On 8 April 2022, a coalition of US Muslim Brotherhood groups released a joint statement condemning US insurance company GEICO for abruptly canceling an employee diversity event to have been headlined by controversial Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, accused of anti-Semitism. According to the statement on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) website:
We strongly condemn GEICO for bowing down to anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian hate groups, canceling an event meant to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month and smearing one of our nation’s most prominent and impactful activists. GEICO must immediately delete its false, defamatory and unacceptable attack on Linda Sarsour, who has vocally advocated for justice for all people and repeatedly fought against Islamophobia, antisemitism, xenophobia, and all other forms of hatred.
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CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad also penned an open letter to the GEICO CEO in which he called the decision to cancel the event “unacceptable” and “insulting” to the nation’s Arab-American and Muslim communities.
Leaders of Jewish advocacy groups had criticized the company for hosting Sarsour, pointing to her history of making anti-Semitic statements, including saying that Israel was “built on the idea that Jews are supreme to everyone else.” GEICO subsequently canceled the event, issuing an apology to “employees, customers, and others for our initial plan.”
Co-signatories of the statement included CAIR and numerous other organizations part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) network in the US, including:
- United States Council of Muslim Organizations, comprised of 35 member organizations, including almost every important component of the GMB in the US
- MPower Change, a US Muslim civil rights NGO where Sarsour serves as Executive Director, and that has cooperated with important organizations of the GMB in the US
- Islamic Circle of North America Council for Social Justice (ICNA-CSJ), part of the GMB in the US
- Mogahed Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm founded by Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the US Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a group whose Board of Advisors and staff includes prominent figures in the GMB in the US
Linda Sarsour has become known for her harsh criticism of Israel, and in 2012, our predecessor publication was the first to report Sarsour’s family ties to Hamas. In September 2019, The Washington Post reported that Linda Sarsour had resigned as co-chair of the Women’s March movement following accusations of anti-Semitism and financial mismanagement. In February 2022, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that Sarsour participated in an “American Muslim Public Servant of 2021 Award” event hosted by CAIR.
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.
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