIR, for its shameful history of radical ties,” Anderson said in a written statement on Oct. 11.
“CAIR does not represent all Muslims in America. I have heard from victims in my district who fled their home countries due to persecution and they don’t feel safe working with CAIR,” he said. “I support the many reputable American Muslim residents and organizations in Southern California currently engaged in the resettlement of Afghan evacuees.”
American veterans support the rescue and resettlement missions for refugees, many who risked their lives to fight against terrorist organizations, including the Taliban “to promote freedom and peace,” Anderson said.
“That’s why I wrote a letter (pdf) to President Biden urging his assistance with evacuations from Afghanistan, and why I wrote the board letter (pdf) requesting the County prepare a welcome for the Afghans expected to resettle in my district,” Anderson said.
Anderson previously said the Afghan community in his district doesn’t trust the organization because it has known ties to terrorist organizations.
“Any organization that has any affiliation with terrorism in the Middle East cannot be part of that group, so CAIR would be excluded. I just want to be absolutely clear about that,” Anderson said at an Oct. 5 Board of Supervisors meeting.
Anderson introduced a board agenda item proposing that the county ask for federal funding to prepare for the arrival of Afghan refugees with a comprehensive response plan.
San Diego County is expected to be a popular resettlement destination because of its existing Afghan American community. Currently, there are more than 2,000 Afghan Americans living in his district, Anderson said.
He suggested the county ask President Joe Biden to spend the $9.5 billion in Afghanistan government assets frozen by the U.S. Treasury Department to help offset the costs of resettling tens of thousands of Afghan refugees headed to the United States in massive airlifts and rescue operations.
Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer from District 3 proposed an amendment to Anderson’s motion to create at task force led by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. Anderson said he would support the amendment if CAIR and any terrorist group connected with the organization were excluded.
CAIR is a polarizing group, especially in the Iranian American community, Anderson said.
“When I divested our public pensions from Iran, I ran into this issue. In that community, either people are 100 percent for it, or 100 percent against it. It’s not helpful,” Anderson said.
“And, if you look at the connections from the Treasury Department list—and I haven’t looked at it recently—we included groups that were affiliated with them, so there is plenty of funding coming from that organization going to Hezbollah. And so, for the Iranian community, this was a super big issue, and in order to get their support I had to make that exclusion, so I’m hypersensitive to it,” he said.
Anderson wanted to make it “absolutely clear that I am not inviting that into my district because I will be in a recall,” he said.
However, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher from District 4 suggested that excluding certain groups from the task force was beyond the scope of the county.
“I understand, but as a county, I don’t think we can get in the business of designating terrorist organizations,” said Fletcher, board chairman.
Though Lawson-Remer said she supported excluding any organizations with links to terrorism, she backed off from the idea when Anderson suggested any groups connected to CAIR should also be excluded from the task force.
“I’m not comfortable with giving that level of discretion to county staff. I think it’s really important that we stick with the Treasury Department’s designations of what are terrorist organizations,” she said.
Lonnie Eldridge, head legal counsel, pointed out the county can “go off of an objective known list,” such as the Treasury Department.
The board passed the motion with amendments to exclude agencies listed by the Treasury Departments as terrorist affiliated organizations with a 4-1 vote.
Anderson dissented because CAIR and its affiliate groups were not specifically excluded from the task force.
CAIR Seeks Reprimand
CAIR issued an Oct. 7 press release criticizing Anderson for his comments.
“We were appalled to hear that supervisor Anderson regurgitated vile Islamophobic smears to target the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization that has a decades-long history of defending the civil and religious rights of all Americans,” said Tazheen Nizam, CAIR San Diego associate executive director.
Anderson “needs to apologize for his false and irresponsible comments and the board needs to issue an official reprimand for his Islamophobic actions,” said Nizam.
The “smears,” she said, will undermine the Afghan refugee resettlement process and could endanger CAIR staff. She also cited attacks on a synagogue and mosque in San Diego County, stating these attacks “are often the result of ignorance, hatred and demonizing rhetoric such as that advanced by Supervisor Anderson.”
In 2009, U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis ruled (pdf) “the government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas.”
Influence Watch reports that in 1994, a year before the U.S. listed Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization, two individuals working for a Hamas offshoot, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), founded CAIR to promote the Hamas agenda in America and is a known front for the Muslim Brotherhood.
According to an article published in the Jerusalem Post in 2019, “CAIR has a long history of affiliation with Hamas and Hezbollah. It was reportedly a co-conspirator in the largest terrorist financing case in US history, which went unindicted.”
In 2014, the National Review published an article asking, “Is CAIR a Terror Group?” with the subhead, “A prominent Arab government thinks so,” referring to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The article stated that on Nov. 15, 2014, the UAE’s ministerial cabinet listed CAIR “as one of 83 proscribed terrorist organizations, up there with the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and ISIS.”