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CAIR Condemns ‘Dishonest and Dangerous’ AIPAC Ads Smearing Rep. Ilhan Omar, Calls on Facebook to Remove Islamophobic Posts 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/11/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an Islamophobic, dishonest and dangerous ad campaign launched by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar. 

AIPAC’s paid advertisement on Facebook displays a darkened image of Rep. Omar with text reading “For Ilhan Omar, there is no difference between America and the Taliban, between Israel and Hamas, between democracies and terrorism.” The image’s accompanying text post reads “Stand WITH America. Stand AGAINST Terrorists.” 

SEE: AIPAC Advertisement   

https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/aipac.png

In a statement, CAIR Deputy Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:  

“AIPAC has once again launched a dishonest and dangerous smear campaign against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. AIPAC’s attempt to spread this vile, Islamophobic language to Facebook users could incite threats of violence against Rep. Omar and other American Muslim leaders. Put simply, AIPAC’s bigotry is placing Ilhan Omar’s life at risk. Facebook should immediately take down these vile ads and congressional leaders must condemn AIPAC for continuing to incite Islamophobic hatred against Rep. Omar.” 

Mitchell noted that CAIR has previously called on congressional leaders to condemn Islamophobic ads targeting Omar.  

SEE: CAIR Calls on Congressional Leaders to Condemn AIPAC, Marjorie Taylor Greene for Islamophobic Attacks and Incitement Against Rep. Ilhan Omar  

CAIR has also condemned the increase in death threats targeting Omar.  

SEE: CAIR Condemns Increasing Death Threats Targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar  

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com 

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