CAIR Leader Celebrates October 7 Massacre: White House Distances Itself

CAIR is a council of hate, a purveyor of lies.

Nihad Awad is the Executive Director of CAIR – the Council on American-Islamic Relations. In a recent speech, the CAIR leader celebrated the massacre of Jews on October 7, 2023. The White House has slowly distanced themselves from the organization but scrubbing them from a government publication. But the brainwashing of Americans is close to completion.

“The people of Gaza only decided to break the siege, the walls of the concentration camp, on October 7. And yes, I was happy to see people breaking the siege and throwing down the shackles of their own land, and walk free into their land, which they were not allowed to walk in. And yes, the people of Gaza have the right to self-defense, have the right to defend themselves, and yes, Israel, as an occupying power, does not have that right to self-defense…

Israel did not scare them, because they knew their heaven is in Gaza, and if they would like to die, they will go to another heaven. That is the faith of the people of Gaza. That is why Gaza and the people of Gaza were able to transform everyone who is watching – they have learned from these people. Those who felt bad for Gaza – they don’t understand the equation. Those who thought that Gazans are less than those who can help them, they are mistaken. They are mistaken. The Gazans were victorious.” Nihad Awad – translation by MEMRI

Their “heaven is in Gaza?” That may be news to the people of Gaza.


Hamas runs Gaza, not the “people of Gaza” so that statement by the CAIR leader is a complete lie. Hamas terrorists are evil monsters who are happy to behead babies, rape and murder women, torture and terrorize Israeli citizens, including children. Awad’s speech is riddled with lies and propaganda, even to saying the Israel has no right to defend itself. They are not “occupiers.”

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The White House on Thursday distanced itself from the Council on American-Islamic Relations after the leader of the Muslim advocacy organization gave a speech celebrating the Oct. 7 Hamas terror attack in Israel.

“We condemn these shocking, antisemitic statements in the strongest terms,” White House’s deputy press secretary Andrew Bates told Jewish Insider. “Every leader has a responsibility to call out antisemitism wherever it rears its ugly head.”

The White House faced criticism in May when its release of the National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism included a fact sheet that said CAIR would educate religious communities about protecting houses of worship from hate, given the organization’s history of antisemitic remarks. Today, CAIR’s name was deleted from that fact sheet, which the White House attributed to Awad’s comments. The Jewish Insider 

Though the White House moved to distance itself from CAIR, their vicious antisemitism is still visible for all to see. Distancing does not erase the lies and attempts to force Israel to create a ceasefire. The move also does not erase allowing a Muslim organization with past antisemitic stances to “educate” religious communities. And the CAIR leader is simply doing what this organization does best: side with the terrorists.


In 2007-8, CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the terror financing trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. That case, in turn, led the FBI to discontinue its work with the organization. In 2009, a federal judge ruled that the government “produced ample evidence to establish” the ties of CAIR with Hamas, the Palestinian terror organization. The United Arab Emirates labeled CAIR a terrorist organization in 2014 (a decision that the Obama administration opposed).

The Biden administration also worked with CAIR, despite its radical and antisemitic history, in shaping the so-called “strategy” on antisemitism earlier this year. As Breitbart News reported, CAIR boasted that it helped protect extreme criticism of Israel within the White House’s strategy, which was a reversal of existing policy under previous administrations of both parties. (Breitbart)

CAIR is closely aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood. From their platform they misinform Americans, our government officials, schools, and other institutions with the idea that they are just ordinary people with the ‘same values’ as ours. They most certainly do NOT.



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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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