NTC Mobile Billboard Slams CAIR Leader for Anti-Israel Comments

New Tolerance Campaign Ad Condemns 13 U.S. Senators for Enabling the Council on American-Islamic Relations

On Friday, December 15, the New Tolerance Campaign (NTC) launched a new mobile billboard in Washington, D.C. condemning Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), for his anti-Israel remarks.

In a recent speech, Awad said he “was happy to see” the people of Gaza “break the siege” on Oct. 7, when Hamas launched a terrorist attack on Israel. The deadliest day in Israel’s history, the attack saw the massacre of 1,200 innocent soldiers and civilians on Israeli soil.

Following Awad’s statements, the White House swiftly slammed CAIR, calling Awad’s actions “shocking” and “antisemitic.” However, despite condemnation from the Biden administration, some members of Congress have still remained silent about Awad’s anti-Israel rhetoric.

The billboard specifically calls out 13 U.S. Senators who have enthusiastically supported CAIR in the past, urging them to step up and end their support for Awad. The officials include Sens. Michael Bennett (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.).

“The hateful comments made by Nihad Awad go against everything a democracy stands for,” said NTC president Gregory T. Angelo. “We must put an end to this antisemitic rhetoric and call out hate where it exists, especially when it comes from liberals who claim to be champions of tolerance. We deployed this billboard to hold elected officials accountable for enabling Awad and his anti-Israel group.”

The billboard also highlights Awad’s history of turning a blind eye to the allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct against Hassan Shibly, the once-prominent head of CAIR’s Florida chapter who resigned following high-profile abuse accusations from his then-wife.

You can view the digital graphics featured on the mobile billboard, which began around Capitol Hill and CAIR’s D.C. headquarters starting today, here.

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