Foreign Funding/Foreign Coordination/Political Influence Operation

Type: Pledge/Endowment/Property

Date: 05/21/06

Thing of Value: Endowment property for CAIR in the U.S.

Principal: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum on behalf of UAE government

Country: United Arab Emirates (UAE)


“Hamdan okays setting up endowment in US

“Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry, has endorsed a proposal to build a property in the United States to serve as an endowment for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), according to a senior official at the Washington DC-based organisation.

‘The endowment will serve as a source of income and will further allow us to reinvigorate our media campaign projecting Islam and its principles of tolerance, which is based on promotion of peace, co-existence and dialogue among various religions and cultures,’ said Nihad Awad, Executive Director of CAIR, following a meeting here on Saturday between Sheikh Hamdan and representatives of the North American organisation.

Paul Findley, who headed CAIR’s delegation to the meeting, said he briefed Sheikh Hamdan on the council’s strategic plan on correcting the image of Islam and Muslims among the American public. Awad said his council values highly the stances of Sheikh Hamdan and Al Maktoum Charity Foundation for supporting its plans to promote dialogue. The Council on American-Islamic Relations seeks to empower the North American Muslim community through political and social activism.” (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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