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September 6, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (info@americansagainsthate.org)

CAIR REP REFERS TO AMERICANS IN IRAQ AS “CRUSADERS”

USES SAME TERMINOLOGY AS AL-QAEDA

(Coral Springs, FL) This week, on his website, the Civil Rights Coordinator of CAIR-Los Angeles (CAIR-California), Affad Shaikh, referred to Americans in Iraq as “Crusaders.” This, while al-Qaeda has been using the same terminology to describe our American troops in Iraq.

In his piece, entitled, ‘The Crusader’s Mark,’ speaking about the United States’ war in Iraq, Shaikh wrote, “This truly reminds of the ‘occupier’ mentality. When Crusaders arrived in Muslim lands they would create these large castles, self sustained and beyond reach. They would govern from a distance in their own peace while the ravages of their injustice, war and corruptions destroyed the countryside and region.”

The crude terminology that Shaikh used in his piece has been utilized by terrorist groups, primarily al-Qaeda, to stir up hatred and recruit fighters for the purpose of producing attacks against American soldiers.

Joe Kaufman, Chairman of Americans Against Hate (AAH) and Founder of CAIR Watch, stated, “This type of language is completely unacceptable. Once again, our group calls on the members of the media to distance themselves from CAIR. Mr. Shaikh and the group he represents should be denounced for inciting hatred against those that are charged with protecting the United States.”

CAIR has a dark history of making pro-terror statements. CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad, in March of 1994, publicly stated his support for Hamas.

To learn more about CAIR's Affad Shaikh, visit the profiles page of CAIR Watch.

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



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