Islamaphobia Influence Operation
Date: October 11, 2010
At its annual banquet, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad announced to launch an “Islamophobia Department” as a response to the “[…] small but vocal group of bigots and hate-mongers manufacture an atmosphere of anti-Islam hysteria through smear campaigns that rely on distortions, misinformation and outright falsehoods,” said Awad. “We have witnessed this un-American phenomenon before in the targeting of Jews, Catholics, African-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Native-Americans, and others. American Muslims are but the latest minority to feel the sting of prejudice and hate.”
“It will take joint efforts by people of goodwill of all faiths to challenge this epidemic of hate,” said Awad.
CAIR’s Islamaphobia Department is an equivalent to Organization of the Islamic Conference’s (OIC) Islamaphobia Observatory. Awad emphasized as early as 2007 that CAIR is ready “to extend all possible assistance to the OIC including sharing their report on Islmophobia.” In a meeting with the Secretary General of the OIC, Awad pointed out that “[t]he CAIR’S officials pointed finger at the Jewish organizations accusing them of building a theory that Muslim Americans are engaged in a conspiracy to overthrow the US constitution. He cited this false allegation as an act of Islamophobia.”