August 6, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (



(Coral Springs, FL) Starting tonight, Broward County, Florida will be allowing CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) to hold a series of six lectures at the Main Library in Fort Lauderdale. CAIR, a group which was created by a front for the terrorist organization Hamas, is currently the defendant in a lawsuit put forward by the family of FBI agent John O'neill for his murder during the 9/11 attacks. CAIR's parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine, recently lost its own $156 million lawsuit for the death of a young boy, David Boim, during a Hamas terrorist operation. CAIR has had numerous representatives convicted by and/or deported from the United States for terrorist activity, in relation to both Hamas and Al-Qaeda.

CAIR's lectures will be part of the group's 'Explore Islamic Culture & Civilization' project, a program CAIR began in September of 2002 to bring a set of Islamic-oriented books to thousands of public libraries across America. As previously reported by Americans Against Hate (AAH), the set includes: a Quran that has been banned by the Los Angeles school system for having numerous anti-Jewish commentaries ('The Meaning of THE HOLY QURAN'); a book that discusses the positive effects of beating women ('GENDER EQUITY IN ISLAM'); a book that praises and contains flattering pictures of convicted terrorist Abdulrahman Alamoudi and neo-Nazi William Baker ('silent no more'); and a book that rationalizes terrorism and describes Hamas as a "political and social activist group" ('The Islamic Threat - Myth or Reality?')

AAH Chairman Joe Kaufman, yesterday afternoon, contacted Broward County officials, in an effort to stop CAIR from holding its lectures at the public library. This included the office of every Broward County Commissioner, Mayor Kristin Jacobs' office, Vice Mayor Ben Graber's office, and the director of the Broward library system, Robert E. Cannon.

Upon speaking with an aide in the Vice Mayor's office, Kaufman learned that the event flyers for CAIR's lectures contained the Broward County logo on them. Library director Robert Cannon, in a phone conversation with Kaufman, admitted that it was his office that approved of the logo being used for CAIR's event and that it was also his office that approved of CAIR's usage of Broward's library facilities. After informing Cannon of CAIR's numerous terror ties and CAIR's terrorist-related legal troubles, Cannon surprisingly responded by saying that he did not see any problem with CAIR using the Main Library to hold its functions.

Kaufman stated, "For the Broward County government to allow a group linked to overseas terrorism to use library facilities to run its events is not only dangerous, but it is a public relations disaster. In addition, many of the books CAIR is highlighting in its library project are nothing more than hateful and violent propaganda. We call on all Broward County government officials to take the necessary action to disallow CAIR from using Broward public facilities and/or Broward County logos, both now and anytime in the future."

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail:


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