(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/4/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed President Biden’s announcement that the U.S. will no longer support “offensive” operations in Saudi Arabia’s disastrous military campaign in Yemen.
Last week, CAIR called on the Biden Administration to fully end all military and political support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. That call came in response to President Biden’s decision to pause and review the previous administration’s multi-billion-dollar arms sale to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
CAIR continues to urge the Biden-Harris administration to completely cancel the “corrupt and dangerous” sale of U.S. military weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“CAIR welcomes President Biden’s decision to withdraw U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s disastrous military campaign in Yemen. Saudi Arabia’s military campaign – supported by the UAE – has long been plagued with war crimes committed by those two countries, resulting in the indiscriminate targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure, leaving Yemen impoverished and facing a humanitarian disaster.
“The Biden-Harris administration should take the next logical step and cancel the corrupt and dangerous sale of advanced U.S. fighter jets to the UAE, as approved by the prior administration.
“Our government should not be in the business of providing military support or selling billions in advanced weaponry to any country that violates human rights.”
In addition to committing war crimes in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have bolstering corrupt dictators and suppressing peaceful democrats across the Middle East in recent years. The UAE has also smeared American Muslim advocacy organizations for speaking out against human rights abuses in the region.
Following the brutal October 2018 murder of U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the CIA leaked an internal report concluding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the assassination.
In December, CAIR joined other human rights groups and members of congress in opposing the U.S.-UAE arms deal, which occurred as part of the “normalization” deal negotiated between the Israeli and UAE government by the Trump Administration.
CAIR has previously called on the government to stop supporting other foreign governments that use American military to violate human rights, including Burma, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and India.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La mision de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensian del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com