May 24, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (



(Coral Springs, FL) The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will be holding a fundraising banquet at the Orange County Convention Center, on Saturday, May 28, 2005. The banquet, entitled 'Building A Better America - A Decade of Dedication,' is, according to the group's website, being put on to "HELP ESTABLISH CAIR'S ORLANDO OFFICE."

This event will take place just five months after CAIR was named as a defendant in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit filed by the family of former FBI counter-terrorism chief John O'Neill, who lost his life during the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center.

The lawsuit states, "Council on American Islamic Relations and CAIR Canada (collectively, CAIR), have aided, abetted, and materially sponsored al Qaeda and international terrorism." It further states, "CAIR and CAIR-Canada have, since their inception, been part of the criminal conspiracy of radical Islamic terrorism… They emanate from the notorious HAMAS terrorist organization, and like so many of the terrorism facilitating charities named and indicted by the United States government, they are engaged in fund raising under the guise of assisting humanitarian causes..."

Speaking at the event will be Nihad Awad, the National Executive Director of CAIR. Awad is famous for a previous speech he made in Florida, in March of 1994 at Barry University, at which point he publicly pledged his support for HAMAS. At the time, he was a representative for CAIR's parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine, a HAMAS front group that recently lost its own lawsuit for $156 million in connection to the HAMAS murder of 17-year old David Boim.

Joe Kaufman, the Chairman of Americans Against Hate (AAH), stated, "These lawsuits - the one against CAIR and the one against its parent organization - cannot be taken lightly. They represent a pattern of extreme behavior that has become synonymous with both groups. Because of this, we believe CAIR poses a possible threat to the Orlando community. We ask law enforcement to be extra vigilant in their surveillance of the coming May 28th event, and we call on all concerned citizens to contact their local government representatives to speak out against the creation of a CAIR office in Orlando."

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail:

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