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CAIR Joins Boycott of White House Eid Celebration in Response to Biden Administration’s Defense of Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Civilians

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WASHINGTON – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that it will join other Muslim organizations in boycotting the White House’s virtual Eid celebration due to the Biden Administration’s “incredibly disappointing and deeply disturbing” response to the Israeli government’s human rights abuses against Palestinians in Gaza and East Jerusalem. 

The “White House Virtual Eid Celebration” is scheduled to take place online on Sunday, May 16. The event is designed to recognize the Eid ul-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. 

A growing coalition of American Muslim organizations has called for the community to boycott the event in response to Biden administration statements that “ignore the Israeli assault on Al-Aqsa and the Muslims worshipping inside, the expulsion taking place in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, and the ongoing siege of Gaza that has already claimed the lives of hundreds, but also have the audacity to lay the blame on the victims: the Palestinian people.”

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“CAIR joins other American Muslim organizations in canceling our plans to take part in President Biden’s Eid celebration. We cannot in good conscience celebrate Eid with the Biden Administration while it literally aids, abets, and justifies the Israeli apartheid government’s indiscriminate bombing of innocent men, women and children in Gaza. President Biden has the political power and moral authority to stop these injustices. We urge him to stand on the side of the victims and not the victimizer.”

“The American Muslim community has been incredibly disappointed and deeply disturbed by the Biden Administration’s unbalanced response to Israel’s planned ethnic cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah, attacks on worshippers at Masjid Al-Aqsa and the bombing of civilians in Gaza, which we would have expected from the previous administration. 

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“If the White House continues along this morally unconscionable path as more Palestinian children die, the White House risks causing severe damage to President Biden’s relationship with American Muslims and all others who defend civil and human rights.”  

Awad noted that CAIR had previously encouraged the Muslim community to take part in the White House Eid event.

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