October 24th, 2007 14:45 EST
Rudy Giuliani to drop a campaign advisor
A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani to drop a campaign advisor who offers rhetorical support to a group designated as "terrorist" by the U.S. government.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Daniel Pipes, who recently signed on to Giuliani's campaign as a foreign policy advisor, is a vocal supporter of the terror group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). Earlier this year, Pipes even participated in a foreign rally for MEK leader Maryam Rajavi.
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MEK has been designated as a "foreign terrorist organization" since 1997. In 2003, that designation was amended to include the group's aliases - the National Council of Resistance (NCR) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
SEE: Designation of National Council of Resistance and National Council of Resistance of Iran
Pipes, who is regarded by Muslims and other observers as one of America's leading Islamophobes, also has a long history of hostility to the American Muslim community and to the protection of civil liberties.
In 2001, Pipes claimed the "presence" and "enfranchisement" of American Muslims present "true dangers to American Jews." He recently renewed a call to "raze" Palestinian villages from which anti-Israeli attacks are launched.
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In 2004, Pipes said he supported the widely-repudiated internment of Japanese-Americans. He wrote: "Yes, I do support the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II." Pipes has also stated that the views of far-right French racist Jean-Marie Le Pen "represent an important outlook in the national debate over immigration and Islam." He supports racial and religious profiling of Muslims and Arabs.
Pipes is currently a featured speaker for a series of "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week" lectures at university campuses nationwide. Other speakers on that lecture tour include Islamophobes such as Robert Spencer and Ann Coulter.
Spencer recently offered a keynote address at a European gathering that included representatives of racist or "neo-Nazi" political parties. Coulter has referred to Muslims as "rag heads" and recommended that the United States invade Muslim countries, kill their leaders and convert everyone to Christianity. She recently caused outrage in the Jewish community for comments viewed as anti-Semitic.
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CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787 or 202-341-4171, E-Mail: email@example.com
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