By: Ismail Allison, CAIR National

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This week, the people of Bosnia and others around the world commemorated the worst genocide committed in Europe since the Holocaust.

Between July 11th and July 22nd, 1995, Bosnian Serb forces massacred over 8,000 Muslim Bosniak men and boys in the U.N. Safe Area of Srebrenica and buried their victims in mass graves in the surrounding countryside, while Dutch U.N. peacekeepers looked on and did nothing. Human remains are still being unearthed in the area to this day — nine newly discovered…


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By: Ismail Allison, CAIR National

Last Thursday, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan publicly revealed that he accepts the Chinese government’s claim that it is not perpetrating a genocide against its Uyghur Muslim population.

In an appearance on a Chinese broadcast, Khan cited Pakistan’s “extreme proximity and relationship with China” as the reason for trusting the Chinese Communist Party, which he also praised for highlighting the one-party system as an effective alternative to Western democracy.

These comments echo Khan’s defense of China during an interview with Axios last…


Delegates gather for Muslim Hill Day pre-pandemic in 2019.

By Robert McCaw & Ismail Allison, CAIR National

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Before the pandemic struck, American Muslims had maintained an annual political tradition for five years straight: uniting on Capitol Hill every summer for National Muslim Hill Day.

Organized by the US Council of Muslim Organizations, the annual event normally brings as many as 500 delegates from across the country together for a day of meetings with congressional offices to discuss policy issues important to the Muslim community.

Although COVID-19 led the cancellation of Muslim Hill Day in 2020, USCMO…


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By Ismail Allison, CAIR National

Critical race theory is a sinister ideology at the core of an extremist movement that seeks to paint all White people as racist and destroy America — this is the lie that far-right demagogues are working around the clock to instill in the minds of millions of Americans.

This bizarre narrative, which claims that a framework of legal and sociological analysis poses an existential threat to America, bears a striking resemblance to another conspiracy theory that has been pushed by the irrational…


By: Nihad Awad and Ismail Allison, CAIR National

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As part of its campaign of genocide against its Uighur population, the Chinese government is actively working to wipe out any trace of Uyghur culture and history, especially the community’s Islamic identity.

By building a Hilton hotel on the site of a mosque demolished by bulldozers in the city of Hotan in Xinjiang Province, the Hilton Corporation is helping China accomplish its genocidal goal.

As Hilton must know by now, China has a long history of severe repression against…


By Ismail Allison, CAIR National Intern

Imagine being robbed of everything you own in broad daylight. Imagine a criminal taking away your wallet, your car, your house, even your family. Imagine dozens of onlookers who could call for help simply ignoring what’s happening to you. Or worse, imagine the onlookers praise the robber and condemn you as the criminal.

This is the situation that Palestinians living under Israeli occupation have experienced every day for decades. Robbed of their very lives while numerous foreign governments and media outlets stand by, watching.

For many Palestinians, social media has been the best way…


By Huzaifa Shahbaz

On Monday, five members of a Canadian Muslim family went out for a walk in London, Ontario. Four of them never returned home.

According to Canadian law enforcement, an anti-Muslim extremist deliberately crashed his car into the family at an intersection, killing a 74-year-old grandmother, a 46-year-old father, a 44-year-old mother, and their 15-year-old daughter, nearly wiping out three generations of a single family.

The driver, Nathaniel Veltman, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder, as well as one count of attempted murder for targeting a nine-year-old boy, who was the only member of his…


By Huzaifa Shahbaz

As protesters, elected officials, journalists, and human rights activists across America vocally criticized Israel’s escalating human rights abuses on the Palestinian people last month, Israel advocacy groups in the United States were faced with a persistent challenge: if you cannot defend inhumane Israeli policies on their merits, how do you silence Israel’s critics and change the conversation?

Enter the Anti-Defamation League, which publicly claimed that criticism of the Israeli government by supporters of Palestinian human rights had led to a sudden and sharp uptick in antisemitic incidents across America.

That claim drew media attention away from the…


By Ismail Allison, CAIR National

Times are changing. For decades, the dominant narrative in American politics depicted Israel as a peaceful democratic nation defending its existence from fanatical, irrational Palestinian terrorists who have no interest in dialogue.

That was then. This is now. The American public’s response to Israel’s recent human rights abuses against Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah, at Masjid Al-Aqsa and in Gaza have revealed that our national discourse on Palestine has radically — and perhaps permanently — changed in at least three ways:

1. Courage and Condemnation from Elected Officials

Unequivocal and uncritical support for Israel has been…


By Edward Ahmed Mitchell & Huzaifa Shahbaz

In the name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. All praise and thanks belong to God, Lord of the Worlds. May peace and prayers be upon Prophet Muhammad and his family.

What do you know about “Sharia law?” If you’re not a Muslim, this might seem like a loaded question to ask of someone who is a Muslim. But there are actually plenty of circumstances in which it would be appropriate to ask the question. During an interfaith event at a mosque. At an academic conference about religion. …

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