Sunday, October 23, 2022

Will San Diego Fund CAIR Banquet?

Hat tip Steve and Investigative Project on Terrorism

Unbelievable as it seems, the county of San Diego (California) is scheduled to vote in two days on a proposal to fund an upcoming CAIR (Council on Islamic American Relations) banquet to be held in San Diego. I am cross-posting an article here by the blog, Focus on Western Islamism.

This is not the first time that CAIR has been involved in a controversy with San Diego.

I have sent an email to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors explaining why they should not be spending taxpayer funds on this despicable organization. The text of that letter is below:

Dear Supervisors,

My name is Gary Fouse. I am a resident of Orange County and a former part-time teacher of English as a second language at the University of California at Irvine (1998-2016). During my time at UC Irvine, I attended several events both on and off campus featuring speakers from CAIR including their Northern California and Southern California directors, Zahra Billoo and Hussam Ayloush respectively. 

Both of these individuals, as do so many of their CAIR colleagues around the country, have a history of anti-Semitic statements, sometimes in support of the pro-Palestinian movement and sometimes independent of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. As a gentile, I have seen way too much anti-Semitism on college campuses, which goes way beyond any legitimate criticism of Israel. 

CAIR is not a moderate civil rights organization. It is an arm of the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood and has long-standing connections to Hamas, which our government has designated as a terrorist organization. In addition, CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007-2008 Holy Land Foundation trial in the Northern District of Texas, a case that involved charity funding being diverted to Middle East terror organizations. In short, this is not an organization that you should be providing tax-payer funds to.

I urge you not to provide funding to this organization. 

Thank you for your attention,

Gary Fouse

Here are the email addresses of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors if you would like to voice your opinion, particularly if you are a resident of San Diego County. Please be respectful.
Update: 10-31-22. A few days ago the Board voted unanimously to provide the funding. In their announcement, they did acknowledge the letters and phone calls they had received in opposition- if that's any consolation. Let the record show that they were fully advised as to the background of CAIR when they approved the funding.

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