The Board Chair of Oregon’s chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group that is linked to HAMAS and is a designated terror organization in the United Arab Emirates, aligned himself with Antifa in the wake of journalist Andy Ngo’s savage beating in Portland over the weekend.
Zakir Khan first suggested that Ngo was not a journalist, which has been a common tactic in de-legitimizing the attack against him, as though somehow beating a private citizen who is not a journalist makes Antifa more virtuous.
“It’s weird that even Fox News describes Andy in a better way than everyone else right now: ‘One of those injured was Andy Ngo, a conservative writer who appeared to have been attacked by Antifa members, the Oregonian reported.’ Notice the word journalist does not appear there,” he said on Twitter.
He then encourage further verbal attacks against Ngo.
“I encourage every Portland journalist to share their story of Andy Ngo’s harassment,” he said.
When conservative blogger, commentator, and author Michelle Malkin started a GoFundMe to pay for Ngo’s medical bills, the CAIR official proceeded to attack Malkin.
“Michelle Malkin is raising money for Andy. Her last targeting of us resulted in us getting more death threats. She is upset that we blocked her because death threats are tiresome to deal with. Michelle why won’t you raise money for us?” he said.
Khan managed to bash Malkin for doing something kind, play the victim, and attempt to fundraise for his own group off of the beating of conservative journalist. He sent another Tweet with the same sentiment.
“We’re survivors too Michelle. Survivors of your followers threats. Are you going to condemn them?” he continued.
Of course, Khan provided no evidence of the alleged death threats he’s received due to Malkin’s “targeting.”
Laura Loomer is currently suing CAIR alongside Twitter for its alleged role in getting her banned from Twitter.
“As reported in the Wall Street Journal, Loomer’s ban came at the instigation of CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) and was carried out shortly after CAIR’s meeting with Twitter executives,” Loomer said. “Loomer has been a frequent critic of CAIR and its CAIR Florida affiliate, as well as their ‘favorite daughters,’ Congressional Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.”
The National Review explained why it believes CAIR is rightly labeled a terrorist organization in the UAE in a 2014 piece:
CAIR can rightly be so characterized. True, it does not set off bombs, but, as the UAE’s foreign minister explains, “Our threshold is quite low. . . . We cannot accept incitement or funding.” Indeed, CAIR incites, funds, and does much more vis-à-vis terrorism:
It apologizes for terrorist groups: Challenged repeatedly to denounce Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups, CAIR denounces the acts of violence but not their sponsors.
It is connected to Hamas: Hamas, designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. and many other governments, indirectly created CAIR and the two groups remain tight. Examples: In 1994, CAIRhead Nihad Awad publicly declared his support for Hamas; the Holy Land Foundation (HLF), a Hamas front group, contributed $5,000 to CAIR; in turn, CAIR exploited the 9/11 attacks to raise money for HLF; and, this past August, demonstrators at a CAIR-sponsored rally in Florida proclaimed “We are Hamas!”
It settled a lawsuit: CAIR initiated a libel lawsuit in 2004 over five statements by a group called Anti-CAIR. But two years later, CAIR settled the suit with prejudice (meaning that it cannot be reopened), implicitly acknowledging the accuracy of Anti-CAIR’s assertions, which included:
“CAIR is a terrorist supporting front organization that is partially funded by terrorists”;
“CAIR . . . is supported by terrorist supporting individuals, groups and countries”;
“CAIR has proven links to, and was founded by, Islamic terrorists”; and
“CAIR actively supports terrorists and terrorist supporting groups and nations.”
It includes individuals accused of terrorism: At least seven board members or staff at CAIR have been arrested, denied entry to the U.S., or were indicted on or pled guilty to (or were convicted of) terrorist charges: Siraj Wahhaj, Bassem Khafagi, Randall (“Ismail”) Royer, Ghassan Elashi, Rabih Haddad, Muthanna Al-Hanooti, and Nabil Sadoun.
It is in trouble with the law: Federal prosecutors in 2007 named CAIR (along with two other Islamic organizations) as “unindicted co-conspirators and/or joint venturers” in a criminal conspiracy to support Hamas financially. In 2008, the FBI ended contacts with CAIR because of concern about its continuing terrorist ties.
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