CAIR or the Council on American-Islamic Relations was created by those with deep ties to Hamas. CAIR's anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian terror beginnings are still being realized today. One place where this extremism exists in a big way is within CAIR's Florida chapter. At the end of April, CAIR-Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly promoted a video on social media lauding Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti as a "hero." For Shibly, this type of radical activity is far from out of the ordinary.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was created in June 1994 by an umbrella group led by then-global head of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook, called the Palestine Committee. CAIR was later named by the US government as a co-conspirator in federal trials dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas. CAIR had used its official website to raise money for the defendant in the trials, the Holy Land Foundation (HLF). Several CAIR representatives have served jail time or have been deported for terror-related activity, including former HLF head and founder of CAIR's Texas chapter, Ghassan Elashi.