CHARLOTTE, NC: Thank goodness somebody is paying attention. Remember how the world drooled with the prospects of peace in February when Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar signed the milestone “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together“?
Somehow that must not count when it comes to other religions, particularly Judaism. According to the Clarion Project, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) “is openly advocating for the (U.S,) government’s right to be anti-Semitic.”
Call it comparing “apples with oranges” if you like. Nonetheless, it all boils down to the same old basic problem: Islam demands to be in control.
For all of its public image and pontificating about their Rodney King “Can’t we all just get along” philosophy, does no one recall that CAIR is, per our own government, among:
“individuals/entities who are/were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and/or its organizations”?
Do we not remember the FBI wiretaps in Philadelphia in 1993 when now executive director Nihad Awad of CAIR (which did not exist at the time) held a secret meeting to discuss support of Hamas?
Or, that in 1994 after Awad got caught with his hands in the cookie jar, leading to the forming of CAIR. A mere decade later, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) designates the group as a terrorist organization along with numerous other Muslim Brotherhood groups.
We must have forgotten that, too.
Seven years earlier, in 2007, Clarion Project reminds us that CAIR was “labeled an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation for financing Hamas, which the U.S. (had) designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 1997.”
That trial, by the way, was the largest case of terror financing in American history.
These are just a few reminders to consider when we see that CAIR has issued an “action alert” in opposition to the recent Congressional “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019.”
So maybe we shouldn’t release all the doves just yet.
No less than 31 nations, including the UK, Germany and other European countries have joined the U.S. to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism. The definition specifically labels anti-Semitism, both traditional and current, as “anything that (applies) double standards by requiring of (Israel) a behavior not expected or demanded of by any other democratic nation (in the world).”
CAIR’s counter-cover to that definition is Boycott, Divestment, Sanction (BDS) which is
“An international campaign to delegitimize the State of Israel as the expression of the Jewish people’s right to national self-determination by isolating the country economically through consumer boycotts, business and government withdrawal of investment, and legal sanctions.”
In other words, BDS is by definition anti-Semitic.
The dirty little secret is that CAIR is very much a part of the BDS movement. Especially on U.S. college campuses where it is easier to influence idealistic students with their propaganda. Hardly the image CAIR projects to the American public at large.
Naturally, BDS cannot admit to such positions. Therefore, it sugarcoats and misleads within the very first paragraph of the overview on its website:
“Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice, and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.”
If only it were that “simple” the world would be making progress at a far faster rate.
As the Clarion Project points out,
“While the BDS movement purports to be about Palestinian rights, voices in support of BDS have been deafeningly silent about the horrific abuse of Palestinians who moved decades ago to Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon during the Arab states’ war with Israel in 1948.”
That approach is not unlike those so-called “moderate Muslims.”
Individuals who suddenly disappear into the woodwork whenever there is a major terrorist attack.
Whether it was the late Yasser Arafat, BDS, CAIR or any other Islamic group or spokesperson who says one thing and does another, the world must become suspect and wary when negotiating with Muslim leaders.
Onetime U.S. Secretary of State James Baker tells the story on NBC’s Meet The Press about some intense negotiations that were at long last agreed upon during a mid-morning session in the Middle East.
With the meeting over, Baker was happy with the cooperation from the opposition.
Thrilled, until turning on an Arabic press conference on television. The agreement, according to the Islamic interpretation, bore no resemblance to his own understanding of the negotiations.
Until the West understands Islamic perspectives, goals and, most of all, methodology to a significantly greater degree, the CAIR boys will continue to make us believe they truly CARE about resolving the differences between Islam and other religions.
Their recent stance on the rights of Israel should be a glaring testament to their on-going anti-Semitic ideals.
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Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor is an award-winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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