Press Releases

CAIR Commentary: Why President Biden’s Antisemitism Envoy Should Start Her Work by Apologizing for Her Remarks About Muslims and Migrants 

(WASHINGTON, D.C, 8/25/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today published a commentary calling on President Biden’s Antisemitism Envoy Deborah Lipstadt to apologize for her remarks about Muslims and immigrants. 

In its commentary, CAIR wrote in part:  

“Lipstadt certainly qualifies as an expert on antisemitism, and is well equipped to challenge the dangerous spread of this ancient form of racism and bigotry. 

“However, there is another side to Ms. Lipstadt: her own history of using bigoted rhetoric, including Islamophobic and anti-immigrant talking points. 

“In a series of opinion pieces published in The Forward and other outlets dating back to 2016, Lipstadt made critical and troubling remarks about Islam, Muslim refugees and, repeatedly, America’s most famous Jewish politician. 

“Writing for the Forward in 2015 following the Copenhagen shootings, Lipstadt stated that ‘we are fighting with Muslim extremism, not violent extremism.’ The violence, she said, was ‘directly connected to Islam.’ 

“In another Forward op-ed, Lipstadt further insists that ‘this is Islamic terrorism or, as some call it, jihadism.’ She explains that without making the connection between acts of terror committed by Muslims with Islam, ‘we will never be able to address or resolve the problem.’” 


CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.           

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.          

Become a Fan of CAIR on Facebook         

Subscribe to CAIR’s Email List

Subscribe to CAIR’s Twitter Feed        

Subscribe to CAIR’s YouTube Channel        

Follow CAIR on Instagram

Donate to CAIR

Do you like reading CAIR press releases and taking part in our action alerts? You can help contribute to CAIR’s work of defending civil rights and empowering American Muslims across the country by making a one-time contribution or becoming a monthly donor. Supporters like you make CAIR’s advocacy work possible and defeating Islamophobia an achievable goal. Click here to donate to CAIR

If you would like join CAIR’s media list, please sign up here: — For more information, email:, CC       


CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,  

Share on facebook
Share on twitter