CAIR Attacks the Foreign Policy Research Institute


CAIR’s Philadelphia chapter is holding a press conference tomorrow (Wednesday, March 17) at which it plans “to announce the launch of a nationwide campaign to challenge anti-Islam bias in a series of children’s books that the Washington-based Muslim civil rights group says promote ‘hostility toward Islam and suspicion of Muslims’.”

The reference is to a ten-volume series for middle-schools and high schools titled the “World of Islam” produced by the Foreign Policy Research Institute and published by Mason Crest Publishers. (For the record, in 1986-93, I served as director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute; I had no role in the “World of Islam” series.)

In advance of the press conference, it may be helpful to review an incriminating e-mail exchange among the CAIR staff about the series. It took place on December 9, 2009, when Moein M. Khawaja, “civil rights director” for CAIR’s Philadelphia office, sent a memo to the CAIR staff. Khawaja reported that he had gone through some of the Mason Crest volumes and flagged materials he disapproved of (such as, “The burqa is a visible symbol of European Muslims resistance to assimilation in society”).

Relying on an informant at Mason Crest, Khawaja then wrote:

I’ve been given the entire order list for this series (orders that came in up until yesterday).  This list shows which school districts and libraries have purchased the individual books or entire series – It is a nationwide campaign.  This is valuable information because we can contact each of them and explain that they really got propaganda. I’m not sure what legal issues there are here – but there has to be some sort of thing about masked propaganda in schools and libraries?

Karen Dabdoub of CAIR’s Cincinnati chapter replied later that day that she shared Khawaja’s concerns:

Many of these authors have names that at the very least sound Jewish and none that sound like Muslim names. While I know we can’t judge a book by its cover it still gives me reason to doubt the balance of the information in these books. I also noticed another book [published by Mason Crest - DP] on Islamic Fundamentalism and the glowing review they quote is from the Association of Jewish Libraries.

Still on December 9, Babak Darvish of CAIR’s Columbus office replied:

Good call Sr. Karen, the names do sound like that…one of them sounds almost Serbian/Romanian.  It sounds like everybody that has a beef with Islam is producing books to brainwash the youth with for the next generation.  This is really hateful and would be like Neo-Nazis writing books to teach about Judaism in Public schools.

Presumably the “almost Serbian/Romanian” name is that of the late Michael Radu, my onetime co-author and author of the recently published book, Europe’s Ghost:  Tolerance, Jihadism, and the Crisis of the West (Encounter).

Comments:

(1) This episode raises unsettling questions: What is CAIR doing with an “informant” inside Mason Crest Publishers? How many other publishing houses has it penetrated? And which other cultural institutions have staff more loyal to CAIR than to their employers?

(2) Remarks about authors’ names “that at the very least sound Jewish” and one that “sound almost Serbian/Romanian” give a sense of how CAIR staff think and write when they think they are not being watched, with biased and even racist attitudes toward Jews and Balkan peoples very much at odds with their usual public face. (That public face too sometimes lapses, as I documented at “Look Now Who’s Profiling – CAIR’s Staff Is.”)

(3) Even more alarming is the conclusion from the authors’ names that the Mason Crest series “is really hateful” and a comparison of it to “Neo-Nazis writing books to teach about Judaism in Public schools.” Implicit to this reasoning is the false and demeaning assumption that Jews and Balkan peoples may not write about Islam.

(4) I challenge Mason Crest Publishers to investigate which employee smuggled its proprietary information to CAIR and then inform the public of his or her identity.

(5) And I challenge CAIR to disown and disavow its staff’s anti-Semitic and racist statements.

Mr. Pipes (www.DanielPipes.org) is director of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.

  • ConcernedAmerican

    Having received stolen information…they need to be investigated and charged with the crimes and jailed for such actions.

  • http://www.EscapeFromAnArabMarriage.com Cassandra

    BRILLIANT!! I have just emailed Mason Crest to congratulate them and say I will be ordering the entire series within days.

    Have also warned them that CAIR will cme after them and have offered help and resources to get the word out about these books ASAP. iNFO NEEDS TO GO VIRAL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

    Any other educators out there, please contact everyone you know. Email me if you wish. This is urgent. Our children are at stake as is our country.

    Blessings,
    Cassandra

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  • ignoid

    As the Pope said of the Byzantine Emperor, 'Tell me, what has islam brought but destruction and death?'
    For real, what are islamic countries, as an economic indicator? Nothing but third world craven countries. The only thing we have to learn from them is how not to be. Christianity has made the West, not the other way around. And it's Christianity that has kept the West free from the tyranny of islam. As it should be.
    If I see those books in my kid's schools, my first reaction is to throw them out and burn them. But, no, it's better to point out the pointlessness of them and then ridicule them. Christianity has withstood ridicule, can islam? I doubt it.

    • Alex

      talking about Chrisitanity and adressing/supporting the Jews at the FPRI ?? Something went wrong here..

  • CassandrasHubby

    Christianity withstood ridicule because you allowed it as your faith was not as strong. With Muslims, I guess it is otherwise. They stand strong to their faith

  • Stephen D.

    The crux of this post is that CAIR spouts off about a harmless statement of fact as contained in the text book; "The burqa is a visible symbol of European Muslims resistance to assimilation in society." Then goes on to make determination as to motive of the publishers based upon what ethnicity their names sound like! The audacity is astounding!! Great find Mr. Pipes. Please push this and get them to answer for it. I'd also ask that you question them as to their stand on the Palestinian Text books that call for Jihad against ALL Jews and Infidels and how it is Holy to kill yourself in this cause. Do they condemn such text books as vehemently?

  • kafir&proud

    Wait a minute! Isn't the burka a visible sign of European muslims resistance to assimilation? Isn't cair an unindicted co-conspirator in terrorist financing? Isn't cair a terrorist / terrorist suporting organizations with known ties to designated terrorist groups? Doesn't cair get the bulk of their funding from terrorists and known terrorist supporting counties? Why do they still exist?

    • kafir&proud

      I meant "countries", but considering Dearborn MI, it may have been a fruedian slip.

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    Part 1: Islam is view one can hold. A conviction or a set of beliefs. Just as political views, convictions or beliefs. Any belief – be that political or religious – must accept discussion, critique, ridicule, satire, offences and all else.

    No conviction is above this democratic right granted to all of us. Religious racism makes just as much sense as political racism. Is that next? Leftists demanding a stop for political racism? They already scream racist after everyone who don't agree with them.

    It is of vital importance that we all address the islamists demands for special treatment each and every time we meet them.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/universalgeni Universalgeni

    The spamfilter ate part 2. :-)

  • infidel23

    Mr. Pipes, do you have a plant in CAIR?

  • David Goldberg

    Nothing that was said was racist or anti-semetic, it was a factual statement that the people writing these books were from an Islamophobic backround. ie Serbs and Israelis. Everybody in the world knows that, that is why you will never get a real audience with people who have a mind!

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    No conviction is above this democratic right granted to all of us. Religious racism makes just as much sense as political racism. Is that next? Leftists demanding a stop for political racism? They already scream racist after everyone who don't agree with them.

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    Many of these authors have names that at the very least sound Jewish and none that sound like Muslim names. While I know we can’t judge a book by its cover it still gives me reason to doubt the balance of the information in these books. I also noticed another book [published by Mason Crest - DP] on Islamic Fundamentalism and the glowing review they quote is from the Association of Jewish Libraries.

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    'Good call Sr. Karen, the names do sound like that…one of them sounds almost Serbian/Romanian. It sounds like everybody that has a beef with Islam is producing books to brainwash the youth with for the next generation. This is really hateful and would be like Neo-Nazis writing books to teach about Judaism in Public schools."

    Racism is alive and well and this is evidence of that!