Best Buy Ends Support of Terror-Linked CAIR after Boycott

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


bestbuy_texas_112111Last year, the Clarion Project launched a petition to boycott Best Buy in response to the company’s donations to a fundraiser for the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The company defended its actions in the name of “interfaith” relations, even after nearly 13,000 people signed the petition. The same annual fundraiser was recently held—and Best Buy’s name is missing from the list of sponsors. However, other sponsors remain and readers are encouraged to contact them.

The story begins last April when Islamist-Watch.org broke the story that Best Buy was a “Platinum Sponsor” of CAIR-MN’s annual fundraiser. Best Buy later said it donated $1,450 over two years to the event.

CAIR was designated by the federal government as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation for financing the Hamas terrorist group. The government listed CAIR as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, a secret body set up to politically support Hamas.

A 2007 federal court filing states, “From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists…the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.” In 2009, the unindicted co-conspirator designation was upheld because of “ample” evidence linking CAIR to Hamas.

The CAIR-MN fundraiser that Best Buy donated to had Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of “Ground Zero Mosque” fame as the keynote speaker. The Master of Ceremonies was Hussein Khatib, a former Holy Land Foundation official and designated unindicted co-conspirator. Federal prosecutors said he is among those who “are and/or were a part of the HAMAS’ social infrastructure in Israel and the Palestinian territories.” He is also on the National Board of American Muslims for Palestine, another radical group.

CAIR-MN was honored with CAIR-National’s “Chapter of the Year Award” on September 29, 2012.

Best Buy refused to express regret or to promise not to donate to CAIR in the future. The company said the donation was done by its Inter-Faith Employee Business Network and “Best Buy’s customers and employees around the world represent a variety of faiths and denominations and we respect our employees’ efforts to constructively promote diversity and education in their communities.”

That’s when the Clarion Project stepped in and started a petition to boycott Best Buy. It quickly spread and caught the attention of U.S. Marine James Canning who served in Iraq and Beirut, who responded with a video on YouTube.

“Because of this support Best Buy has been giving the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR, I can no longer conduct business with Best Buy,” he says as he snips his “Reward Zone” card in half. Shortly after the Daily Caller reported on it, PetitionBuzz.com suddenly removed the petition. It was later restored.

CAIR-MN held its sold-out fundraising banquet on April 13. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) were guest speakers. Best Buy was absent from this year’s list of sponsors.

However, others sponsored the fundraiser including: Walmart, Ameriprise Financial, Best Care, the National Lawyers Guild of Minnesota, Metro Health Care Services LLCUniversity of Minnesota Law School, Hamline University School of Law, Minnesota Interfaith Network and Jewish Community Action. Tellingly, their fellow sponsors are American Muslims for Palestine and the Muslim American Society, which federal prosecutors say was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” You can contact the sponsors at the links provided.

I contacted Walmart about the sponsorship. Spokesperson Delia Garcia said that the information about CAIR would be passed along to the appropriate people and it could affect future sponsorship:

Walmart is not a corporate sponsor of CAIR. At the local level, we empower our store managers to guide community relationships. Because of the unique needs of our workforce in the Twin Cities, Walmart representatives in our Minnesota market purchased a table at a broadly attended CAIR annual event. Our store managers re-evaluate their community involvement annually, so it’s important to note that our local relationships are subject to change.

Fundraisers and other events by groups like CAIR cost money and much of that money comes from businesses looking for an opportunity to advertise. They are sometimes small companies; ones whose stores you can call and talk to the manager. Others are large companies whose attention is harder to capture. We need to all do our part to educate them.

Nearly 13,000 people took action last year by signing the petition. They expressed their beliefs with their voices, Facebook postings, emails and wallets. And, apparently, they could not be ignored.

This article was sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

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  • Chezwick

    This kind of activism is an important part of the larger struggle against Islam. It's imperative that we try and make CAIR, the ICNA, the MAS, and the local chapters of the MSA every bit as radioactive as THEY'VE made Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Boycotts have their place, and certainly boycotting ANY entity which does business with CAIR should be on the tippy top. Why? Well, the reasons are manifestly urgent, if the goal is to protect the west – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/21/hamass-cair-i

    In effect, targeting CAIR is to support the survival of America, Israel and freedom as a whole!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • joe

    It's a sad day when the ignorance of a nation supports it enemy. " My people parish for lack of knowledge" There is nothing good in islam and should be treated like a cancer.

  • SteveGR

    To stop Muslims funding their global jihad we must boycott everything supported, made and sold by Muslims. That includes all Halal meat which is of particular concern. Every supermarket, restaurant and nearly all airlines now sell nothing but Halal slaughtered meat – which is utterly barbaric! To all readers. when shopping ask how the meat you intend to buy was slaughtered, if it was Halal buy elsewhere. Slowly, and surely we will stop this evil trade and prevent the endless suffering those poor animals endure at the knife of the Muslims.

    • mickeyobe

      Do not forget the billions of dollars of oil imported from Muslim countries not one of which is a democracy.
      Every one of them would rejoice at the downfall of the USA.

  • Cassandra

    I signed the petition and I am happy it worked. I also have signed many petitions to remove sponsors from Al jazeera network. It works . You have to keep doing it.

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    Let all supporters of Islam (esp. violent Islam) be on notice: We are sick and tired of jihad. We ALSO have the right to live and we won't tolerate the wanton barbarism that passes for "religion". The price for butchering your customers is that they don't buy from you. Islamic colonialism and imperialism exploits the West and "kaffirs" are seen as slaves of muslims by muslims and those who support violent jihad. Stop killing us, CAIR, Best Buy and WalMart. Slice up your own children if you are so into blood and death but leave us ALONE! You are barbaric — the lot of you!

  • DANSEAGULL44

    SCREW CAIR ; SCREW MOHAMMAD ; AND SCREW ALL PIGGISH ISLAMISTS !!!!!!!!

  • kafir4life

    Last May when I learned about best buy’s support for terrorism and its supporters at the terror supporting, hama-linked cair and its terrorist supporters, I wrote them and said that if it was true that they supported terror and terrorist supporters such as those at the terror supporting cair to please cancel my “rewards” account, to cancel my best buy credit card, and to remove me from every mailing list that I was on and to purge me from any and all of their systems. Following the email from best buy admitting and bragging about their support for terror and terrorist supporters at cair, I haven’t received anything from them since. Oddly enough, after not buying from them for over a year, I’m still not going to buy from best buy.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Even though I was unaware of this perfidy, I still don't do business with them. At least now I know why I got a creepy vibe every time I used to walk into one of their stores.

      They may think they're the only game in town…they're not. Besides…they don't sell anything we couldn't live without when push comes to shove anyway.

    • Kevin Stowell

      Thanks for the heads up.

  • mickeyobe

    Is Best Buy still owned by the same people that contributed so heavily to Arab terrorism?

  • RUI

    Funny how, whenever there's some "interfaith" initiative, it's Islam that always comes out on top. Maybe we'll live to see interfaith mosques in a not-so-distant future.

    • Looking4Sanity

      "interfaith" is a dog whistle code for "kiss Hadji's little brown butt". You are perceptive to have picked up on that fact.

  • Looking4Sanity

    "The company said the donation was done by its Inter-Faith Employee Business Network…to constructively promote diversity and education in their communities."

    What is the objective of business? To make profits. Anything that obstructs, or even fails to further, that end is a failed business model.

    Even captains of industry have fallen victim to political correctness. Just one more testimonial to the potency of PC poison.

  • mitkanadam

    Why Jewish Community Action? Are they so filled with self hatred that they want to bring down Israel and America?

  • Chiron_Venizelos

    We are known by the company we keep!