CAIR-NJ Condemns Assault on Muslim Girls at Nail Salon, Welcomes Investigation

CAIR-NJ Condemns Assault on Muslim Girls at Nail Salon, Welcomes Investigation

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 5/25/22) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today condemned an allegedly bias-motivated assault on Muslim girls and women at a nail salon in Clifton, N.J.

CAIR-NJ also welcomed an ongoing investigation led by the Clifton Police Department.

On Saturday, April 30, two Muslim girls, 15 and 13-years-old who wear hijabs (Islamic head scarves), reported that while they were waiting to get their nails done a white woman began shouting at them for “staring at her.” The woman allegedly shouted profanities at the Muslim girls “to go back to their f-ing country you two little punks,” and that “they do not belong here.”

The woman then reportedly hit the 13-year-old Muslim girl on the head. Before leaving the salon, the woman, assuming another hijab wearing Muslim woman in the salon was the girls’ mother, berated her as well, shouting profanities and racist remarks.

The mother of the two girls returned to the salon to find her two daughters crying. When the mother approached the alleged attacker in the parking lot and asked her why she had assaulted her daughters, the alleged attacker reportedly shouted, “go f-ing away from here” and other profanities.

The Muslim mother took pictures of the license plate and the vehicle. When she returned to the salon, other customers corroborated the story told to her by her two daughters, confirming that the two girls did nothing to provoke the woman. The police were then called to the scene.

On Monday, May 2 Clifton police called and asked that the daughters to come to the station. The family went to the station on Tuesday to provide their statements. The Clifton police were also interviewing other witnesses who had been at the salon and saw what happened.

 

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“We are deeply troubled by this alleged bias-motivated behavior. Physically and verbally attacking two young girls to the point of tears is appalling. We welcome the ongoing police investigation by Clifton officers and hope the matter is taken seriously and justice is done.”

Maksut noted that earlier today, CAIR condemned alleged Islamophobic and racist harassment targeting a Muslim hockey player.

He noted that last month, CAIR released its latest report on the civil rights of American Muslims, titled “Still Suspect: The Impact of Structural Islamophobia,” detailing more than 6,700 civil rights complaints the Washington, D.C., based group received in the past year.

 

“This is an alarming sign that Islamophobia is persistent and systemic in society and government policy,” said Nihad Awad, CAIR National’s Executive Director.  “While we recognize that we’ve made progress as a society in terms of addressing social injustices, our report shows that Islamophobia continues to pose the biggest threat American Muslims are facing.”

“This points toward a still rising trend of Islamophobia, or alternatively, CAIR-NJ still reaching the capacity to address the greater, true amount of Islamophobia,” CAIR-New Jersey said in its report. Additionally, CAIR-New Jersey noted that the data does not comprise all incidents of Islamophobia happening in the Garden State, “but reflects a good sample data of the New Jersey population.”

Of New Jersey’s 104 reports, 41 cases, or 39.4%, involved discrimination; 22 cases, or 21.2%, involved law enforcement; and 14 cases, or 13.5%, involved hate and bias, CAIR-New Jersey said.

CAIR-NJ Report:  https://cair-nj.org/2022-report/

 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119smaksut@cair.com

CAIR-NJ to Join Lobby Day for Same-Day Voter Registration

CAIR-NJ to Join Lobby Day for Same-Day Voter Registration

(PLAINFIELD, NJ, 5/25/2022) – On May 26, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will join a coalition of more than 30 pro-democracy organizations for a lobby day at the statehouse in Trenton to urge the passage of legislation that would establish same-day voter registration in the New Jersey.

Assembly Bill 1966/Senate Bill S247 would establish same-day voter registration in New Jersey, including on election day.

 

SEE: Democracy Advocates to Hold Statehouse Rally and Lobby Day for Same-Day Voter Registration 

https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/democracy-advocates-to-hold-statehouse-rally-and-lobby-day-for-same-day-voter-registration/

 

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“Voting should be made easy. It is essential that we expand access to the ballot to ensure a fair and health democracy. We urge Muslims and all residents from across New Jersey to rally in Trenton on May 26 to urge lawmakers to pass Same-Day Voter Registration.” 

 

WHAT: Lobby Day for Same-Day Voter Registration in New Jersey

WHEN/WHERE: May 26, 2022, 11 a.m.: Rally in front of Trenton Statehouse

Noon: Lobby Day inside Statehouse, when advocates will urge elected officials to pass A1966/S247 to establish same-day voter registration

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119, smaksut@cair.com

 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.                    

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CAIR-NJ Condemns Anti-Muslim Bias Incident, Calls for Probe

CAIR-NJ Condemns Anti-Muslim Bias Incident, Calls for Probe  

 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 5/12/22) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today condemned an alleged bias incident targeting a Muslim employee at Subaru in Union by a former colleague.

On May 4, 2022, it was reported to the Union Police Department that bacon strips were placed into the boots and pockets of the work uniform of a Muslim employee at Open Road Subaru Service Center.

[NOTE: Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products and bigots often use pigs or pork to deliberately offend Muslim sensibilities. CAIR offers an “Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices.”]

 

The Muslim employee at the Subaru Service Center alleged that a former colleague who was terminated from the business the week prior was responsible for placing the bacon strips in his uniform and boots. The Muslim employee also accused the former colleague of prolonged verbal bias harassment. The accused would say to the Muslim employee “I’ll bring in bacon bites and feed them to you” and “you’re always blowing things up.”

The former employee accused of the bias incident was terminated from his job immediately after the Muslim employee informed Subaru management of the bias harassment on April 26, 2022. It is alleged that the bacon strip incident occurred when the former employee returned to the Subaru location on April 30 to collect his belongings from the employee locker room.

 

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

  

“This alleged bias harassment and intimidation is reprehensible and should never be tolerated. The workplace should be free of hostility and hate, especially racially motivated.  

“We applaud Subaru for taking action against the bigoted employee and hope they continue to ensure their workspace upholds respect and dignity for everyone. All employers should work to foster inclusivity by shutting down any inappropriate behavior of the type we saw in this case.  

“We thank the Union Police Department for launching an investigation into the incident and hope they will be able to collect enough evidence to charge the accused.”

Maksut noted that CAIR recently issued a civil rights report showing the highest-ever number of reported cases.

 

SEE: Complaints of Anti-Muslim Incidents, Bias on the Rise in New Jersey  

https://north-jerseynews.com/2022/04/28/complaints-of-anti-muslim-incidents-bias-on-the-rise-in-new-jersey/

 

CAIR says in a new report it received its highest ever number of civil rights complaints in 2021, including 104 complaints of incidents against Muslims in New Jersey.

 

“This is an alarming sign that Islamophobia is persistent and systemic in society and government policy,” said Nihad Awad, CAIR National’s Executive Director.  “While we recognize that we’ve made progress as a society in terms of addressing social injustices, our report shows that Islamophobia continues to pose the biggest threat American Muslims are facing.”

“This points toward an ever still rising trend of Islamophobia, or alternatively, CAIR-NJ still reaching the capacity to address the greater, true amount of Islamophobia,” CAIR-New Jersey said in its report. Additionally, CAIR-New Jersey noted that the data does not comprise all incidents of Islamophobia happening in the Garden State, “but reflects a good sample data of the New Jersey population.”

Of New Jersey’s 104 reports, 41 cases, or 39.4%, involved discrimination; 22 cases, or 21.2%, involved law enforcement; and 14 cases, or 13.5%, involved hate and bias, CAIR-New Jersey said.

 

CAIR-NJ Report: https://cair-nj.org/2022-report/

CAIR National Report: https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Still-Suspect-Report-2022.pdf

 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

 

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CAIR-New Jersey Welcomes Hate Crime Charges for Vandalism of Mural Depicting Muslim Woman

CAIR-New Jersey Welcomes Hate Crime Charges for Vandalism of Mural Depicting Muslim Woman

 

(PLAINFIELD, NJ, 5/6/2022) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed hate crime charges against a man suspected of vandalizing a mural in Highland Park, N.J., depicting a Muslim woman wearing an Islamic head scarf, or hijab.

The suspect, a 54-year-old Highland Park native, has been charged with fourth-degree bias intimidation and criminal mischief for allegedly spray painting over the portion of the mural depicting a Muslim woman wearing an Islamic head scarf. The vandalism reportedly occurred on April 29.

SEE: Highland Park, NJ man charged with hate crime in mural vandalism 

https://nj1015.com/highland-park-nj-arrest-mural-vandalism-hate-crime-bias-charge/

“We thank law enforcement authorities for their swift action in this case,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut. “The residents of Highland Park have demonstrated clearly that they will not tolerate anti-Muslim bigotry and hate in their community.”

Maksut noted that CAIR-NJ condemned the vandalism after it occurred last month.

 

SEE: CAIR-NJ Condemns Graffiti Defacing Highland Park Mural of Muslim Woman, Welcomes Swift Police Investigation

He also noted that CAIR recently issued a civil rights report showing the highest ever number of reported Muslim civil rights complaints.

SEE: Complaints of Anti-Muslim Incidents, Bias on the Rise in New Jersey

CAIR-NJ Report: https://cair-nj.org/2022-report/

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

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