The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, has issued a press release reporting that it was part of an interfaith delegation that me with with representatives from California Senator Barbara Boxer’s office to discuss Israeli actions in Gaza. According the CAIR press release:
Southern California Muslim and interfaith leaders met Wednesday with representatives from Senator Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) office to express their concerns about Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip and the resulting humanitarian crisis. Those joining the meeting were: Sharaf Mowjood, Government Relations Coordinator of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area; Salam Al-Marayati, Executive Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council; Rabbi Allan Freehling, Executive Director of the L.A. City Human Relations Commission; Rabbi Steven Jacobs, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Kol Tikvah; Rev. Peter Laarman, Executive Director of Progressive Christians Uniting; and Rev. Darrel Meyers, Friends of Sabeel.
The Muslim Public Affair Council (MAPC) is also part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
The press release also reported the remarks of Rabbi Freehling who said he:
… stands with the Muslim American community in their grave concern over the profound suffering of too many Palestinians and Israelis. He reminded the senator of their long-standing relationship, and urged her to remain steadfast in pursuing peace in the region despite the pressure she must be facing from special interest groups.
CAIR had its origins in the U.S. Hamas infrastructure and has, throughout the life of the organization, been associated with fundamentalism, anti-Semitism, and support for terrorism. Muslim Brotherhood organizations throughout the world frequently engaged in interfaith activities as part of their efforts to gain legitimacy.