Simon Wiesenthal Center: White House Wrong to List CAIR as Part of its National Strategy to Combat Anti-Semitism

May 30, 2023

SWC listed CAIR on its 2021 Top 10 Anti-Semitism List

The Simon Wiesenthal Center criticized the White House for listing CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) as part of its national strategy to combat anti-Semitism.

CAIR has for years been spreading radicalization through the country through its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood–including Hamas. The organization also supported and advocated for Rasmea Odeh, a convicted terrorist, up until her deportation to Jordan.

During a 2021 speech, Jew-hater Zahra Billoo, The Executive Director of CAIR in San Francisco, made it very clear that “Zionists” – who she paints as rich and powerful – are the enemy. And by enemy, she means those not just opposing Palestinian Arabs but Muslims as a whole. Chillingly, she promised that this enemy would be defeated.

“CAIR has been a source of anti-Semitism. How can it be a partner to fight it? Perhaps CAIR has had a change of heart. If so it can start by publicly endorsing and enforcing the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism in its own ranks,” stated Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action.

CAIR was listed as #7 on thSimon Wiesenthal Center’s Top Ten 2021 worst anti-Semitism list.

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization. It holds consultative status at the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the OAS and the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO).

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