The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) to cooperate in fields of common interest. According to the IESCO announcement:
The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The MoU was signed by Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, ISESCO Director General, and Dr Nihad Awad, CAIR Executive Director. The MoU stipulates that ISESCO and CAIR cooperate in fields of common interest, including dialogue among cultures and civilizations, as well as between Muslims and non-Muslims in the West; countering Islamophobia and all sorts of religious discrimination; increasing the capacities of Muslim young leaders; developing an information strategy to disseminate the principles of Islam, its culture and civilization and redress the image of Islam and Muslims in textbooks; and establishing communication chairs in universities to redress stereotypes about Islam.
The MoU was signed at the opening session of the First Forum of the Heads of Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations outside the Islamic World, which opened its proceedings today morning at ISESCO Headquarters.
A UN website describes ISESCO as follows:
The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) was established by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in May 1979. ISESCO is one of the largest international Islamic organizations and specializes in the fields of education, science, and culture. Its headquarters are in Rabat, Morocco. Its objectives include strengthening and promoting and consolidating cooperation among OIC Member States in the fields of education, science, culture and communication; developing applied sciences and use of advanced technology within the framework of Islamic values and ideals; consolidating understanding among Muslim peoples; and contributing to the achievement of world peace and security, particularly through education, science, culture and communication.
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.”