March 25, 2019
News Press Release

ZOA to Fox News: Don’t Succumb to Hamas-Linked CAIR’s Demands to Fire Beloved Pro-Israel TV Host Judge Jeanine 

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein released the following statement: 

The ZOA strongly urges Fox News not to succumb to the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)’s boycott threats and demands to fireFox’s pro-Israel knowledgeable, beloved star TV host, Judge Jeanine Pirro. Giving in to CAIR’s censorship demands would severely damage Fox News’ unique reputation as a “fair and balanced” news outlet – and send a chilling message that no one can discuss the radical Islamist roots of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s virulent antisemitism. Firing Judge Jeanine would thus do a tremendous disservice to Fox’s viewers and the American people, as well as diminish Fox’s viewership. Courageous, inquisitive star hosts such as Judge Jeanine and Sean Hannity are why so many Americans watch Fox News.    

Back in 2010, when CAIR called for Juan Williams to be fired from NPR, for expressing fears about potential radical Islamists in airports, Muslim reformer Dr Zuhdi Jasser, of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, explained that CAIR’s demand was a diversionary tactic, to prevent discussion of the radical Islamist ideology that is the root cause of terrorism.  

CAIR’s current demand to fire Judge Jeanine is likewise a diversionary tactic to prevent discussion of the radical Islamist ideology underlying Ilhan Omar’s deep-seated, irrational Jew-hatred. The gist of Judge Jeanine’s statement was a query as to whether Ilhan Omar is “getting her anti-Israel sentiment doctrine” from an adherence to Sharia law. Why isn’t that worth discussing? 

Judge Jeanine also clarified: “I’ve seen a lot of comments about my opening statement from Saturday night’s show and I did not call Rep. Omar un-American. My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution. I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.” 

Notably the man who issued the call to fire Judge Jeanine and boycott Fox News, CAIR national executive director Nihad Awad, has a long history of supporting designated terror-group Hamas. As the Investigative Project on Terrorism documented, Awad evenly openly declared “I am a supporter of the Hamas movement,” and revealed that he supports Israel’s extinction and replacement with an Islamist state, saying: “they [Jews] have been saying ‘next year to Jerusalem’; we say ‘next year to all Palestine.’” 

Fox News should surely not allow its programming be dictated by radical Islamist Hamas supporters. It’s unAmerican.