The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has announced that it is sharing its security guidelines with the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), a UK umbrella group close to the UK Muslim Brotherhood. According to a CAIR press release:
PR Newswire May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today it has shared its recently-published security guidelines, ‘Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,’ with the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) after a number of incidents targeting that nation’s mosques.
MCB said the guidelines would help to review its own advisory, circulated to all affiliates immediately after the recent killing of a soldier in London. That attack was strongly condemned by CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and by British Muslim organizations.
CAIR’s announcement came following a statement yesterday calling on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism targeting a Georgia mosque as a hate crime.
We hope CAIR’s new safety guidelines will help community leaders boost security at mosques in the United Kingdom during this time of crisis,’ said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. ‘While conditions may differ between our two nations, many of CAIR’s safety recommendations may be applied in any situation.’
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The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group and as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group.” CAIR was founded in 1994 by three officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine, part of the U.S. Hamas infrastructure at that time. Documents discovered in the course of the the terrorism trial of the Holy Land Foundation confirmed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood and that CAIR itself is part of the US. Muslim Brotherhood. In 2008, the then Deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood acknowledged a relationship between the Egyptian Brotherhood and CAIR. In 2009, a US federal judge ruled “The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas.” CAIR and its leaders have had a long history of defending individuals accused of terrorism by the US. government, often labeling such prosecutions a “war on Islam”, and have also been associated with Islamic fundamentalism and antisemitism. The organization is led by Nihad Awad, its longstanding Executive Director and one of the three original founders.