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CAIR-NJ Welcomes Resignation of Board of Education Member Who Posted Racist, Anti-Muslim Messages

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 4/22/16) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed the resignation of  Elmwood Park Board of Education member Gladys Gryskiewicz after she reportedly posted a series of racist and Islamophobic messages on her personal Facebook account.

 CAIR-NJ: Elmwood Park School Trustee Resigns After Criticism Of Anti-Muslim Posts

http://www.northjersey.com/news/elmwood-park-school-trustee-resigns-after-criticism-of-anti-muslim-posts-1.1551083

 One post urged Muslims to "(s)tay in your desserts [sic] and follow your religion in your own countries." Another post declared, "The French told them to get lost and this is what our President should do," and continued, "Go back to your own country; America needs to get rid of people like you."

 Earlier this month, CAIR-NJ joined state lawmakers and school officials in calling for her resignation.

 SEE: CAIR-NJ Joins Call for Resignation of Board of Education Member Over Racist, Islamophobic Facebook Posts

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13482-cair-nj-joins-call-for-resignation-of-board-of-education-member-over-racist-islamophobic-facebook-posts.html

 “Ms. Gryskiewicz’s resignation is really the best outcome in terms of the quality of the educational experience of the minority students of the Elmwood Park School District,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director, James Sues.  “It’s unfortunate that Ms. Gryskiewicz would cite safety concerns when there is no evidence that her family is in any kind of danger.  This is further evidence of her bigoted view of the world in that it implies that minorities are prone to violence.”

 CAIR offers a booklet, called "An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.

 SEE: An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

http://www.cair.com/images/pdf/educators_guide.pdf     

 CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CAIR-NJ Joins Call for Resignation of Board of Education Member Over Racist, Islamophobic Facebook Posts

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CAIR-NJ Joins Call for Resignation of Board of Education Member Over Racist, Islamophobic Facebook Posts

 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 4/14/16) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today joined Elmwood Park Memorial High School Principal and President of the Elmwood Park Administrators Association (EPAA) David Warner in calling for the resignation Board of Education member Gladys Gryskiewicz after she reportedly posted a series of racist and Islamophobic messages on her personal Facebook account.

 One post urged Muslims to "(s)tay in your desserts [sic] and follow your religion in your own countries." Another post declared, "The French told them to get lost and this is what our President should do," and continued, "Go back to your own country; America needs to get rid of people like you."

 SEE: Facebook Posts Spark Call for Trustee's Resignation in Elmwood Park

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/facebook-posts-spark-call-for-trustee-s-resignation-1.1535818

Trustees Demand Ouster of Colleague in Elmwood Park

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/trustees-demand-ouster-of-colleague-in-elmwood-park-1.1531188

 “Bigoted statements like those reportedly made by Ms. Gryskiewicz are extremely offensive and demonstrate a level of intolerance that should disqualify her from serving on any organization overseeing the education of children,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director, James Sues. “We applaud Elmwood Park Memorial High School Principal David Warner and other school district leaders for taking a stand against bigotry.”

 CAIR offers a booklet, called "An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.

 SEE: An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

http://www.cair.com/images/pdf/educators_guide.pdf

 CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CAIR Asks NJ Sheriff to Reject Training by Islamophobe Who Calls Islam ‘the Devil’

(South Plainfield, NJ, 10/27/15)- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today announced that it has asked a sheriff in that state to disassociate his department from a November 2 training program featuring notorious Islamophobe Walid Shoebat, who has called Islam "the devil."

NOTE: [CAIR-NJ sent similar requests to other local law enforcement agencies asking that officers not be reimbursed for the cost of Shoebat’s training or be allowed to take the training during working hours.]

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Walid Shoebat

http://www.islamophobia.org/islamophobic-individuals/walid-shoebat.html

CAIR says the training event, “Know Your Enemy,” is offered “for law enforcement only” by Courses Offering Police Specialization (C.O.P.S.) and is being advertised with Ocean County Police Academy contact information. 

SEE: 'Know Your Enemy' Screen Shot

http://www.cair.com/images/press_releases/walid-shoebat-ex-palestinian-terrorist.jpg

The academy is operated by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office in Toms River, N.J. A number of those associated with C.O.P.S. are also employed by local law enforcement agencies.

In a letter to Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy, CAIR-NJ Executive Director James R. Sues wrote in part:

“I respectfully request that your academy publicly disassociate itself from this event and that no in service training credit should be offered to any New Jersey law enforcement personnel who attend the event on their own time.

“Shoebat is perhaps the nation’s most notorious Islamophobe. He does not meet reasonable standards for subject matters experts established by both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“His claims of being a former terrorist were exposed as a fabrication in 2011 by CNN. CNN researchers ‘found no evidence’ to support Shoebat’s trademark claim of being a ‘former PLO terrorist.’

“The Washington Post has reported: ‘Shoebat, who has called Islam ‘the devil,’ says he was recruited by the Palestine Liberation Organization as a teenager. In 1977, he has said, he threw a bomb on the roof of the Bethlehem branch of an Israeli bank. The bank, however, has no record of the incident, and it was never reported by Israeli news outlets.’

SEE: Washington Post Challenges Shoebat’s Life Story

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/25/AR2010062504435.html

“In 2011, researcher Thom Cincotta found, ‘In dozens of YouTube videos, Shoebat suggests Islam is the fake religion of the ‘anti-Christ’ and implies that Muslims bear the ‘Mark of the Beast.’ He denounces Islam and Muslims as inherently violent and savage, recounting an endless litany of (non-terrorist) violent acts committed by individuals in a manner that suggests an irredeemably violent culture.’. . .

“The above information clearly demonstrates that Mr. Shoebat falls well short of reasonable standards for trainers, such as the guiding principles for all training conducted or funded by the Department of Justice training outlined by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole on March 20, 2012. Similarly, Shoebat’s resume disqualifies him as a subject matter expert in light of the Department of Homeland Security’s ‘countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Training Guidance and Best Practices,’ which covers counterterrorism training.”

Background Information on Walid Shoebat:

Video: CNN Exposes Walid Shoebat's Terror Training Scam (CAIR)

Part 1 --http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJN00dBhZVk

Part 2 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74Tzz51VYXg

Shoebat claims that President Obama is a Muslim. In a YouTube video, Shoebat said, "[I]f Islam is not playing the major role in Antichrist spirit, why do you think the devil wants to appoint somebody connected to Islam in the White House?" He told radio host G. Gordon Liddy, "No one is called Hussein unless he is Muslim. So it is very clear that Barack Hussein Obama is definitely a Muslim." 

Video: Shoebat Says Devil Wants Obama in White House

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl5KUQCJND8

Walid Shoebat Falsely Claimed that Obama is "Definitely a Muslim"

http://mediamatters.org/research/200809110018

According to an official who attended a Shoebat lecture at a conference in Las Vegas, the solution he offered for the threat of “militant Muslims” was to "Kill them. . .including the children.”

SEE: Islam-Bashing Bigots Train Counterterrorism Agents

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/12/21/930643/-Islam-Bashing-Bigots-Train-Counterterrorism-Agents

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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