The gesture, which looks just like the one used to say “OK,” with the thumb and forefinger in a circle has been alleged to be a sign of ‘White Power’ according to far leftists, and now, apparently, by Muslim Brotherhood front groups in America, too, like CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations).
(Designated terrorist group) CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) today called for disciplinary action against U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy cadets and midshipmen who allegedly flashed a “white power” hand sign at Saturday’s Army-Navy football game.
Both academies say they are investigating the “OK” hand signs by at least two West Point cadets and a Naval Academy midshipman on a live television broadcast. That hand gesture has become popular with white supremacists as a display of the initial letters of “white power.” Some have suggested a non-racist alternative motive for the OK hand sign.
“If these cadets and midshipman sought to promote white supremacy, or if they lacked the judgment required to understand the widely-discussed racist implications of this hand sign, they need to face strong disciplinary action,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim (Dougie) Hooper.
He noted that CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
CAIR officials are great about condemning “all forms of terrorism and religious extremism.” But try to drill down and ask about specific terrorist groups and CAIR does everything but give a straight answer. They’ll stick with the universal rejection of anyone who engages in political violence as spokesman Corey Saylor did in 2008. Or, they’ll refuse on principle, as Hooper did in 2002 when he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that “We’re not in the business of condemning.”
That’s consistent with Hooper’s dodge in the weeks after 9/11. Challenged by journalist Jake Tapper, Hooper hedged when it came to Osama bin Laden, saying “If Osama bin Laden was behind it, we condemn him by name.” Tapper was surprised — “why qualify the response?” he asked.
“Hooper said he resented the question.”
Or, they’ll go to bluster.
In that 2001 interview with Tapper, Hooper rejected the question about Hamas as “word games from the pro-Israel lobby.”
This past November, CAIR-Los Angeles chief Hussam Ayloush reacted angrily to the very question. Simply being asked to condemn Hamas was “not acceptable,” he said, and “proves that you have nothing but bigotry in you.”
The group had no reservations condemning Israel, however, especially after it struck Hamas targets. CAIR condemned the killing [CAIR has taken the page down] of Hamas founder and spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin. The statement didn’t mention his role in Hamas, but cast him as “a 67-year-old quadriplegic and the most prominent Palestinian Islamic figure.”
In 2008, CAIR called reporters to a news conference to condemn Israel’s 2008 “Cast Lead” incursion into Gaza aimed at stopping rampant Hamas rocket attacks targeting Israeli civilians. CAIR co-founder and Executive Director Nihad Awad demanded “that our government, the U.S. government, take immediate steps to end the immoral and illegal Israeli bombardment of Gaza and its population.”
He said nothing about the Hamas rocket fire. For CAIR officials, attacks on Israeli civilians may not be seen as terrorism, but as a form of “resistance.”