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July 1, 2014 4

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.

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