Defense of the Constitution
021/03 August 25,
is Mr. Hooper, CAIR spokesperson, afraid of? / Six Questions
Recently, ACAIR came
across an interesting article
by Ms. Rachel Neuwirth regarding a recent conversation she had with Mr.
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesperson for the Council on American Islamic
Relations (CAIR). In the article, Ms. Neuwirth asked Mr. Hooper six
simple questions that should have been very easy to answer. We quote
the first paragraph of
Ms. Neuwirth’s article:
“In late July,
I contacted Ibrahim Hooper, Spokesman and director of communications at
Council of American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR). When he returned my call, he presented
his point of view about the
Arab-Israeli conflict and militant Islam. When I reminded him
about CAIR’s record of openly
supporting Hamas, Hizbullah, and other organizations
deemed by the government to be
terrorists, he replied by telling me that
does not support these groups publicly.” But Hooper must have realized
he had said too much: he lost his composure and I suddenly
found myself listening to a dial
Ms. Neuwirth goes on to say that she immediately
called him back and Mr. Hooper told her to “Call me tomorrow
morning” and again hung up on her. Rather than do that, she sent
him an e-mail asking for clarification and she also posed him six
1. Does CAIR
accept the right of Israel to
exist as a Jewish state in its historic, biblical homeland, whose
“final” borders should be negotiated between the state of Israel
and representatives of Palestinian Arabs who have renounced violence?
2. Does CAIR
condemn Hezbullah as a terrorist
Does CAIR deem Hamas, Islamic Jihad Tanzim, Al-Aqsa Brigades,
Fatah, and other such groups as terrorist organizations, without making
a distinction between their political and military wings?
Does CAIR unconditionally condemn suicide/homicide bombing?
Does CAIR condemn all violence against civilians?
Does CAIR agree that a final resolution to the Arab-Israeli
conflict can be achieved only through political
negotiations, with no threat of a return to violence?
That’s it. Six very simple questions that
should be very easy for the spokesperson and communications director of
Americas “Premier Islamic Civil Rights Group” to answer. Why won’t Mr.
Hooper address her questions? What is it about Ms. Neuwirth that upsets
Mr. Hooper? What is it about Ms. Neuwirth that has Mr. Hooper so
petrified that he can’t respond to her e-mail?
Mr. Hooper knows very well that he and CAIR
are under the thumb of state sponsors of Islamist terrorism. No matter
which way he answers her questions, he can’t win. If he tells the
truth, he will expose CAIR’s connection to Wahhabi fanaticism and
Islamist terrorism. If he lies, he will hold himself, and CAIR, up to
ridicule in the Middle East. Will CAIR’s masters in Riyadh look kindly
on this? After all, CAIR has never condemned any Islamist terrorist act
until forced to do so, and then in
only a very condescending manner.
So what is it, Mr. Hooper? Are you going
answer Ms. Neuwirth’s questions, or remain true to your paycheck
signers in Riyadh?
ACAIR believes Mr.
Hooper will take the tried and true method: He will denounce Ms.
Neuwirth as an “Islamophobe” and refuse to answer her questions. If any
other “respectable” organization should try to follow up with the same
or similar questions, he will refuse to answer on the grounds that if
he did so, he would be “supporting the Islamophobe, Ms. Neuwirth”. Its
right out of the CAIR spokesperson handbook and in keeping with Mr.
Hooper’s philosophy of “If you can’t beat them, accuse them”.
It’s worked in the past…but will it work this time?
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