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April 23, 2008
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (info@americansagainsthate.org)

AAH CALLS ON MAYOR OF PLANTATION, FL TO REMOVE CAIR REP FROM PRAYER BREAKFAST

CAIR IS PART OF HAMAS, CAIR-FLORIDA SUPPORTS HAMAS

(Coral Springs, FL) Americans Against Hate (AAH) is calling on the Mayor of Plantation, Florida, Rae Carole Armstrong, to disallow CAIR-Florida Executive Director Altaf Ali from participating in an upcoming prayer breakfast sponsored by the Mayor. The event, titled ‘Jerusalem: Symbol of Unity,’ is scheduled to take place on May 1, 2008, at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El, in Plantation. Ali has been asked to give the invocation.

AAH is concerned with CAIR’s association with Hamas and CAIR-Florida’s recent statements in support of Hamas.

CAIR was named by the U.S. Justice Department as a co-conspirator for a Hamas financing trial that began in July of 2007. During the trial, CAIR was shown to have been part of Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook’s American Palestine Committee. Also part of the committee was CAIR’s parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which was shut down in 2005 after the group was found liable for the Hamas murder of an American teen, David Boim.

On March 1, 2008, CAIR representative Jawhar “Joe” Badran was caught on video stating that “Hamas is not a terrorist organization.” Altaf Ali was standing next to Badran, when he said this. As well, Badran stated, “Hamas is a defender of the Palestinian people. That’s what Hamas is.” And “Hamas is better than Fatah, because there’s no corruption. Hamas takes care of the people.”

AAH Chairman Joe Kaufman stated, “Being that CAIR is a part of Hamas, it is wrong for a government representative, as Mayor Armstrong is, to allow anyone from CAIR to participate in anything. As well, it is offensive for a CAIR rep to be involved in this, given the title of the event, as Hamas calls for the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jerusalem’s Jewish community.”

Those concerned can contact Mayor Armstrong to respectfully voice their views.

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: info@americansagainsthate.org.



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