Thursday, August 30, 2007

Anti-Defamation League Response To CAIR

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in response to an Open Letter by CAIR, suggesting that it's organization has "...acted numerous condemn terrorism..." today released a photograph of CAIR's Executive Director Nihad Awad, speaking at a podium next to a known anti-Semite and the flag of the terrorist group Hezbollah.

The photograph released by ADL, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, is shown delivering a speech under a Hezbollah flag during a rally on April 20, 2002 in Washington, DC to Awad's right stands Imam Abdul Alim Musa, the anti-Semitic head of "Masjid Al Islam" mosque.

Glen S. Lewy
, ADL, Natl. Chair and Abraham Foxman, ADL, Natl. Director issued the following statement:

"The Council on American-Islamic Relations, has once again squandered an opportunity to unequivocally condemn terrorists--such as Hezbollah and Hamas--by name and to address its past affiliation with the Islamic Association for Palestine, whose ideology is rooted in virulent anti-Semitism.

The August 29, 2007, "Open Letter from CAIR to ADL" is yet another weary tactic by CAIR's leadership to divert attention from its troubling roots and disingenuous record. CAIR Chairman Parvez Ahmed and Executive Director Nihad Awad, continue to willfully ignore legitimate questions. Attacking ADL, will not make the real issues go away.

An organization that purportedly seeks to enter into dialogue with ADL, should firmly denounce the anti-Semitic rhetoric and support for terror organizations that regularly occur at rallies, instead of sponsoring them and joining them.

ADL's 94 year history supporting the Civil Rights of all in this country, including Muslims and our record of teaching respect for all religions through interfaith and diversity education programs is unparalleled. Unfortunately, CAIR has shown it is not a legitimate partner in this vital work."

Press Release--ADL, New York, NY. August 30, 2007