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Harvard gives prestigious award to Hamas-CAIR’s Nihad Awad — Sign Petition Demanding They REVOKE It

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These are Orwellian times, my friends. Is it any wonder that terror supporters and jihad-aligned Islamic groups are so smug?

Sign the petition HERE now.

Nihad Awad is to justice and mutual understanding what sharia is to freedom. He is an anathema to justice and mutual understanding.

The rise of jihad and sharia would have been impossible without the complete and unflagging support of the left. And Harvard’s imprimatur of legitimacy is the apex of such an axis of evil.

According to an internal document entered into evidence in the largest terrorist funding trial in our nation’s history, Hamas-tied CAIR, MAS, MSU, ISNA were working toward “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within, and sabotaging its miserable house….”

Many of CAIR’s leadership have been convicted of jihad-related crimes. They attack and dismantle America’s greatest freedoms through litigation jihad. They smear and destroy the voices of freedom via their well-paid hacks in the media. Over the past decades they have expended hundreds of millions of dollars to buy media and elected officials.

Nihad Awad asserted at a meeting at Barry University in the 90s, “I am a supporter of the Hamas movement.”

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 2.54.28 PMNihad Awad said

— Founding member and executive director of CAIR
— Supporter of Hamas
— Rejects Israel’s right to exist
— Suggested that Israel and Egypt played a part in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing
— Maintains that “many Presidents” of the United States “are servants to Israel” and to “the political authority of Jewish interests”
— Claims that America bore some of the blame for the 9/11 terrorist attacks

“Harvard Org to Honor CAIR Founder,” by Rachel Frommer, Washington Free Beacon, November 3, 2017:

Harvard University’s largest student-run organization will bestow a prestigious award Friday night on the founder and executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has ties to extremist and terror organizations.

The Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) will be giving its Robert Coles “Call of Service” award to Nihad Awad, for his work to “defend the rights of Muslims” and for advancing “justice and mutual understanding.”

An online petition with over 500 signatures outlines the concerns some have with Awad, including the fact that he and the organization he created were named as unindicted co-conspirators in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terror-financing case. Five Holy Land Foundation executives were found guilty of funneling millions of dollars to the terror group Hamas.

Awad also explicitly stated his support for the “Hamas movement” during a 1994 speech, write the petitioners.

Prior to founding CAIR, Awad worked as the public relations director for the Islamic Association of Palestine, which the petition notes was directly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

“While CAIR presents itself as a civil rights organization defending Muslims from discrimination, Awad’s organization has been criticized by many Muslims for claiming to speak in their name,” write the petitioners, citing a Gallup poll that showed fewer than 15% of Muslims think of CAIR as their voice.

Zainab Al-Suwaij, cofounder and executive director of the American Islamic Congress, said she was surprised a liberal university would give such an honor to an organization with CAIR’s history of ties radical Islamism.

“Especially considering the moment we are in right now, where we are all concerned with violent extremism and radicalization, in particular that of radical Islam,” said Al-Suwaij.

Al-Suwaij said she doubted any malice on the part of those who had decided to applaud Awad, chalking it up to ignorance.

“But they had to educate themselves about the history of who they are dealing with,” she said.

Al-Suwaij believes her organization, founded in the wake of 9/11 following what she described as disappointment with the her community’s “very defensive response,” is more representative of the average American-Muslim than CAIR.

“We have no history of supporting political Islam, and we don’t share CAIR’s victimhood [mentality],” she said. “CAIR jumps at every occasion to play the Islamophobia card. We don’t.”

A CAIR spokesperson did not respond to request for comment by press time.

Hillel International, one of the world’s largest Jewish campus organizations, sent a letter to Harvard President Drew Faust on Friday, urging her “to do whatever possible to reverse or speak out against” the PBHA decision, and for the student group to rescind the award.

“To honor Mr. Awad with such a prestigious award validates and glorifies his extremist views and actions, and provides him a prestigious forum to further his harmful oratory,” reads the letter, signed by Hillel International president and CEO Eric Fingerhut.

“We do not seek to ban any speech or speaker, but neither will we stand by when an institution as esteemed as Harvard honors a supporter of terrorist organizations and provides him with a prestigious platform to espouse his hateful views,” continues Hillel. “Until now, PBHA has developed a sterling reputation for public service. With its choice of honoree this year, PBHA is applying its good name and reputation to a normalization or countenance of support for terror. It is wrong for PBHA to teach by way of example that support of terror can be accepted or ignored.”

Rabbi Jonah Steinberg, executive director of Harvard Hillel, wrote on his blog that awarding Awad “is dismaying—and more than that, it is truly dangerous.”…

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