In April. the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) published this year’s edition of an annual report, titled “Still Suspect: The Impact of Structural Islamophobia,” which lists anti-Muslim incidents and hate crimes in the US. According to the report introduction:
The title of this report is Still Suspect: The Impact of Structural Islamophobia. The word structural is significant in the understanding that Islamophobia has seeped into every part of our society. It has made its way into government institutions and the public sphere through laws and policies, political rhetoric, and other manifestations.
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The document was published during a press conference at the CAIR headquarters in Washington, DC, where CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad characterized the reported rise in anti-Muslim incidents as “alarming.” He urged Congress to adopt legislation making federal funding for local law enforcement agencies contingent on documenting and reporting hate crimes to the FBI’s national database.
A Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) investigation found that a 2021 report listing legal achievements made by the group in US civil rights failed to mention that at least one verdict had already been overturned by a US Court of Appeals. The case involved a 2018 lawsuit filed on behalf of a school speech pathologist who lost her job after refusing to sign an employment contract pledging not to boycott Israel. CAIR listed the case as one of its achievements in challenging Texan legislation, although by 2020, the decision had been tossed out by the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
In 2009, the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch reported that CAIR had manipulated hate crime statistics for political purposes, creating and including new categories of hate crimes to show an alleged increase in those crimes.
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 original founders. In recent times, CAIR has been generally portrayed in the media as a Muslim civil rights group.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.”
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