NIHAD AWAD’s Islamic radicalism was exposed Saturday when he called Tel Aviv “occupied” and prayed for it to be freed. His reference to an “occupied” Tel Aviv revealed that he does not even accept Israel’s right to exist.
Investigative Project on Terrorism This smarmy little Hamas-linked terrorist in a business suit publicly said:
“We have to fight. We have to take the fight to the other side. Moving the [U.S.] embassy, OUR embassy, from Tel Aviv which is occupied, to a city [Jerusalem] that’s supposed to be protected under international law, to move that embassy we should not accept that as a de facto,” Awad said. “We have to pressure the administration to take our embassy back to Tel Aviv. And inshallah [God willing], it will be free later.”
Gil Troy, a distinguished scholar in North American history at McGill University who also writes on anti-Semitism, told the Investigative Project on Terrorism he was “deeply grateful” for Awad’s comments.
“Mr. Awad was being honest – unlike most of his comrades,” Troy said. “His brutal honesty – which essentially calls for a new anti-Jewish genocide 75 years after Auschwitz – exposes the lie that Palestinian extremists like him would be satisfied with any kind of compromise. It makes it clear that the hatred against Israel has to do with what Israel is – a Jewish democratic state – not what Israel does. And it should confront many Americans – including some deluded Jews – with the uncomfortable facts that this main obstacle to peace in the Middle East is not Israel’s presence in the territories, but Palestinian fanatics’ rejection of Israel’s presence – period.”
Awad found a receptive audience at a weekend conference organized by the rabidly anti-Israel American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). In calling Tel Aviv “occupied,” Awad uttered a truth that American Muslim extremists have spent decades trying to keep secret.
For years, AMP conferences have featured speeches challenging Israel’s legitimacy. Awad did just that in 2019, casting Zionism as inherently hateful. At CAIR, he said, “we deal with racism, Islamophobia and Zionism on [a] daily basis.”
Awad was among 25 members of what federal prosecutors described as “Hamas’ support network in the United States” who met over a 1993 weekend conference in Philadelphia to strategize ways to “derail” the American-led Oslo Accords. “We’ve always demanded the 1948 territories,” meaning all of Israel, said Omar Ahmad, Awad’s co-founder at CAIR.
“Yes,” an unnamed speaker replied. “But we don’t say that publicly. You cannot say that publicly, in front of the Americans.” Ahmad agreed: “No, we didn’t say that to the Americans.”
Awad just did.
“This kind of essentialist, irrational hatred, certainly fits Professor Judea Pearl’s definition of ‘Zionophobia,'” Troy said, “meaning the irrational, obsessive hatred of Israel, reflecting a desire to destroy the Jewish State (which would kill 7 million Jews and 2 million Arabs). And it sits on centuries of more traditional Jew-hatred, resonating with haters obsessed with Jews and now the collective Jew, Israel.
So I thank Mr. Awad for this Hanukkah ‘present,’ this reminder that Jews, who fought for their freedom against a brutal dictator 2,000 years ago, still face brutal dictators today, who show as much contempt for Jewish life in Tel Aviv (and elsewhere) as they do for democracy itself.”
It was at AMP’s 2018 conference that Zahra Billoo, CAIR’s San Francisco chapter leader, said that “I am not going to legitimize a country that I don’t believe has a right to exist.”