Monday, October 15, 2007

CAIR Director Caught in a Blatant Lie

On September 10, 2003, in written testimony given to the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and Homeland Security, CAIR executive director Nihad Awad denied ever receiving money from the Hamas-linked Holy Land Foundation, and accused terrorism expert Steven Emerson of lying: "This is an outright lie," Awad said. "Our organization did not receive any seed money from HLFRD. CAIR raises its own funds and we challenge Mr. Emerson to provide even a shred of evidence to support his ridiculous claim ."

One shred of evidence, coming up.

As for the memo that reads "CBS," here's a possible reason for that: a month later Nihad Awad was interviewed on CBS' 60 Minutes:

November 13, 1994: During an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes, Nihad Awad was asked about anti-Semitic materials distributed by the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) with which he was associated and about Hamas:
WALLACE: (Voiceover) We asked him about the IAP pamphlets denigrating Jews.
Mr. AWAD: I asked them to remove that from the shelf, and I asked them to clean all these things because it does only damage to the organization and to the cause of the Palestinians – and to the Muslims in general.
WALLACE: What do you think of the military undertakings of Hamas?
Mr. AWAD: Well, I think that's—that's for people to judge there.
WALLACE: I'm asking you.
Mr. AWAD: The United Nations Charter grants people who are under occupation to defend themselves against illegal occupation.

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