April 17, 2024 Special Dispatch No. 11284

CAIR Michigan Executive Director Dawud Walid Responds To MEMRI Clip Showing 'Death To America' Chants In Dearborn: The Muslim Community Has To Be Aware Of Informants And Agents Provocateurs; This Slogan Was Chanted By One White Man, Originates In The Middle East And Refers To Perceived American Oppression And War Crimes, Not American People; The Slogan Is Despicable, Counterproductive

April 17, 2024
United States | Special Dispatch No. 11284

Dawud Walid, the director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), shared a video on his YouTube channel on April 9, 2024 in which he spoke about the backlash to the viral MEMRI TV clip No. 11004 showing protestors chanting "death to America" at an Al-Quds Day rally in Dearborn, Michigan. Walid said that it was only one individual who started the chant, adding: "[I'm] not saying anyone who was involved in this is an informant or agent provocateur but in times like this education and knowledge is needed." He elaborated: "We have to be aware of informants that are in our midst and agents provocateurs in the Muslim community." He also stated that he does not like the slogan and that he thinks it is despicable and counterproductive.

Since the October 7, 2023 Hamas attack on Israel, MEMRI TV has published several clips of statements by CAIR leaders, including CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, who said he was happy to see the people of Gaza "break the siege" on October 7 (Clips No. 10705, 10712, 10915); CAIR LA Director Hussam Ayloush, who said Israel should be attacked and has no right to defend itself (10983, 10698); and CAIR Director of Mosque Engagement Ayman Aishat, who said the Zionists plotted to divide the Muslims and remove the Quran from their hearts, and prayed for the annihilation of the enemies of the Palestinians and Islam (10850).

To view the clip of CAIR Michigan Executive Director Dawud Walid, click here or below:

Eyewitnesses At Dearborn Rally Said "One White Male" Chanted "Death To America" And Was Told To Stop; Zionist Organization MEMRI Circulated Footage Of The Chant, Which Was Then Picked Up By Fox News

Dawud Walid: "I would like to address something in regards to media stories that have come about regarding a rally in Dearborn, Michigan just this past Friday, in which there was a person in attendance who began to shout a chant – 'Death to America' – that was said in Arabic. Then after his chant, there was MEMRI, which is a Zionist organization, [which] took the video, circulated the video, which received millions of views now. Fox News has picked it up.


"I'm not saying that any person who has been involved in this is an informant or provocateur, but in times like this, education and knowledge is needed.


"Without going into names, I spoke to the people that were involved with this particular day, and what I was told, from eyewitnesses – eye and ear witnesses – there were taunts going on, and there was this individual, a male, a white male, in the audience, who started actually saying the chant, or the slogan, in Arabic.


"The people told [me] that they actually had one of the organizers from the committee who actually went to the guy and told him: 'Stop doing that. That's not welcome here.' But then of course the video was captured by MEMRI, put online, and Fox News got ahold of it, and it was spun as if there was this big protest that was going on in Dearborn, Michigan, by so-called jihadists or extremists that were calling for the death of America, meaning Americans, and death for Israel, meaning Jewish people.


"We Have To Be Aware Of Informers In Our Midst And Agents Provocateurs In The Muslim Community – People Who May Say Things And Rile People Up In Order To Collect Information To Give To This Government Or A Foreign Government, [Which] Can Be Used To Entrap People"

"We have to be aware. I'm not saying this individual – this category. But generally speaking, we have to be aware of informers in our midst and agents provocateurs in the Muslim community. People who may try to get us to say things and rile up people in order to collect information to give to a government, be it this government or a foreign government, or can be use to entrap people.


The "Death To America" Chant Originated In The Middle East; "It Is Not Talking About Death To All Americans, But Death To Perceived American Oppression And War Crimes... I Think It Is Despicable"

"The 'death to America' chant – this is something that did not start in America. This is something that started in the so-called Middle East. [It] is not talking about death to all Americans , but death to what is perceived to be American oppression and American war crimes. I don't like the slogan. I think it is despicable. I think it is counterproductive.

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