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CAIR’s Nihad Awad Blames “Israeli Lobby” For Florida Terror Trial

Nihad Awad, the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can Islamic Rela­tions (CAIR) blamed “the Israeli lobby” for the suf­fer­ing of Sami Al-Arian, a for­mer Uni­ver­sity of South Florida pro­fes­sor who pleaded guilty in 2006 to con­spir­ing to aid the Pales­tin­ian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).nihad-awad-cair-israel-lobby-sami-al-arian

On June 27, Awad tweeted, “Happy News: The gov­ern­ment of the United States of Amer­ica dropped all charges against Dr. Sami Al-Arian after 11 years of suf­fer­ing because of the Israeli lobby. Con­grat­u­la­tions to him and to the lawyers team.”

A crim­i­nal con­tempt indict­ment against Al-Arian, who was pre­vi­ously sen­tenced to 57-months in prison for his role in con­spir­ing to aid PIJ, was dropped Fri­day. Al-Arian, who has been fac­ing these addi­tional charges for the last 11 years, will now likely be deported as a result of the orig­i­nal charges.

Awad has pre­vi­ously made state­ments blam­ing Israel sup­port­ers for the suf­fer­ing of Mus­lims in the U.S.  In an inter­view with Al Jazeera in August 2012, Awad claimed that Mus­lims and Islam in Amer­ica face ide­o­log­i­cal and polit­i­cal attacks pri­mar­ily from groups that sup­port Israel.

In another inter­view with Egypt­ian daily Al Masry Al Youm, in Sep­tem­ber 2010, Awad stated, “There is no doubt that the pro-Israel orga­ni­za­tions have worked exten­sively over the years in pro­mot­ing a cul­ture of hos­til­ity towards Islam, sup­port­ing anti-Islam activists, hold­ing recep­tions for them, assist­ing and fund­ing them.”

Awad’s views not only feed on the con­spir­a­to­r­ial nar­ra­tive of undue Israeli influ­ence over the Amer­i­can judi­cial sys­tem, but also ignore the active role played by sev­eral pro-Israel groups, includ­ing ADL, in fight­ing against hate that tar­gets Amer­i­can Mus­lims.

  • Xeno Cide

    They should have deported him then and not wait 11 years to do so!

  • James Koss, MD FAAEM

    I do not know whom to con­demn and whom to (dis)believe. Both sides are vio­lent. They each in their own way lie, cheat, and blame. Nei­ther side really appears to care for human suf­fer­ing and both sides con­tinue to increase it. My visit to Israel and the occu­pied Ter­ri­to­ries exposed me to more truths than we ever will be allowed to know here in the US. Such a shame. There are good peo­ple on both sides ruled by crooks and polit­i­cal deviants who pros­per when anger and vio­lence occurs. I found it dis­gust­ing yet each side of the apartheid wall con­tained really fine peo­ple. The US should stand back and let the two par­ties deal with their prob­lems, but we won’t and thus they won’t. Mil­lions to bil­lions of dol­lars are a mighty imped­i­ment to any solu­tion as long as their lead­ers get to col­lect this wealth and we con­tinue to fur­nish it…

    • aaron sny­der

      “Apartheid wall”?? Yet another case where pre­tended neu­tral­ity masks mis­placed moral equiv­a­lence: “Both sides are vio­lent. They each…”

      Notice how “Both sides are vio­lent.” allows this ‘neu­tral com­men­ta­tor’ to side-step the fact that only one side under­takes delib­er­ate kid­nap­ping and mur­der of teenage non-combatants.

  • Mar­shall­doc

    I cel­e­brate the tri­umph of jus­tice in the al-Arian case which has been a trans­par­ently evi­dent legal lynch­ing from the out­set. That ADL wasn’t in court on al-Arian’s behalf only speaks to ADL’s ‘pro-Israel, demo­nize any­thing Pales­tin­ian’ worldview.