The other week, when news broke out that Nihad Awad, Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), was honored with Harvard University's Robert Coles "Call of Service" Award, Hillel International took the unusual step of writing a letter to Harvard's president to protest.
"With its choice of honoree this year," wrote Hillel's president, Eric Fingerhut, the university "is applying its good name and reputation to a normalization or countenance of support for terror." In the early 1990s, the letter continued, "Mr. Awad was the public relations director for the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) which published and distributed a monograph entitled 'America's Greatest Enemy: The Jew! And an Unholy Alliance!'"
According to an autobiographical essay published in 2000, Awad joined the IAP shortly after the Gulf War and worked for the organization through the spring of 1994 before leaving to start CAIR that summer. Sometime prior to August of 1994, the monograph referred to by Fingerhut, a shockingly anti-Semitic pamphlet containing the work of a noted Holocaust denier, was published, bearing the group's logo on its cover.