Dozens of legislators in California celebrated the Iftar dinner, a Muslim holiday event, at the state’s Capitol building in an event organized by the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), The Investigative Project on Terrorism reports. CAIR was listed as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the terrorism financing trial of the Holy Land Foundation, which was shut down for being a front for Hamas.
Iftar occurs during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and consists of eating a meal at night. Muslims are required to fast during the rest of the month, giving the meal special significance.
The room in the state’s Capitol building was reserved by Assemblyman Dave Jones.
According to a CAIR press release, 35 legislators in addition to Governor Schwarzenegger, the president of the State Senate, Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and the Assembly Speaker, Karen Bass, were co-hosting the event.
However, following the IPT’s report, a spokesperson for Speaker Bass told IPT that “The Speaker has nothing to do with this event. We have no idea how this came about.” Also denying giving his approval as a co-host was Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, who did not attend the event.
Governor Schwarzenegger did not attend the dinner but said wanted to support the Muslim holiday.
JihadWatch.org also pointed out that on September 1, the president of the Islamic Society of North America, Dr. Ingrid Mattson, attended a White House dinner in celebration of Ramadan. ISNA was listed as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the same trial as CAIR, although both tried to appeal the label.