More than 10,000 people have signed an online petition calling for a boycott of US-based electronics retail giant Best Buy after it was revealed that the company supported an event run by a US charity that allegedly supports Hamas.
Best Buy’s financial donation to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was revealed by Islamist-Watch.org, which set up the petition last month. According to the organization, CAIR was labeled by the US government as a co-conspirator in the 2007 trial of another charity that had been serving as a fundraising arm for Hamas in Gaza.
“I assumed the decision to sponsor CAIR was made out of ignorance or at a low-level, sadly, I was wrong,” commented Islamist-Watch.org Director Marc Fink.
Fink said that attempts to confront Best Buy were met with a standard reply that the company aims to “represent a variety of faiths and denominations. We respect that diversity, and choose to engage with our customers, employees and communities in ways that reflect their traditions and maintain good relationships for Best Buy.”
Requests by The Jerusalem Post for a response from Best Buy were not immediately returned.