The government isn’t making this up as part of some anti-Muslim scheme, as CAIR would have you believe. In 1993, the FBI learned that about two dozen members and supporters of Hamas were going to hold a secret meeting in Philadelphia and decided to wiretap it. Among the participants were Shukri Abu Baker, the leader of the Holy Land Foundation, and Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad, two top officials of the Islamic Association for Palestine. The Muslim Brotherhood lists the IAP as one of its fronts and IAP’s ties to Hamas are thoroughly documented.
“War is deception. … Deceive, camouflage,” Baker forcefully emphasized during a discussion of how to, in the words of another participant, “support jihad in Palestine.” Another questioned, “This will be classified as terrorism according to America. … How are you going to perform jihad?”
Omar Ahmad explained how to play a game of semantics to trick Americans. He said that there is a difference between saying “I want to destroy Israel” and “I want to restore the 48 land,” which would mean the elimination of the state of Israel. He admited that “we didn’t say that to the Americans.”
The discussion turned to the need to create new groups with less baggage. One participant said, “We must form a new organization for activism which will be neutral because we are placed in a corner, we are place in a corner. It is known who we are, we are marked and I believe that there should be a new neutral organization which works on both sides.”
CAIR was created the next summer by Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad. That same year, Awad said, “I am in support of the Hamas movement.” A 2004 document by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee lists CAIR and IAP among its “working organizations.”
Awad is still CAIR’s executive director. In 2004, he was asked by an Arab publication about the designation of Hamas as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. He replied, “We do not and will not condemn any liberation movement inside Palestine or Lebanon.” Ahmad was the national chairman until 2005. In April 2011, Patrick Poole broke the story at PJ Media that the Justice Department blocked a planned prosecution of Ahmad.
CAIR and its Islamist allies are swinging hard, especially at government agencies involved in counter-terrorism. The Muslim Brotherhood, shockingly, is viewed as a “moderate” force by the current government. The boycott of Best Buy is an opportunity for people to make a real difference. Let’s not pass it up. Sign the petition and send it to your friends, family, and colleagues.