In an e-mail announcement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad says developer Sharif El-Gamal will speak at the group's 16th annual fundraising banquet on Oct. 9 in Arlington, Va.
The event is part of the organization's leadership conference billed under the theme "Defining Our Faith, Defending Our Rights." Awad says Islamophobia has become a growing threat to American Muslims and must be "challenged vigorously, methodically and comprehensively."CAIR's Nihad Awad speaks with the Hezbollah flag off to the side
Who is also being honored at this fundraiser? Uncoverage reports that none other than anti-Semite Helen Thomas, who resigned from the White House Press Room after a video came out saying Jews in Israel should "get the Hell out of Palestine." Tariq Ramadan, who is the grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood founder, is also going to be a speaker.
CAIR has been suspected of ties to the Palestinian terror group Hamas, and was named an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the Holy Land foundation trial, a group which was found to funnel money to Hamas. In 2009, a former Hamas fundraiser spoke at a CAIR function.
Pamela at Atlas Shrugs wrote that she, Robert Spencer and James Lafferty (Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force) will be part of a protest of the event. If you're anywhere near Arlington, VA on Saturday, come on out!