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President Barack Obama’s deputies are holding “hundreds” of closed-door meetings with a jihad-linked lobbying group that is widely derided by critics as a U.S. arm of the theocratic Muslim Brotherhood, The Daily Caller reported.

George Selim, the White House’s new director for community partnerships, which was formed in January to ensure cooperation by law enforcement and social service agencies with Muslim identity groups in the United States, admitted that the U.S. is, in fact, holding meetings with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

CAIR has a long history of anti-Israel rhetoric, accusing the Jewish state of perpetrating genocide and of being a terrorist state.

CAIR's Florida chapter operates a website titled “Calling Islam,” which features several articles by Harun Yahya, an anti-Semitic Turkish writer who denounces Zionism as a fascist movement akin to Nazism, as well as "a racist and colonialist ideology" that is based on "Social Darwinism,” according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

“There is hundreds of examples of departments and agencies that meet with CAIR on a range of issues,” Selim told The Daily Caller.

Director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Steven Emerson, asserted that CAIR is “the group with the worst record of deception and the deepest ties to terrorists.”

Author Robert Spencer added that CAIR, is “the political front of a radically repressive, Jew-hating, woman-hating organization.”

The House of Representatives last month prodded the Department of Justice to end all contacts with CAIR.

“The [appropriations] committee understands that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has an existing policy prohibiting its employees from engaging in any formal non-investigative cooperation with CAIR [and] the committee encourages the attorney general to adopt a similar policy for all department officials,” said the committee report accompanying the 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, passed in mid-May by the House.

While Selim admitted to the ties, he refrained to explain further. According to The Daily Caller, he walked away, but returned to insist that the reporter refrain from recording his comments.  

CAIR is especially controversial because of its many links to the theocratic Muslim Brotherhood ND In 2009, a judge confirmed the Justice Department’s decision to name CAIR as an unindicted conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation conspiracy to smuggle funds the terrorist group Hamas.

In January, Executive Director of CAIR’s Michigan chapter, Dawud Walid, highlighted the extreme anti-Semitic views of CAIR when he posted a message on Twitter approving the execution of 800 Jewish captives in 627, almost 1,400 years ago, by jihadis in the army created by the Prophet Muhammad.

The murders took place in the Saudi city of Medina. Walid claimed that the killings were proper because the Jewish community broke a deal with Muhammad.