U.S. Institute of Peace asked to reject Daniel Pipes' nomination

U.S. Institute of Peace asked to reject Daniel Pipes' nomination

CAIR today called on the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) to reject the nomination of a 'Muslim-basher’ to its board of directors. (SEE: www.usip.org) In a letter faxed to USIP President Dr. Richard Solomon CAIR explained why pro-Israel commentator Daniel Pipes would be an inappropriate choice for the institute’s board.

SEE: Muslims protest Bush nominee

CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote:

“Unfortunately, no credible Muslim leader in the United States or around the world could cooperate with an organization in which Pipes has a decision-making role. For example, it would be extremely difficult for Muslim representatives to take part in USIP’s Special Initiative on the Muslim World if Pipes joined the board. Instead of 'increasing the prospects for long-term understanding between the Western and Islamic worlds,’ Pipes’ bigoted views have been instrumental in widening the divide between faiths and cultures.”

Awad also noted that because the institute’s board already has a representative from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), it does not need another member with “extremist pro-Israel views.” Pipes has been quoted as saying: “The Palestinians are a miserable people...and they deserve to be.” His personal web site was built and is maintained by an Israeli settler.

Last week, CAIR urged President Bush to rescind Pipes’ nomination because of his “long history of advocating the political disenfranchisement and marginalization of America’s Islamic community.” (The institute's board of directors is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.) CAIR cited an October 21, 2001, speech before the convention of the American Jewish Congress, in which Pipes stated: “I worry very much from the Jewish point of view that the presence, and increased stature, and affluence, and enfranchisement of American Muslims...will present true dangers to American Jews.”

Pipes has called for increased surveillance of ordinary American Muslims and claims 10 to 15 percent of Muslims are “potential killers.” He has also decried any positive portrayal of Islamic history and beliefs in public schools and termed the PBS documentary “Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet” an “outrage.” Last year, Pipes faced a storm of criticism when he launched Campus Watch, a web site that included “dossiers” on professors and academic institutions thought to be too critical of Israel or too sympathetic to Islam and Muslims.

SEE: Who is Daniel Pipes?

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL. Hostile comments will harm the image of the Muslim community.)

1. Contact the United States Institute of Peace to respectfully request that they maintain their independence, credibility and objectivity by urging President Bush to withdraw Pipes’ nomination. (If you already sent a message to President Bush on this issue, just modify it and send it to the USIP.)

CONTACT:

Dr. Richard Solomon
President
United States Institute of Peace
1200 17th Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036

TEL: 202-457-1700
FAX: 202-833-1778

E-MAIL: rsolomon@usip.org, jbrinkley@usip.org, wopperer@usip.org, muslimworld@usip.org, religion@usip.org

2. Contact President Bush to respectfully request that he rescind Daniel Pipes’ nomination to the board of the United States Institute of Peace. GOTO: http://capwiz.com/cair/home/


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