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.
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