Why do media outlets uncritically cite the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization that has been repeatedly accused of antisemitism?
In 2021, reputable publications like CNN, The Washington Post and The Guardian mentioned CAIR over 250 times — all too often without disclosing the group’s controversial statements.
For instance, during the American Muslims for Palestine’s annual conference, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad vowed to fight the Biden Administration’s plan to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome. The missile defense system saves lives on both sides of the Gaza border by preventing further escalation.
According to CAIR, the city of Tel Aviv is “occupied” by Israel, but “Allah willing” will be “free[d] later.”
CAIR San Francisco leader Zahra Billoo, who in 2019 was booted from the Women’s March due to her antisemitic views, at the conference blamed “Zionists” for Islamophobia and police violence in the US. Like Awad, Billoo clarified CAIR’s actual agenda: rejecting the existence of Jewish sovereignty in any way, shape or form.