A board member with the Council on American Islamic Relations' (CAIR) Connecticut chapter reposted a video by a designated al-Qaida terrorist on his Facebook page last month and says Palestinian attacks against Israel aren't terrorist acts. Nonetheless, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., considers Mongi Dhaouadi his go-to guy on Muslim issues and has worked with him closely for the past six years. This relationship is particularly curious considering Blumenthal's strong statements of support for Israel.
Dhaouadi is a man of contradictions. On one hand, he says that Islam and terror do not mix.
"These terrorist groups don't represent our faith, do not represent our community. And so we want to make that clear to everyone who keeps saying that we don't hear enough from the Muslim community. We say it and we say it over and over again," Dhaouadi said in November 2015.