CAIR-CANCanadian Council on American-Islamic RelationsP.O. Box 13219, Ottawa, ONT, K2K 1X4(t) 1.866.524.0004(f) 613.254.9810www.caircan.ca----
CAIR-CAN Receives Human Rights Award
(Ottawa, Canada - July 19, 2007) The Canadian Council on American-IslamicRelations (CAIR-CAN) is pleased to announce it recently received a HumanRights Award from the Muslim community of Greater Toronto. The award waspresented on June 13 at an annual dinner held by the Toronto Muslimcommunity to honour men and women of the city's emergency services.
On behalf of CAIR-CAN, Board Chair Abdul-Basit Khan accepted the award forthe organization's "outstanding work in advocating for the civil libertiesand human rights of Maher Arar." Also, a second, identical award was givento Amnesty International Canada.
"It's important to recognize the contribution of the hundreds of Canadians,many of whom remain unnamed, who struggled to free Maher Arar. On behalf ofthose who worked within CAIR-CAN, I humbly accept this award," said Khan.
The event attracted 700 attendees and guests. Several elected officials andemergency service heads attended including:
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty,Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Mike Colle, Ontario Minister of Education Kathleen Wynee, Oshawa Mayor John Gray, Pickering Mayor David Ryan, Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino, Toronto Chief of Police Bill Blair, Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart, and Toronto Emergency Medical Service Chief Bruce Farr.
Why is this noteworthy?
Because CAIR-CAN is the Canadian counterpart of the CAIR in the US, which is an extension of Hamas, and which is known to favor terrorism and Islamic imperialism.
CAIR promotes a radical Islamic vision, as evidenced by the fact that its co-founder Omar Ahmad told a Fremont, California audience in July 1998: "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth." In a similar spirit, Ibrahim Hooper told a reporter in 1993: "I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future." In 2003 Hooper stated that if Muslims ever become a majority in the United States, they will likely seek to replace the U.S. Constitution with Islamic law, which they deem superior to man-made law. In the late 1980s, Ihsan Bagby, who would later become a CAIR Board member, stated that Muslims "can never be full citizens of this country," referring to the United States, "because there is no way we can be fully committed to the institutions and ideologies of this country."
CAIR receives considerable funding from Saudi Arabia. In 1999, the Saudi embassy in Washington announced a $250,000 grant by the Islamic Development Bank to CAIR for the purchase of land in Washington, DC to be used in the construction of "an education and research center." Writes Islam scholar Stephen Schwartz: "CAIR should be considered a foreign-based subversive organization, comparable in the Islamist field to the Soviet-controlled Communist Party USA, and the Cuban-controlled front groups that infiltrated 'Latin American solidarity' organizations in the U.S. during the 1980s. It has organized numerous community branches and has had immense success in gaining position as an 'official' representative of Islam in the U.S."
In 1998, CAIR co-hosted a rally at Brooklyn College where Islamic militants exhorted the attendees to carry out "jihad" and described Jews as "pigs and monkeys." The crowd chanted: "No to the Jews, descendants of the apes." Referring to Israel as a "racist country and state," CAIR was a signatory to a MAY 20, 2004 "Joint Muslims/Arab-American Statement on Israeli Violence in Gaza," which "strongly condemn[ed]" Israel's "indiscriminate killings of innocent Palestinians, including many children," and its "demolition of Palestinian homes." In August 2006 CAIR accused Israel of practicing state terrorism in its war against the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah. Said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, "Our [American] government must end it support for Israel's campaign of terror in Lebanon and join an international effort to protect and bring humanitarian aid to the civilian population of that devastated nation."
CAIR chose not to endorse or participate in the May 14, 2005 "Free Muslims March Against Terror," an event whose stated purpose was to "send a message to the terrorists and extremists that their days are numbered ... [and to send] a message to the people of the Middle East, the Muslim world and all people who seek freedom, democracy and peaceful coexistence that we support them."
This is the kind of organization that was awarded by the "Muslim community of Greater Toronto", in its own words, a "human rights" award.
This is the kind of organization whose above-noted event was attended by Liberal Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty and OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino, who still haven't done anything to put a stop to the year-and-a-half-old occupation of Caledonia by representatives of the "Six Nations", some of whom have engaged in acts of violence, including the theft of an American Border Patrol vehicle and using said vehicle in the attempted murder of a police officer. The suspects have, as far as I know, not been arrested. A judge had ordered that the occupation be ended, but police and the Ontario government refused his order. Nice. Rule of law is paramount, apparently. And they attend a function to award the Canadian branch of the CAIR a "human rights" award (whose "human rights" it's about isn't specified, mind y'all).
Nice. We know, with folks like these in charge, Ontario and Canada are safe from all sorts of extremists, as they obviously at least frown sternly on them.