The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has announced that it has launched a new department to address what it calls an alarming rise of Islamophobia in the US. According to the CAIR announcement:
A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization has announced the launch of a department devoted to addressing the alarming rise of Islamophobic sentiment in American society. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) made that announcement at its 16th annual banquet on Saturday in Arlington, Va. Some 900 Muslim community members and activists, interfaith leaders and diplomats attended the sold-out banquet. CAIR said it exceeded its goals for fundraising at the banquet. Almost 300 Muslims from around the nation also attended CAIR’s day-long leadership skills training conference held prior to the banquet. CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad announced the new Islamophobia Department in his address to the evening banquet. Awad said the department will produce an annual Islamophobia report that will track trends in rhetorical attacks on Islam and Muslims and will offer accurate and balanced information to be used in the struggle for tolerance and mutual understanding. Along with an annual Islamophobia report, CAIR’s new department will organize conferences, seminars, cultural exchanges, and other activities and events designed to provide opportunities for education and dialogue. “We have seen a small but vocal group of bigots and hate-mongers manufacture an atmosphere of anti-Islam hysteria through smear campaigns that rely on distortions, misinformation and outright falsehoods,” said Awad. “We have witnessed this un-American phenomenon before in the targeting of Jews, Catholics, African-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Native-Americans, and others. American Muslims are but the latest minority to feel the sting of prejudice and hate.” “It will take joint efforts by people of goodwill of all faiths to challenge this epidemic of hate,” said Awad.
Documents released in the Holy Land Trial have revealed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as identifying the organization itself as being part of the US. Brotherhood. A recent post discussed an interview with the Deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in which he confirms a relationship between his organization and CAIR. Investigative research posted on GMBDW had determined that CAIR had it origins in the U.S. Hamas infrastructure and CAIR and its leaders have a long history of defending almost all individuals accused of terrorism by the US. government, frequently calling such prosecutions a “war on Islam.”
The CAIR announcement follows a statement by one of its spokesman wildly misstating the treatment of Jews in Arab countries.