Cyrus McGoldrick, the head of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), has announced his departure from the organization. This comes just weeks after McGoldrick was exposed for mimicking a slogan from Hamas calling for Israel's destruction.
On his Facebook page, on Monday, January 7, McGoldrick stated, "It is with a heavy heart but also some excitement that I announce my departure from CAIR-New York." He did not say why he was leaving CAIR, though he did ask those reading of his departure to "forgive me my shortcomings." It was these shortcomings that might have pushed him out of the group.
On November 29, 2012, McGoldrick tweeted and posted to his Facebook page, "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free." Palestinian militants, including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), have been using this slogan for years. The river represents the Jordan River, and the sea is the Mediterranean – both sides of Israel. It denotes an end to Israel's existence.