USA - CAIR supports member that said 'Zionist synagogues' behind Islamophobia

After the outrage following remarks by CAIR San Francisco executive-director Zahra Billoo, who said that Jewish Zionist organizations are “enemies” who are part of a conspiracy behind Islamaphobia, the Council on American-Islamic Relations came out in support of Billoo on Saturday and defended her speech as misquoted.

After Billoo’s address at the American Muslims for Palestine’s (AMP) Annual Convention for Palestine on November 27, “anti-Muslim websites misquoted Zahra’s remarks and falsely claimed that she had discouraged Muslims from working with Jewish groups at-large,” CAIR said in a statement on Saturday.

“This is a blatant lie,” CAIR said. “In fact, Zahra praised the many Jewish activists and groups that support human rights for all people, including Palestinians, and specifically encouraged Muslims to engage in interfaith collaboration with Jewish organizations such as IfNotNow and Jewish Voice for Peace. We strongly condemn this online smear campaign against our sister and colleague, Zahra Billoo.”

CAIR said that they would “continue to proudly stand by Zahra and all American Muslim leaders who face smears and threats because they dare to express an opinion about Palestinian human rights.”

CAIR blasted ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt – whose organization was listed as an “enemy” by Billoo, for his response to Billoo’s remarks, in which he stated that her speech “is textbook vile, antisemitic, conspiracy-laden garbage attacking the mainstream US Jewish community. It sounds like something you would expect from white supremacists.”

Source: jpost