Website launches boycott of Best Buy for funding CAIR
RadicalIslam.org has launched a petition to boycott the large electronics retailer Best Buy for providing financial support to the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations .
More than 8,000 individuals have signed the petition.
Earlier this year, Best Buy announced on its Facebook page that it was a “Platinum Sponsor” of a fundraising banquet for a local CAIR chapter in Minnesota.
CAIR was designated by the US Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator and/or joint venture in the Holy Land Foundation trial of 2007, the largest terror financing trial in US history. The designation — handed down for the organization’s role in providing funding to the terrorist organization Hamas — has since been reconfirmed by the judicial system.
A 2007 federal court filing stated, “From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists” and “the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.” District Judge Jorge Solis agreed that CAIR was tied to Hamas and justified its designation as an “unindicted co-conspirator.”
As a result, the FBI has withdrawn all formal ties with CAIR. In 2011, CAIR lost its federal tax-exempt status for failing to submit appropriate tax forms for three consecutive years. Local chapters are still permitted to operate as non-profit organizations.
“Every individual and corporate entity should carefully consider whether the funds they donate are consistent with American values, as opposed to the values of terrorist organizations,” said Ryan Mauro, National Security Analyst for RadicalIslam.org. “Best Buy is no exception, and should be held accountable for its actions.”
“Best Buy wasn’t simply negligent in providing funds to CAIR “After the story broke, Best Buy boasted that its donation proves its good will and tolerance.”
In a statement on Facebook, Best Buy said, “Best Buy’s customers and employees around the world represent a variety of faiths and denominations. We respect that diversity, and choose to engage with our customers, employees and communities in ways that reflect their traditions and maintain good relationships for Best Buy.”
RadicalIslam.org is the online news and analysis portal of Clarion Fund, an organization that documents national security threats posed by Islamic radicals.