A mar­riage made in hell

The Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions and the Jewish Voice for Peace find com­mon cause

The Washington Times Daily - - OPINION - By Ziva Dahl Ziva Dahl is a se­nior fel­low with the Haym Salomon Cen­ter.

Do you know that in 2014, the United Arab Emi­rates listed CAIR (Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions) as one of 80 ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing al-Qaeda, ISIS, al-Shabaab and Boko Haram? The UAE isn’t fooled by CAIR’s pos­ture as an Is­lamic civil lib­er­ties ad­vo­cacy group. It cited CAIR for its pro­mo­tion of ex­trem­ism, fi­nanc­ing of ter­ror­ism and links to the Mus­lim Brother­hood. So why has Jewish Voice for Peace, a sup­posed “Jewish hu­man rights or­ga­ni­za­tion,” just ac­cepted the first-ever CAIR “De­fender of Lib­erty” award?

Both CAIR and JVP of­fer sim­i­lar be­nign-sound­ing mis­sion state­ments char­ac­ter­iz­ing them­selves as hu­man rights or­ga­ni­za­tions in an era where hu­man rights is the buzz­word du jour. CAIR pur­ports to speak for the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­can Mus­lims to “pro­mote jus­tice and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing.” JVP claims to act in the name of the Jewish val­ues of hu­man rights and so­cial jus­tice.

But this is all ob­fus­ca­tion to shield their hid­den agen­das. Omar Ah­mad, shortly af­ter meet­ing se­cretly with Hamas lead­ers, founded CAIR in 1994. CAIR’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ni­had Awad then de­clared his sup­port for Hamas. CAIR re­ceived fund­ing from the Holy Land Foun­da­tion, the Amer­i­can arm of Hamas. CAIR re­turned the fa­vor by fundrais­ing for HLF. In the trial where HLF was found guilty of rais­ing mil­lions for Hamas in the U.S., CAIR was named an unin­dicted co-con­spir­a­tor. At least seven CAIR of­fi­cials have had ties with ter­ror­ism.

CAIR tries to white­wash Is­lamic ter­ror­ism and works to dis­rupt coun­tert­er­ror­ism ef­forts. Af­ter San Bernardino, CAIR ped­dled the myth of “work­place vi­o­lence,” at­tempt­ing to debunk the link­age to Is­lam. CAIR por­trays anti-ter­ror­ism per­son­nel as vil­lains who frame in­no­cent Mus­lims and dis­suades Mus­lims from talking to them, say­ing, “snitches get stitches.” For­mer

FBI coun­tert­er­ror­ism chief Steve Pomer­antz said, “CAIR has taken the lead in try­ing to mis­lead the pub­lic about the ter­ror­ist un­der­pin­nings of mil­i­tant Is­lamic move­ments, in par­tic­u­lar, Hamas.”

CAIR buried its ter­ror­ist con­nec­tions and “re­branded” it­self into a me­dia dar­ling with ties to the Obama White House, Congress and uni­ver­si­ties. The im­age makeover was a skill­ful PR coup and is an in­sur­ance pol­icy against in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but some­times the truth resur­faces. Hus­sam Ay­loush, head of CAIR’s Los An­ge­les of­fice, a 2012 Demo­cratic con­ven­tion del­e­gate and White House vis­i­tor, re­cently called for the over­throw of the U.S. gov­ern­ment and den­i­grated Jews as “Zion­azis.” Board mem­ber Lamis Deek la­beled the Oc­to­ber Jerusalem slay­ing of two Is­raelis by a Hamas ter­ror­ist “self-de­fense,” call­ing the mur­derer a “mar­tyr.”

CAIR ac­cuses Is­rael sup­port­ers of pro­mot­ing “a cul­ture of hos­til­ity to­wards Is­lam.” When crit­i­cized for not de­nounc­ing Hamas and Hezbol­lah, CAIR board mem­ber Awad said, “They should con­demn Is­rael…at all times, and we will not con­demn any or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

CAIR works with anti-Zion­ist groups like Jewish Voice for Peace to im­mu­nize them­selves against charges of big­otry against Jews. JVP uses its re­la­tion­ship with CAIR to boost its cred­i­bil­ity in the anti-Is­rael move­ment. It’s a sym­bio­sis of mu­tual tac­tics and goals.

Like CAIR, JVP is an ex­trem­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion mas­querad­ing as hu­man rights ac­tivists. The Anti-Defama­tion League calls it one of the 10 worst Amer­i­can anti-Is­rael or­ga­ni­za­tions. It de­mo­nizes, de­fames and dele­git­imizes Is­rael, la­bel­ing it an “oc­cu­pier,” “apartheid” and “racist,” while em­brac­ing the global boy­cott, di­vest­ment and sanc­tions cam­paign (BDS) which would re­sult in the destruction of the only Jewish home­land in the world.

In its “Nakba Fact Sheet,” JVP char­ac­ter­izes Is­rael’s found­ing as a “catas­tro­phe,” just as the Pales­tini­ans do. JVP posted a Face­book state­ment re­fer­ring to the deadly 2015 Pales­tinian knif­ings of in­no­cent Is­raeli civil­ians as “Pales­tinian pop­u­lar re­sis­tance,” prais­ing “a new gen­er­a­tion of Pales­tini­ans… ris­ing up en-masse against Is­rael’s bru­tal, decades-old regime of oc­cu­pa­tion, set­tler colo­nial­ism and apartheid.”

CAIR at­tempts to shut down the speech of any­one it la­bels anti-Mus­lim. It branded Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Mus­lim women’s rights ad­vo­cate, an “Is­lam­o­phobe,” re­sult­ing in Bran­deis Univer­sity can­celling her 2014 speak­ing in­vi­ta­tion. JVP dis­rupted a New York City Coun­cil meet­ing dis­cussing a Holo­caust com­mem­o­ra­tion and par­tic­i­pated in cam­paigns to “shut down AIPAC.”

Re­spond­ing to the Char­lie Hebdo/kosher butcher store mas­sacre, CAIR ex­ec­u­tive Ay­loush, re­sent­ful about the fo­cus on Mus­lims, re­marked, “You know, you don’t hear about… the thou­sands of Jewish-Amer­i­can kids who join the Is­raeli army killing the peo­ple of Gaza.” JVP’s com­ment was that “Mus­lims are at greatly height­ened risk… in the con­text of per­va­sive, sys­temic and long­stand­ing anti-Is­lam big­otry.”

CAIR has re­fused to di­vulge its own fund­ing sources, con­ceal­ing do­na­tions from over­seas through a series of shell or­ga­ni­za­tions in what could be called a money laun­der­ing op­er­a­tion. JVP is equally se­cre­tive, but, thanks to NGO-Mon­i­tor, a num­ber of their fun­ders have been iden­ti­fied, in­clud­ing the Rock­e­feller Broth­ers Fund. RBF ap­par­ently buys into JVP’s sub­terfuge of hu­man rights ad­vo­cacy, but in re­al­ity, JVPs ac­tiv­i­ties con­tra­dict RBF’s mis­sion to pro­mote a “peace­ful world.” One would think that al­liance of JVP with CAIR would cause RBF con­cern.

The re­la­tion­ship of CAIR and JVP is a witches’ brew, a di­a­bol­i­cal con­coc­tion of anti-Is­rael ha­tred and Is­lamic ter­ror­ist con­nec­tions. Rather than “de­fend­ers of lib­erty,” they are de­fend­ers of the Is­lamic agenda. CAIR and JVP are a match made in hell.


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