January 27, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (joe4rep@gate.net)



(Coral Springs, FL) Yesterday, after it was confirmed that the terrorist organization Hamas won an overwhelming majority of votes in the Palestinian election, the President of the United States, George W. Bush, said that the U.S. government would not deal with the group. He stated, "A political party that articulates the destruction of Israel as part of its platform is a party with which we will not deal."

In light of President Bush's statement, Americans Against Hate (AAH) calls on all local, state and federal government agencies and representatives to distance themselves from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization with deep roots in Hamas.

CAIR was founded in 1994 by three leaders of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a group created by the number two leader in Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook. IAP recently lost a $156 million lawsuit for the murder of a young American boy, David Boim, during a Hamas terror operation.

CAIR was founded with seed money ($5000) from the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), a "charity" that was shut down by the U.S. government, shortly after 9/11, for funneling millions of dollars to Hamas. After 9/11, CAIR used its website to solicit funds for HLF. The head of HLF, Ghassan Elashi, was convicted of terrorist activity. Elashi was a co-founder of CAIR's Texas chapter.

CAIR's Research Director, Mohammad Nimer, was on the board of the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR), another Hamas front created by Marzook. In the present indictment against CAIR, filed by the family of FBI agent John O'Neill, who was murdered during the 9/11 attacks, Nimer is named as a "proven link to Islamic terrorists."

In March of 1994, CAIR's co-founder and current Executive Director, Nihad Awad, stated, "After I researched the situation inside and outside Palestine, I am in support of the Hamas movement…" Awad also stated, in September of 2000, "they [the Jews] have been saying 'Next year in Jerusalem' - we say 'Next year to all Palestine." In November of 1999, CAIR's co-founder and then-Chairman, Omar Ahmad, stated, "Someone in Islam is allowed to fight… Fighting for freedom, fighting for Islam - that is not suicide. They kill themselves for Islam."

AAH Chairman Joe Kaufman said, "Given CAIR's unshakable ties to the terrorist organization Hamas, given CAIR's Hamas-like hatred towards the state of Israel, and given CAIR's defense of suicide bombers, it is incumbent upon all United States government agencies and representatives to treat CAIR as they treat Hamas. They should distance themselves from CAIR, if not shut down the group entirely and place it on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations, as Hamas presently is."

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: joe4rep@gate.net.


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