The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) bill would change “the federal criminal code to permit civil claims against a foreign state or official for injuries, death, or damages from an act of international terrorism.” Therefore, American citizens would be able to sue foreign governments/officials, such as Saudi Arabia for acts of terrorism such as 9/11.
Counterjihad Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) seems to think the anti-terrorism measure is “an anti-Muslim attack.” AAWSAT-English quotes Awad as saying:
“JASTA will allow the continuation of harassments against the Islamic community. He added that after this bill, terrorism will continue to be joint with Islam.” The bill “is a continuation of the series of [actions] attaching terrorism to Islamic societies, the Islamic world and Islamic countries, as well as Islamic personalities, since it aims to demonize Islam.”
“They have reached a point where they accuse Saudi Arabia, which is considered the heart of the Islamic world, of terrorism. And by doing so, they are accusing Muslims all over the world,” he said.
According to Awad, those who voted for this law are anti-Islam and it is supported by the same campaign that supports the presidential candidate Donald Trump. He thus declared that CAIR rejects and denounces JASTA promoted by Islamophobes who reject Muslims’ existence.
The director went on to say that the JASTA campaign is led by a group of political and legal activists in the Congress, as part of “an ugly political process that aims to blackmail for financial benefit”.
Awad said that CAIR had been accused of supporting and funding terrorism (even by Arab Muslim countries like the United Arab Emirates which has declared that CAIR is a terrorist organization) in an attempt to silence the voice of Islam and American Muslims.
The bill “is a continuation of the series of [actions] attaching terrorism to Islamic societies, the Islamic world and Islamic countries, as well as Islamic personalities, since it aims to demonize Islam,” an Investigative Project on Terrorism translation of Awad’s remarks said. “… so that things have reached the point of attaching the accusation of terrorism against Saudi Arabia, which is the heart of the Muslim world, and accusing it is an accusation of Muslims all over the world.”
If Awad still wants to deny the Saudi connection to 9/11, does he want to go so far as to even deny Saudi Arabia’s global spread of Wahhabism? Does he deny that all of the Islamic terrorism (TheReligionofPeace has documented more than 29,000 deadly Islamic terror attacks just since 9/11) coming from the Islamic community? (Yes, he does by saying the behavior is NOT Islamic)
More likely, the 9/11 bill poses a financial conflict of interest for CAIR? Of course, CAIR is hiding the fact that they receive foreign funding which is seemingly in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). In fact, some of the funding comes directly from the House of Saud. For example, in 2002 Prince Al-Walid bin Talal donated half a million dollars to CAIR. The CAIR Observatory summarizes CAIR’s foreign relations:
Received at least $2,792,203 in Contributions, Income and Money from foreign principals in the form of 11 distinct transactions
Received a $2,106,251 mortgage loan from a foreign principal for their Washington, D.C. headquarters
Secured the promise of at least $54,500,000 in pledges from foreign principals
Met and coordinated with foreign principals on at least 35 occasions
Engaged in more than 100 political influence operations on behalf of foreign principals in the United States
It’s pretty obvious that one of the reasons why CAIR opposes the 9/11 bill is that it will help expose the terrorist enterprise of Saudi Arabia as well as radical Muslim Brotherhood activities around the world.