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Senator Boxer Rescinds Award to CAIR after Americans Against Hate and CAIR Watch alerts her to group's terror ties

December 22, 2006

December 22, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (info@americansagainsthate.org)

SENATOR BOXER RESCINDS AWARD TO CAIR

AAH IS PROUD OF SENATOR FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING

(Coral Springs, FL) Americans Against Hate (AAH), a civil rights organization and terrorism watchdog group, appreciates the decision made by United States Senator Barbara Boxer to rescind the award her office had presented to the Executive Director of CAIR-Sacramento Basim Elkarra.

Both CAIR and Elkarra have exhibited the type of extremist behavior that is not worthy of awards or accolades. Former officials from CAIR are currently in prison, serving time for terrorist-related crimes involving Hamas and Al-Qaeda. In fact, CAIR can thank Mousa Abu Marzook, the second in command of Hamas today, for its very existence.

Unfortunately, too many in America's government, media and religious institutions have made CAIR out to be a legitimate group, rarely mentioning its numerous ties to terrorism. AAH and its subdivision CAIR Watch were created to expose CAIR and others like it for having these ties.

AAH Chairman Joe Kaufman stated, "We are proud of Senator Boxer. By taking back this award, the Senator has shown that she is conscious of the 'extreme' problems that Basim Elkarra and his group, CAIR, pose to the public. We only hope that others recognize this, as well, and never again think about granting CAIR or its representatives any type of award."

See also 'U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer Gives Award To CAIR Extremist: AAH Calls on Senator Boxer To Withdraw Award'

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: info@americansagainsthate.org.

MIM: Original press release to Senator Boxer

December 19, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (info@americansagainsthate.org)

U.S. SENATOR BARBARA BOXER GIVES AWARD
TO CAIR EXTREMIST

AAH CALLS ON SENATOR BOXER TO WITHDRAW AWARD

(Coral Springs, FL) Americans Against Hate (AAH), a civil rights organization and terrorism watchdog group, is calling on United States Senator Barbara Boxer to rescind the award she has presented to the Executive Director of CAIR-Sacramento Basim Elkarra. The award, a certificate of achievement for "outstanding service," was given to Elkarra earlier this month.

As Executive Director, Basim Elkarra has defended someone that trained for jihad in a Pakistani terrorist camp; he has defended an imam that urged a Pakistani crowd to wage attacks on America; and he has defended an imam that was attempting to build an Islamic school for the purpose of teaching children how to commit violent acts against Americans. As well, Elkarra has described Israel as a "racist" and "apartheid" state, and he has moderated an event that featured a Hamas operative who spent five years in an Israeli prison and who is currently on trial in the U.S.

The organization Elkarra is affiliated with, CAIR, has a number of ties to Islamic extremism. Four officials from CAIR have been charged with terrorist activity, two convicted and two deported. CAIR is currently the defendant in a lawsuit put forward by the family of FBI Agent John O'Neill for the group's role in the 9/11 attacks. CAIR solicited funds for two "charities" whose accounts were frozen by the Department of Treasury for financing Hamas and Al-Qaeda. And CAIR's parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), was shut down, shortly after it was found liable for the murder of an American boy during a Hamas attack.

AAH Chairman and founder of CAIR Watch, Joe Kaufman, stated, "Both Elkarra and the organization he represents exhibit behavior that is unworthy of such an honor as Senator Boxer has bestowed. We therefore demand that Senator Boxer withdraw the award immediately."

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: info@americansagainsthate.org.

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