The attempts of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in the process of polarization within the American society

 All indicators within the American society indicate that (the Organization of American Islamic Relations “CARE”) is considered a complex and intertwined organization, and it surpasses many civil work organizations inside the United States, as it has become to talk about (the huge funding network enjoyed by the “CARE” organization and the presence of more than 35 organisations). In addition to the intertwining of the institution’s relations with a network of American intellectual centers and official and human rights institutions at the national level at home, in addition to its well-known international network of extended international relations, especially in the British capital London, and its relationship with more than 40 British institutions, accused and suspected of their ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.  The Organization of American Islamic Relations, or its acronym internationally, known as: CARE, was also known to be rooted and extended in all American institutions, including American decision-making circles. It is the first place that all American Muslims communicate with, especially when they face any crises.

   It is known in the United States of America that (the Organization of American Islamic Relations or “CARE”) is a complex organization in terms of political and structural, as well as the ongoing questions about its sources of income and funding, especially if we know according to the principle of American disclosure of funding sources and budgets for all American institutions and organizations. Through this disclosure of the size of the income and private activity of the Organization of American Islamic Relations, it became clear that its main office in Washington, DC, is managed with an annual budget of four million dollars. It appears through those local branches affiliated with it, which are spread in 20 American states, all of which follow the rules, principles of work and guidelines of the parent organization in Washington, DC, and all branches of the organization and its main branch in Washington are active in collecting donations in millions from various sources, including non-Muslim American personalities. Basically, the (Organization of American Islamic Relations or “CARE”) has human rights, political and legal activities, and enjoys great independence within American society. Employees within (the Organization of American Islamic Relations or “CARE”) also joked that the organization is similar to (McDonald’s) fast food restaurants, in reference to the many daily, continuous and surprising activities of the organization.

    And we cannot talk about the main role of “CAIR” within the American society, without constantly talking about his confrontations with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, known as the “FBI”, on this one hand. But, on the other hand, the Organization of American-Islamic Relations or “CAIR Commission” was known for its relations with the American administration itself and the White House in Washington, and the famous public meetings between the leaders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations inside the White House itself with American presidents, and its constant invitation within the corridors of political decision-making.  American.  The beginning of the council’s relations with American presidents, mainly since the events of September 11, 2011, indicates the necessity of (the Organization of American Islamic Relations or “CARE Commission”) to represent the Muslim American community among Muslim leaders with former President “George W. Bush” in the White House, especially with the increase of racism  And the anti-Muslim rhetoric in all American states after the well-known September events, and from here, the “CAIR” commission has the opportunity to hold several meetings with former President “George W. Bush” in order to draw clear lines between moderate American Muslims, and to differentiate between them and the radical extremists who destroyed the World Trade Center in Washington.

  The Organization of American Islamic Relations or “CAIR” has faced several problems and disturbances, and complaints and reports against it have been submitted to federal prosecutors, and the Federal Investigation Agency, known as the (FBI).  The US Department of Justice has also opened a previous investigation into the council’s foreign relations, especially with the Islamic movement (Hamas) in Palestine, and its classification as a terrorist in the United States of America, accusing it of adopting a number of suicide operations against the Israelis. The remarkable thing here is the exclusion of the (US Department of Justice) of CARE from the list of accusations of secret, ambiguous or secret relations with the Palestinian Hamas movement, at a time when (the US Department of Justice) condemned and made explicit and public accusations against the largest Islamic charitable organization in the United States of America, known as (The Holy Land Society), or as it is known in the United States, as the (Holy Land Foundation), accusing it of transferring funds to Hamas in Palestine.  While no accusing finger was ever directed at “CAIR”, despite the existence of previous suspicions around it in this context, especially with the increasing severity of previous federal statements about the activity of the work of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and its foreign relations with Hamas.

  Although the US Department of Justice acquitted “CAIR” about its suspicious and secret relations with Hamas, the Anti-Defamation League published a public memo, describing the Organization of American Islamic Relations, or “CAIR”, as having an anti-Israel agenda, and provided details of CAIR’s relationship with extremist groups. After that, former US Attorney General “Michael Mukasey” published an article in public, accusing the “CAIR” Foundation of concealing internal extremism and its foreign relations with Hamas and extremists.  However, the response of the Council of Islamic Relations came with indifference and indifference to that.

    The most dangerous thing for me, and worthy of discussion, analysis and study here, is what was leaked in several American reports, that the Federal Investigation Agency “FBI” has an official policy not to deal with “CAIR” except in certain cases, although there are suspicions about it in other files are dangerous, but nothing is directed at them.  Most notably, all other federal agencies, including the White House at the present time, are all dealing with “CAIR” openly, and coordinating with it their policies regarding Muslims inside and outside American society.  Knowing that there are intense and ongoing discussions so far within the US White House about the mechanism of dealing with or ignoring “CAIR”.

   Here, the most prominent members of the (Organization of American Islamic Relations or “CARE”) complained that there are federal wiretaps on them, because of all those previous investigations with them, related to their financing of Hamas, but the Federal Investigation Commission “FBI” did not make any decision or accusation on them. Hence, we understand the extent of the power, penetration and influence that “CAIR” enjoys in the American interior, and the extent of the intertwining and strength of its international and internal relations.

Dr.Nadia Helmy
Dr.Nadia Helmy
Associate Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Politics and Economics / Beni Suef University- Egypt. An Expert in Chinese Politics, Sino-Israeli relationships, and Asian affairs- Visiting Senior Researcher at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES)/ Lund University, Sweden- Director of the South and East Asia Studies Unit