Several former Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) leaders have links to the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR), a Hamas-linked anti-Semitic propaganda organization. UASR, which operated as a think-tank out of Virginia until 2005, was established by Hamas leader Musa Abu Marzuq in 1989.
- Nabil Sadoun, CAIR’s former vice chairman, was ordered deported in February 2010 because he failed to disclose his ties to the UASR in his 1993 immigrant visa application. According to CAIR, Sadoun resigned his position with CAIR several months before his deportation.
- Mohamed Nimer, CAIR’s director of research between 1995 and 2007, worked for the UASR during the early nineties. In 1993 he spent a month in Lebanon at a camp of mostly Hamas activists who were deported by Israel. Nimer later described the camp in an IAP article as a blueprint for “the type of society which Islamists hope to bring about on a larger level.” As CAIR’s director of research, Nimer wrote the organization’s annual reports on anti-Muslim bias incidents and oversaw other research projects.
- Caroline F. Keeble (a.k.a. Anisa Abd el Fattah), a former CAIR board member, served in different roles in the UASR throughout the 1990s and at least until March 2004, including president and director of public relations and media affairs. A February 2000 UASR report, “Islam and America: A new reading,” in which Keeble lauded Hamas as a “resistance” movement, identified her as a member of the Board of Directors of both CAIR and UASR. She served on CAIR’s board at least since November 1994, the year CAIR was founded. In a 1999 UASR book, The Agent: The Truth Behind the Anti-Muslim Campaign in America, Keeble and Ahmed Yousef, then UASR director, claimed that Israel was behind an anti-Muslim campaign in the U.S. that was reminiscent of Nazi Germany and could “lead to an elimination of liberty for Muslims and Arabs.” The book also claimed that Israel was “using its propaganda network in the American media [for an] attack against Hamas and Islamic activism.”
UASR has produced materials defending Hamas as a legitimate popular resistance group and has described criticism of the Palestinian terror organization as a Zionist conspiracy against Muslims. On its Web site, it sold a book by Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.
Evidence presented during the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial showed that, together with HLF and the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), UASR was part of the organizational structure that operated in the U.S. in support of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian offshoot, Hamas. In 2006, UASR director Yousef (aka Yousef Saleh) became a personal adviser to Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza.