The Marriott hotel chain is scheduled to host one of the nation’s foremost anti-Israel groups for its annual conference, a gathering that will galvanize supporters against the Jewish state’s war on Hamas terrorists, Free Beacon reported.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which blamed Israel for Hamas’s unprecedented civilian slaughter earlier this month, will assemble on Saturday at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, Va., for its annual banquet, according to an online invitation.
CAIR says that it will focus its festivities on the “Palestine crisis” and welcome notorious anti-Semite Linda Sarsour for keynote remarks. Sarsour, a longtime anti-Israel activist, has accused Israel of “genocide” and was booted from the Women’s March activist organization in 2019 amid accusations of systemic anti-Semitism, including denigrating Jewish participants.
CAIR’s event comes amid a rising tide of anti-Semitism from the political left in the wake of Israel’s decision to conduct a defensive operation to dismantle Hamas in the Gaza Strip. After Hamas terrorists killed nearly 1,500 Israelis in a surprise raid last week, CAIR blamed the “Israeli government’s apartheid policies” for the strike. In the week since the conflict grew into a full-fledged war, CAIR has been at the center of efforts in Washington, D.C., and across the country to mount opposition to the Israeli government, Free Beacon reported.
Marriott’s decision to host the group is generating concerns among pro-Israel advocates, who say the hotel chain has a responsibility to stop its venues from being used to foment anti-Israel fervor.
“StopAntisemitism is disappointed to see Marriott Arlington hosting an event featuring the passionately antisemitic Linda Sarsour,” Liora Rez, the executive director of StopAntisemitism.org, told the Washington Free Beacon. “A fan of Louis Farrakhan, Sarsour has stood in solidarity with convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh, posed for photos with Hamas operatives, and believes ‘nothing is creepier than Zionism.’ Does she fit with your core value of ’embracing differences,’ Marriott?”
Marriott did not respond to a phone and email request for comment on its decision to host CAIR and information about its policies toward groups that promote anti-Israel attitudes.
CAIR has been linked to Hamas funding and was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in a 2010 federal investigation into U.S. funding streams to the Iranian-backed terror group.
The organization’s members routinely espouse vitriolic rhetoric against the Jewish state, including justifying Hamas’s terror operations.
The public is urged to demand that the Marriott cancel the event, scheduled to take place this Saturday.
CAIR is having its annual conference THIS SATURDAY. Please copy & paste the email below, or write your own message to Marriott, demanding they cancel the conference as Hilton did. Here’s the contact info:
Please send emails to:
Business Integrity Line, Marriott properties: 888-888-9188
Customer Support Team: 800-535-4028 The audio recording will say, “How may I assist you today?” Respond by saying, “I’m calling about an event.”
Suggested Subject Line:
To MARRIOTT Executives: Cancel the CAIR Conference NOW!
I will not stay at any Marriott Hotel or any of its affiliated properties because – at this most critical time for American Jews and Israel – Marriott is supporting an organization and individuals that are virulently anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.
UNLESS…you immediately cancel the October 21, 2023 conference of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, Virginia
Marriott’s policies state (pages 40, 23):
Supporting Human Rights and Human Dignity
“If you suspect that our property is being used for illegal purposes or in a way that does not respect human dignity, or if you believe that an associate’s conduct is inconsistent with this policy, report your concerns immediately using any resource listed on page 5, Where to Go for Help.” The extreme anti-Semitism of the host organization and featured speaker, Linda Sarsour, is a clear violation of Marriott’s stated policy!
Trade Restrictions and Boycotts
“In addition, U.S. law generally prohibits participation by U.S. citizens or entities in unrecognized international boycotts. Because Marriott is incorporated in the U.S., we abide by U.S. economic sanctions and anti-boycott laws, regardless of where we do business. If you are responsible for generating business outside the country in which you work, you must be familiar with applicable trade restrictions.” Linda Sarsour is a strong advocate of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), a movement that promotes boycotts, divestments and economic sanctions against Israel. “I have come out in full support of BDS”, she said in February 2017. This self-proclaimed stance on BDS violates Marriott’s trade restrictions and boycotts policy.
For the sake of morality, and in keeping with Marriott’s own published policies, cancel the CAIR conference immediately!
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