Khizr Khan speaks at 'Day of Remembrance' event in Seattle Feb. 19, 2018 (Screenshot YouTube video)

Khizr Khan speaks at ‘Day of Remembrance’ event in Seattle Feb. 19, 2018 (Screenshot YouTube video)

Equating President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s order to incarcerate residents and citizens of Japanese ancestry with America’s treatment of Muslims today, a chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations co-sponsored an event with a Japanese American organization marking the 76th anniversary of the World War II-era order.

The featured speaker at the event Monday in Seattle was Khizr Khan, the Muslim Gold Star parent who drew attention during the 2016 Democratic National Convention when he chastised then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for proposing to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States, later saying Trump has “a dark soul.”

Khan praised Japanese Americans who went on to defend America during the war, “regardless of the mistreatment, regardless of the cruelty, regardless of the prejudice” as an example for Muslims.

“Muslim Americans are given strength from your sacrifice,” he told the Japanese Americans in the audience.

Later in his speech, Khan – whose son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in action during the Iraq war in 2004 – praised the Japanese civil-rights activist who filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court affirming a lawsuit challenging the indefinite detention of Muslim terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

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The Washington chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, was the co-presenter with the host, Densho, a local nonprofit focused on preserving the history of Japanese Americans during World War II.

On its website, Densho essentially said the theme of its 2018 commemoration was to ensure that history does not repeat itself, claiming Muslims in America “are being similarly targeted because of their faith.”

“During World War II, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly incarcerated against their will for the sole ‘crime’ of their Japanese ancestry. Today, American Muslims are being similarly targeted because of their faith,” the organization said. “We’ve been here before, and it is our responsibility to ensure that we do not continue down a path that values prejudice and a false sense of security over liberty and justice.”

In his speech, Khan pointed out that President Ronald Reagan in 1988 signed the Civil Liberties Act, which offered a formal apology and compensation to people of Japanese descent who were incarcerated during World War II

“Despite the apology, our leaders have become increasingly bold in unlearning this lesson,” Khan said.

To illustrate his point, he noted that Fred Korematsu, who unsuccessfully challenged Roosevelt’s order in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case in 1944, returned to the Supreme Court in 2004 to file a brief challenging the indefinite detention of Guantanamo prisoners.

“Now the racist underpinnings of the World War II incarceration are being used to push for a Muslim registry,” said Khan.

The Supreme Court in 1944 sided with the government, holding that the need to protect against espionage outweighed Korematsu’s rights. Khan, recounting the case, insisted that racism was the true motivation for FDR’s order.

History repeating itself?

CAIR, which according to FBI evidence filed in a Hamas-funding trial was established in Washington, D.C., as a front for the Muslim Brotherhood, regularly claims Muslims in America are facing systematic repression.

Last March, as WND reported, the executive director of CAIR’s national organization, Nihad Awad, claimed in a speech that Muslims and other religious minorities in America face bigotry that could lead to a holocaust similar to the one that killed 6 million Jews.

In a tweet Monday, CAIR’s Washington state chapter highlighted the Seattle event’s theme that some Muslim leaders fear history could repeat itself.

Awad said in his March 2017 speech that an upcoming CAIR report claimed 2016 was the worst year on record for American Muslims “when it comes to hate crimes, acts of vandalism, discrimination, attacks on our civil and human rights.”

However, the latest FBI statistics at the time showed anti-Semitic hate crimes were more than two times more common than hate crimes against Muslims and many of the reports have turned out to be false or faked by Muslims themselves, noted Jihad Watch director and author Robert Spencer.

Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR (VOA Photo/M. Elshinnawi)

Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR (VOA Photo/M. Elshinnawi)

The Southern Poverty Law Center issued a report in November 2016 that compiled 867 alleged incidents of “harassment and intimidation” in the 10 days that followed the election of Trump. But many of those reports turned out to be hoaxes, and most of the incidents on SPLC’s list, while deplorable if they actually happened, did not include physical violence, meaning the use of the term “attack” was misleading.

CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas-funding plot and was designated a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates, along with groups such as ISIS and al-Qaida.

While CAIR regards itself as a civil-rights organization, according to evidence entered in the terror-financing case, it was founded by figures associated with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, the worldwide movement that has stated its intent to transform the U.S. into an Islamic state. More than a dozen CAIR leaders have been charged or convicted of terrorism-related crimes.

Among them are Ismail Royer, who was working for CAIR when he was charged for engaging in war against the United States. Royer, who says that during his nearly 14 years in prison he came to reject terrorism, was featured in a WND story this week regarding his recent column in the Washington Post.

CAIR has sued the authors of a WND Books expose, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America,” which documented the group’s radical ties. The case still awaits a trial.

If you support WND’s fight to expose CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood, please consider a donation to the WND Legal Defense Fund for court fights like this one – which must be one if America is to remain free – and safe.


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