An Israeli NGO that translates foreign media is reporting that, at an April 2022 pro-Palestinian rally in New York City, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) – New York board member Lamis Deek advocated violence against Israel, calling Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organizations, as well as the Iranian Al-Quds Forces, “freedom fighters.” According to the MEMRI translation, Deek told the crowd:
April 29, 2022 We declare unequivocally that all Palestinians are freedom fighters. That those who fight for justice and the other like Hamas, like Jabhat, like Islamic Jihad, like Iranian Al-Quds Forces, like the PFLP, are all freedom fighters who fight not just for the defense and liberation of Palestine, they fight for the safety and the protection of all people to whom Israel, is apartheid is a global threat.
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The article further states that Deek characterized Israel as a “mobilizer” of an oppressive global machine and announced that a “war of liberation” was coming.
In addition to her work with CAIR, Deek is a civil rights attorney who has been active in other controversial pro-Palestinian initiatives. She co-founded the US Palestinian Community Network, a network of American Palestinians who work to promote Palestinian independence and consider Israel an occupying force in the Arab world. Her website reports Deek has also represented “participants in the June 2010 Gaza Flotilla involved in a violent altercation with Israeli naval forces.
CAIR regularly campaigns against laws restricting state business with companies that boycott Israel and its leaders have a history of defending individuals accused of terrorism by the US government, often labeling such prosecutions a “war on Islam.” In April 2022, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that CAIR was part of a coalition of US Global Muslim Brotherhood groups condemning US insurance company GEICO for abruptly canceling a diversity event. The event was to have been headlined by controversial Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, who has been accused of anti-Semitism. In January 2022, the GIOR reported that, at a November 2021 Palestine convention in Chicago, CAIR San Francisco Executive Director Zahra Billoo made a series of incendiary allegations, essentially designating large portions of the Jewish community in the US as “enemies” who are plotting and scheming to harm Muslims.
CAIR describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group and as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group.” It was founded in 1994 by three officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine, part of the US Hamas infrastructure at that time. Documents discovered during the terrorism trial of the Holy Land Foundation confirmed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood and that CAIR itself is part of the US Muslim Brotherhood. The organization is led by Nihad Awad, its longstanding Executive Director and one of the three founders. Recently, CAIR has been generally portrayed in the media as a Muslim civil rights group.
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