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CAIR-NJ Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Threats Targeting Paterson Mosque
(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/2/17) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate telephone threats made to a mosque in that state as a possible hate crime.
Masjid Omar Mosque in Paterson, N.J., received verbal threats via telephone after word spread that the suspect in the killing of eight people Tuesday in Lower Manhattan may have worshiped there.
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“We urge local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to treat this and all the other cases of threats and violence targeting American mosques with the seriousness they deserve and to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said CAIR New Jersey Executive Director Jim Sues. “We ask that law enforcement officials be especially vigilant at a time when the risk of backlash against the Muslim community is most severe.”
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CAIR-NJ Decries Racist 'Make Edison Great Again' Mailer Targeting Asian School Board Candidates
(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/2/2017) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried the distribution of a racist mailer with the heading “Make Edison Great Again,” which declares “The Chinese and Indians are Taking over our Town”.
The mailer is an apparent effort to sway voters in an upcoming school board election in Edison, N.J., where one candidate is of Indian descent and another is of Chinese descent. That mailer displays pictures of the candidates with mock immigration stamps declaring “Deport” overlapping them.
"This kind of divisive campaign rhetoric is a threat to a free and open democratic system,” said James Sues, executive director of CAIR-NJ. “The repulsive message represented in this postcard is a painful reminder of the extreme divisiveness that characterizes our current political climate.”
In a statement, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said:
"CAIR condemns today’s horrific and cowardly attack in Manhattan and offers sincere condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured. Since the goal of such heinous crimes is to divide our nation, it is incumbent on Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to frustrate that criminal objective by standing united in the face of terror."