The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a US Muslim Brotherhood group, announced in December that it had awarded Congresswoman Ilhan Omar its “American Muslim Public Servant of 2021 Award” at its Annual Gala. According to a CAIR press release:
(WASHINGTON D.C., 12/3/2021) – At its virtual gala on Saturday, December 4, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) – the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization – will name Rep. Ilhan Omar (D‑Minnesota) “American Muslim Public Servant of 2021” for her commitment to public service and courage in the face of anti-Muslim bigotry from fellow members of Congress.
CAIR is calling on community members and public officials to join the live event and show support for Rep. Omar amid recent bigoted attacks.
WHAT: CAIR Virtual Gala ‘Turning the Tide, Building a Just Future’
Other participants in the virtual event included:
- Rep. Cori Bush (Black Lives Matter activist, US. representative for Missouri’s 1st congressional district)
- Rep. Andre Carson (US Representative for Indiana’s 7th congressional district, ties to the US Muslim Brotherhood)
- Dr. Omar Suleiman (speaker at USMB events)
- Linda Sarsour (anti-Israel activist, family ties to Hamas)
GIOR has extensively covered Rep Omar’s relationship with the US Muslim Brotherhood.
CAIR is part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Islamist network covered by the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR). It describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group” and as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group” and was founded in 1994 by three officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine, part of the US Hamas infrastructure at that time. The organization has repeatedly joined other groups with ties to the US Muslim Brotherhood in engaging Muslim citizens to participate in consultative meetings with legislative offices and state senators, highlighting the need to combat Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment in the US.