White House Ends Partnership With Council On American-Islamic Relations
In a rare win coming from Joe Biden's administration, a correct decision has been made.
The White House is ending its work with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The work that CAIR was doing with America's government involved working with other stakeholders to craft a national antisemitism strategy.
There's an obvious problem with that, namely the fact that at least one of CAIR's top representatives has extremely bigoted views regarding Jewish people.
He even went so far as to say that he was "happy" to witness Hamas' terror attacks against Israel on Oct. 7.
The man's name is Nihad Awad, and he's one of the co-founders of CAIR. He's also the National Executive Director of the group.
On Nov. 24, Nihad Awad was speaking at the 16th Annual Convention for Palestine in Chicago when he made a very controversial statement.
"The people of Gaza only decided to break the siege — the walls of the concentration camp — on Oct. 7," Awad said. "And yes, I was happy to see people breaking the siege and throwing down the shackles of their own land and walk free into their land that they were not allowed to walk in." He went on:
And yes, the people of Gaza have the right to self-defense — have the right to defend themselves. And yes, Israel as an occupying power does not have that right to self-defense.
CAIR had been asked by the White House back on May 25 to "launch a tour to educate religious communities about steps they can take to protect their houses of worship from hate incidents, such as instituting appropriate security measures, developing strong relationships with other faith communities, and maintaining open lines of communication with local law enforcement."
However, it turns out that CAIR was too extreme even for America's extremely liberal federal government.
"We condemn these shocking, antisemitic statements in the strongest terms," White House deputy press secretary told the press after it was announced that the administration would no longer be working with CAIR.
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