by Samantha Rose Mandeles
Last Thursday, January 17, the Arkansas state House of Representatives introduced a bill “to encourage law enforcement to suspend contact and outreach with the Council on American-Islamic Relations” (CAIR).
Citing more than 10 examples of CAIR’s connections with terrorist organizations and operatives—including CAIR’s grants from the now defunct Holy Land Foundation, its designation as a terrorist group in the UAE, and the terrorism charges convictions of its former official, Abdurahman Alamoudi—the bill advises the state of Arkansas to follow in the footsteps of the FBI and heed “evidence demonstrating a relationship between CAIR and Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization of the United States Department of State.”
So far, CAIR has not commented on the proposed Arkansas bill. Though it has no chapter in the state, the group has recently inserted itself into controversy there. In December, CAIR condemned Arkansas state senator Jason Rapert after he expressed concern over the strength of the American Muslim electorate, asking “Do you want them ruling everything in America?”
Kudos Mr. Smith.