CONGRESSWOMAN RASHIDA TLAIB, the first Palestinian-American elected to the House, wears a traditional Palestinian robe at her swearing-in ceremony yesterday. .
(photo credit: REUTERS/ADAM SHAPIRO)
An online petition started by the group Stop Antisemitism calls on the US attorney general William Barr and special antisemitism envoy Elan Carr to take a deep look at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR.
The petition, shared on change.org with more than 1,000 signatures so far, calls into question what lies behind CAIR. It claims that Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are “strong allies” of the organization and that the organization helped get these Muslim women into office.
On the petition web page, it explains that CAIR was founded following a 1993 meeting in Philadelphia of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, which the Department of Justice has described as a covert organization established to support Hamas. In 2007, CAIR was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case that found Holy Land Foundation responsible for siphoning over $12 million to Hamas. A 2009 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Jorge A. Solis determined that CAIR is Hamas.
The CAIR website denies the above allegations and says the group is focused on combatting “stereotyping and defamation.”
The petition asks the following:
"While these two Congresswoman are challenging the dual loyalty of the members of the Jewish-American community, since Ilhan and Rashida don’t have dual loyalty, WHO ARE THEY LOYAL TO?"
CAIR will host Omar at its 4th Annual Valley Banquet in Los Angeles on March 23.
Change.org visitors can sign the petition, call Barr or Carr, or contact their Congressmember.
Stop Antisemitism is an activist group that calls on the public to unite and work together to eradicate the antisemitic phenomenon that seeks to ruin our American way of life."
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