On 8 December 2023, The New York Times reported that the White House distanced itself from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) following controversial statements by its executive director, Nihad Awad. Awad expressed happiness over Palestinians breaking out of Gaza on Oct. 7, coinciding with a deadly Hamas attack on Israel. President Biden’s spokesman, Andrew Bates, condemned Awad’s remarks as “shocking” and “antisemitic.” The White House, which had engaged with CAIR in discussions on Islamophobia and listed the council in a document on fighting antisemitism, removed CAIR’s name from the document post-Awad’s speech. Awad claimed that his comments were misconstrued, emphasizing his denunciation of hate against Jews and distinguishing between Palestinians’ symbolic defiance and the unacceptable violence against civilians. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group and as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group.” CAIR was founded in 1994 by three officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine, part of the U.S. Hamas infrastructure at that time. Documents discovered in the course of 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.
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