After CAIR’s (Council on American-Islamic Relations) notorious Jew-hating chief, Nihad Awad, was outed for praising Hamas’ October 7th massacre of Israelis, the White House this week quietly cut CAIR from its “strategy” on fighting anti-Semitism. But why CAIR, the American front group for Hamas, was ever included in the first place is beyond comprehension.
“I was happy to see people breaking the siege and [walking] into their own land,” crowed Nihad Awad, CAIR’s co-founder and national executive director, last month on a video circulated by the Middle East Media Research Institute this week.
“The people of Gaza have the right to self-defense,” he added, and “Israel as an occupying power does not have that right.” “The people of Gaza only decided to break the siege — the walls of the concentration camp — on Oct. 7,” Awad said. (Videos of the Gaza “concentration camp” here: SEE WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LIVE IN GAZA – “the world’s largest open air prison” )
NY PostCAIR was tapped by the White House on May 25 to “launch a tour to educate religious communities about steps they can take to protect their houses of worship from hate incidents, such as instituting appropriate security measures, developing strong relationships with other faith communities, and maintaining open lines of communication with local law enforcement.”
In its May fact sheet, the White House included CAIR as one of many solidarity groups with which it had “announced commitments to counter antisemitism,” according to an archived webpage. The announcement came as part of the Biden administration’s first-ever national strategy for countering antisemitism.
But as of Thursday, that same fact sheet no longer listed CAIR as an affiliated group.
That affiliation ended after Awad’s remarks surfaced, a White House spokesperson told The Post. “We condemn these shocking, antisemitic statements in the strongest terms,” White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates told The Post. Awad claimed that his reference to feeling “happy” on Oct. 7 did not refer to the terrorist attacks that killed thousands of Israelis.
The CAIR director also lauded the efforts of younger Democrats dissatisfied with President Biden’s continued support of Israel over Hamas.
“Brothers and sisters, young people in the Democratic Party have sent a clear message to this administration and to the Democratic Party,” Awad told the audience. “That you have betrayed our votes, you have betrayed our support, and you have betrayed young people who aspire for the United States of America to reposition itself as a moral leader in the world. They have betrayed us.”
In his speech, Awad also accused the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), one of the nation’s largest pro-Israel lobbying groups, of holding sway over the executive branch officials and Congress.
“AIPAC and its affiliates have been controlling the United States government and the United States Congress,” he went on. “And if someone says, ‘Oh, Nihad Awad said this about the Congress,’ I tell you, ‘Yes, I say it today, and I will say it tomorrow — unless we free Congress, we will not be able to free Palestine.’”
CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad at AMP Convention: I Was Happy to See the People of Gaza Break the Siege on October 7; They Were Victorious; the People of Gaza Have the Right to Self-Defense – Israel Does Not #Hamas #Gaza #Palestinians @CAIRNational @NihadAwad pic.twitter.com/WDbSRjFJo0
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