United Arab Emirates names CAIR, Muslim American Society terrorist organizations
The entire list, which includes Hezbollah Brigades in Iraq, Boko Haram and Islamic Relief Worldwide of the Global Muslim Brotherhood, was published by WAM, the official state news agency. News of the listing did not sit well with either U.S. group.
CAIR called its listing “shocking and bizarre” and demanded the UAE remove them from the list. “There is absolutely no factual basis for the inclusion [of] CAIR and other American and European civil rights and advocacy groups on this list,” CAIR said in a statement issued Sunday.
“Like the rest of the mainstream institutions representing the American Muslim community, CAIR’s advocacy model is the antithesis of the narrative of violent extremists," the statement added. "We call on the United Arab Emirates cabinet to review this list and remove organizations such as CAIR, the Muslim American Society and other civil society organizations that peacefully promote civil and democratic rights and that oppose terrorism whenever it occurs, wherever it occurs and whoever carries it out.”
"CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization," the group said on Facebook. "Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding."
In 2007, CAIR, along with 300 others, was named by federal prosecutors as an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the Holy Land Foundation trial dealing with funding of Hamas. CAIR was never charged with any crime and a federal judge later said the group should not have been named. According to a citation quoted by Pamela Gellar, "CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror."
Supporters of CAIR responded angrily on Facebook, in some cases, calling the UAE puppets of western Zionists. One person, for example, claimed the UAE is "doing Israel's bidding."
The Associated Press said the move follows a decision by Saudi Arabia to name the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. The UAE supported that decision, accusing Islamist groups of trying to topple Western-backed ruling systems, the AP added.
CAIR said it condemned the brutal murder of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig by ISIS militants and called ISIS "anti-Islamic." Gellar said the condemnation may be a move to deceive Americans about Islam.
CAIR has also angered a number of Americans for labeling critics as Islamophobes. In September 2013, for example, CAIR claimed Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin are part of a nefarious network of conservatives and Christians they claim supports, promotes and funds Islamophobia. Moreover, CAIR has opposed every anti-terror measure that has ever been proposed or implemented, Jihad Watch added.
Many see CAIR as part of an effort to turn the United States into a Sharia-compliant country where Muslim law supercedes the Constitution. Recently, the group sponsored the first Muslim prayer service held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on Friday, an event that sparked anger among many.
"If Hamas-CAIR really opposes Kassig’s beheading and the beheadings of other kuffar, why they haven’t they instituted programs teachings against the quran’s texts on jihad?" Gellar asked. "Why don’t they work to expunge the quran of the texts and teachings that justify hatred and violence?"