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US Muslim Brotherhood Group Offers DC Office Space to Banned French Islamophobia Watchdog

December 17th, 2020 15:24

The Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR) has announced that it has offered office space and logis­ti­cal resources to the Col­lec­tive Against Islam­o­pho­bia in France (CCIF). Accord­ing to a CAIR press release:

The Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR), the nation’s largest Mus­lim civ­il rights and advo­ca­cy orga­ni­za­tion, today announced that it has offered office space in its Capi­tol Hill head­quar­ters in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., to a French Mus­lim anti-racism orga­ni­za­tion recent­ly shut down by that nation’s gov­ern­ment in a crack­down on the Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty and its legal rights. CAIR said it has offered the office space and logis­ti­cal resources to the Col­lec­tive Against Islam­o­pho­bia in France (CCIF), which French Inte­ri­or Min­is­ter Ger­ald Dar­manin false­ly accused of spread­ing “Islamist pro­pa­gan­da.” In fact, CCIF’s main func­tion was mon­i­tor­ing grow­ing Islam­o­pho­bia in France.

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Fol­low­ing the behead­ing of a French teacher in mid-Octo­ber, the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) report­ed on the French government’s plans to dis­solve CCIF for its alleged involve­ment in a social media cam­paign against the teacher, con­clud­ing that CCIF is an Islamist influ­ence oper­a­tion. Oth­er GIOR report­ing on the CCIF has included:

  • In late Octo­ber, the GIOR report­ed that CAIR had warned Mus­lims against trav­el­ing to France, say­ing they may face dan­ger and dis­crim­i­na­tion due to a broad crack­down on groups accused of radicalism.
  • In ear­ly Novem­ber, the GIOR report­ed that CCIF issued a state­ment claim­ing that uniden­ti­fied indi­vid­u­als close to French Pres­i­dent Macron had used “fake news” from the far right to attack them, say­ing that they planned to extend their activ­i­ties internationally.
  • In mid-Novem­ber, the GIOR report­ed that the French Inte­ri­or Min­is­ter had dis­solved the CCIF.

The Coun­cil on Amer­i­can Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR) is part of the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, a transna­tion­al Islamist net­work cov­ered by the GIOR. It describes itself as “a grass­roots civ­il rights and advo­ca­cy group” and “America’s largest Islam­ic civ­il lib­er­ties group.” It was found­ed in 1994 by three offi­cers of the Islam­ic Asso­ci­a­tion of Pales­tine, part of the U.S. Hamas infra­struc­ture at that time.

For more on CAIR, go here.