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Why the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism Is Misguided

GUEST: Hussam Ayloush, human rights and civil rights activist and community organizer…

Three British Muslim girls are thought to be traveling to Syria from England to join the Islamic State group. The girls, aged between 15 and 16, reportedly left their families without informing anyone. Security camera footage from Gatwick airport show they flew to Istanbul possibly en route to Syria. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said the news was “deeply concerning,” feeding the growing fear that Western Muslims may be fueling ISIS.

It is such a fear that formed the basis of a widely criticized conference last week organized by the White House called Countering Extremist Violence. Both President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the three day summit which many leaders from the Muslim community boycotted, angry that it was further stigmatizing their community, and which many right wing ideologues denounced as not targeting Muslims more openly.

One of the nation’s most prominent Muslim civil rights organization, Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, signed onto a joint letter with several organizations, citing their “grave concerns” about the summit.

For more information on CAIR, visit ca.cair.com.

GUEST: …Hussam Ayloush is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Ayloush is a third-term elected Executive Board member to the CA Democratic Party (CDP). He also serves on the board of the Muslim American Homeland Security Congress.