WASHINGTON: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Friday offered what it called a “mixed” review of President Obama’s outreach to the Muslim world one year after his historic speech in Cairo.
At a news conference in Washington, CAIR issued a statement analyzing the Obama administration’s actions in the past year and how those actions matched statements made at the Cairo address.
In summarizing that analysis, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said: “The president has done a solid job in setting a new tone in relations with the Muslim world, standing by Muslim appointees who were subjected to political smears and undertaking positive initiatives such as the Muslim entrepreneurship summit.
“However, we remain concerned about issues such as the ability of American Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation of zakah, or charitable giving. We are also concerned that national security issues are being used as a cover for the erosion of American Muslim civil liberties.
“Overseas, our nation appears on target in meeting its timetable for leaving Iraq. But violence is escalating in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and given the disturbing news out of the Middle East this week, we believe it is time for our government to demand an end to Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza.” (More)