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CAIR’s duplicitous ways
Question of the Day
Since both terrorist groups have repeatedly murdered innocent civilians inside the pre-1967 borders of Israel, the only possible justification Mr. Ahmed could have for not taking issue with Hamas‘ and Hezbollah’s propaganda is that he, too, considers all of the Jewish state to be “occupied territory.”
Refusing to recognize the right of the Jewish state to exist is in keeping with the group’s roots. Founded in 1994, CAIR was spun off from the Islamic Association of Palestine. Whereas IAP was widely seen as a Hamas front, CAIR was designed to be a kinder and gentler “civil rights” organization. It was a smart move. A federal civil-court judge in 2005 found CAIR’s founding organization liable for providing material support to Hamas on the basis of “strong evidence that IAP was supporting Hamas.”
Spokesman Ibrahim Hooper did not return a call seeking comment, but CAIR undoubtedly would point to the video clip on its Web site in which its Chicago director, a Mr. Rehab, in a local TV interview, said, “Islam wholeheartedly condemns this type of behavior.”
While admirable, it is not the same as the group actually condemning Britain’s Islamic terrorists. Considering that CAIR put out roughly 20 press releases in the week following the terror incidents, including several “condemnations” of non-terrorists, it is hard to give the group of the benefit of the doubt.
CAIR’s history makes it simply impossible.
Joel Mowbray occasionally writes for The Washington Times.
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