The Investigative Project on Terrorism has a fantastic series on the Council on American-Islamic Relations:
” two key leaders of the group attended a 1993 meeting in Philadelphia called by Hamas members and supporters to devise a strategy for torpedoing the Oslo Accords aimed at Middle East peace.
An analysis of secret recordings of the meeting led the FBI to conclude that the gathering was held “to determine… [the participants'] course of action in support of Hamas’ opposition to the [Oslo] peace plan and to decide how to conceal their activities from the scrutiny of the United States government.”
At this meeting, which the FBI says was only attended by known members and supporters of Hamas, they discuss how to hide their links to Hamas, and how they had to watch the words they used. The FBI wiretapped the meeting and got this key exchange on tape:
“Awad: What is important is that the language of the address is there even
for the American. But, the issue is how to use it.
Omar Ahmad: There is a difference between you saying “I want to restore the ’48
land” and when you say “I want to destroy Israel”.
Awad: Yes, there are different but parallel types of address. There
shouldn’t be contradiction. Address people according to their minds.
When I speak with the American, I speak with someone who doesn’t know
anything. As for the Palestinian who has a martyr brother or something, I know how to address him, you see?”
At this meeting, the need to found a new organization that can more effectively pursue their political objectives is discussed. This meeting occurs in 1993. CAIR is formed in 1994.
The report also clearly ties CAIR to Muslim Brotherhood’s “Palestine Committee.” An internal report from this committee in 1994 refers to CAIR as one of its “working organizations” alongside the Islamic Association of Palestine, a group later shut down by the federal government for being a front for Hamas.
It should also be mentioned that CAIR was founded in 1994 by three top IAP officials, including the two individuals in the above exchange.
CAIR has also been listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial, an organization which CAIR held fundraisers for and has publicly defended (alongside IAP and many other terrorist fronts and convicted terrorists or criminals).
Next part in the series is about CAIR’s funding.