CAIR-NJ, coalition partners to join Palestinian Americans in New Jersey Who Lost 1,000+ Family Members in Israel’s War on Gaza

MEDIA ADVISORY 

CAIR-NJ, coalition partners to join Palestinian Americans in New Jersey Who Lost 1,000+ Family Members in Israel’s War on Gaza

(NEWARK, NJ, 12/18/2023) – On Tuesday, Dec. 19, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the Islamic Center of Passaic County (ICPC), the Palestinian American Community Center (PACC), and the New Jersey chapter of the American Muslims for Palestine will join Palestinian American families in New Jersey who lost more than 1,000 family members in Israel’s war on Gaza.

Families will share harrowing stories of their family members’ last moments in Gaza.

WHERE: CAIR-NJ Office, 570 Broad Street, Suite 703, Newark, NJ 07102

WHEN: Tuesday, December 19, 11a.m.

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Dina Sayedahmed, dsayedahmed@cair.com, 551-221-5592

RECORDING AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

The news of New Jerseyans losing family members in Gaza comes as Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill distributed a letter to universities calling on them to condemn antisemitism. In her letter, the congresswoman conflates pro-Palestine activism with antisemitism, thereby putting students at direct risk. Advocacy groups have demonstrated outside her office in Parsippany, New Jersey.

SEE: Sherrill Calls on New Jersey Institutions of Higher Education to Combat Antisemitism on Campus

Like Sherill, Congressman Josh Gottheimer has used his social media platforms to regularly condemn pro-Palestine activism on college campuses. When the Students for Justice in Palestine group was suspended at Rutgers University, the congressman accused students of “hate, intolerance, and attacks.”

SEE: Gottheimer calls on Rutgers University to protect students and remove antisemitic, anti-Israel speakers from Dec. 7 event

At the same time, anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian bigotry have been on a steep rise in New Jersey.

CAIR-NJ has recorded nearly 200 cases of bias incidents, employment termination, and academic disciplinary proceedings related to Israel’s war on Gaza.

On the national level, CAIR has documented over 2,000 complaints over a two-month period.

SEE: CAIR Received ‘Staggering’ 2,171 Complaints Over Past Two Months as Islamophobia, Anti-Palestinian Hate ‘Spin Out of Control’

CAIR-NJ continues to stand in unwavering solidarity with Palestinians and their right to freedom.

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

 

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Highland Park must protect police officers from bigotry and abuse

Highland park must protect police officers from bigotry and abuse | opinion

A mosaic.nj.com article.

Published December 08, 2023 | By Ayah Moshet 

In a gross display of negligence and disregard for employee wellbeing, Highland Park postponed Sgt. Mohab Hannout’s hearing for the fourth time. The latest postponement — which pushed his hearing to December 18, 2023 — came just hours before the sergeant was scheduled to take the stand on Thursday, November 30.

Hannout, who was suspended on Aug. 15, 2022, has been without a paycheck for 15 months, adding to his emotional distress and financial strife at the hands of his employer. The reason for his suspension? Hannout would go home during his lunch break, an apparent infraction that is not spelled out in department policy and is a regular occurrence among other officers of the department, according to court documents.

From patterns of over scrutinizing to a series of faith-based harassment, Hannout’s case reeks of anti-Muslim bigotry. But his story is not unique and is a lens into the environment that Highland Park police foster and perhaps even encourage, as substantiated by the police department’s pastor, Gregory T. McLendon.

Hannout’s story began long before he was suspended in August 2022.

For over a decade, members of Highland Park’s police department harassed and discriminated against Hannout, court documents show. Officers hurled racial and ethnic slurs at him, calling him a “camel jockey,” “terrorist,” and “sand ni**er,” among other derogatory and anti-Muslim and anti-Arab terms.

In one incident, an officer evoked Hannout’s ethnic background while responding to a call, according to court documents. In another, Hannout was physically assaulted by another officer on the force. Since filing a complaint against the latter incident, Hannout says that the department has operated like a fraternity against him.

The sergeant says he enlisted in the police force to show a “different side” of Muslims, but much to his dismay, his time with the Highland Park Police Department has been tainted with racial and faith-based aggressions and hostilities.

“It made me feel like I don’t belong there,” Hannout told CAIR-NJ. “It made me feel that if, God forbid, one day I am screaming on the radio for help, nobody’s going to come and get me back up because of their prejudices.”

Still, however, Hannout was keen on maintaining his job and serving his community.

“I stayed and I toughed it out and I endured all the discrimination, and eventually, I was able to get promoted,” Hannout said.

What came afterward — in the immediate aftermath of his promotion — felt like a “slap in the face,” according to Hannout.

During his promotion ceremony, he was given an old and scratched-up badge, whereas his colleague, who was also promoted alongside him, was given a new badge. The department did not exchange his badge until he wrote to the police chief, offering to pay for a new one out of pocket.

These incidents, some of which show explicit bias while others show implicit bias, are a window into Highland Park Police. Over the last three years, five officers of color resigned from Highland Park police, making Hannout and two other officers the only officers of color in Highland Park, a township that is nearly 40% people of color.

Hannout’s attorney — who also happens to be a former Boston police officer — Peter Paris of Beckett and Paris Firm, told CAIR-NJ that while Highland Park is “one of the most liberal, inclusive, diverse towns in Middlesex County, [it] has this island of white male domination in its police department. The internal culture is the issue.”

The NAACP investigated the Highland Park Police Department and found that a Black person was 11 times more likely to be a subject of the police force in Highland Park. The township’s former mayor, Gayle Brill-Mittler, held a town hall meeting in 2019 to discuss the department’s habitual racial profiling that has been prevalent in the community for years, according to The Force Report.

Highland Park police maintains a two-tiered disciplinary system, one for white officers and the other for officers of color, according to Paris.

“Multiple people were reported sleeping on the job and were not fired,” Paris said.

Another officer at the department had left Highland Park entirely during his shift and drove several miles away, according to Paris, and was not penalized in the same manner. In his advocacy for Hannout, Paris is asking for a fair modicum of discipline and for the department to abandon its over scrutiny of officers of color and, specifically, Hannout.

While the police department’s pastor, Gregory T. McLendon, substantiated Hannout’s claims of racism and bigotry within the Highland Park Police Department, Mayor Elsie Foster denied being aware of any bigoted incidents in a meeting with CAIR-NJ. The mayor also ducked her responsibility to serve as the hearing officer.

Mayor Foster’s silence in the face of claims of bigotry and abuse happening right under her nose — abuse so severe that it has inflicted emotional distress and financial strife on the only Muslim officer in Highland Park — makes her complicit in the racism and bigotry gripping her own police department. 

Until the mayor takes concrete action to protect her officers of color from bigotry and abuse, her calls to diversify the Highland Park Police Department can only ring hollow. 

 

Ayah Moshet is the editorial writing and legal research intern at CAIR-NJ.

CAIR-NJ to Join AMP-NJ and Coalition Partners in Support of Jersey City Ceasefire Resolution

MEDIA ADVISORY 

CAIR-NJ to Join AMP-NJ and Coalition Partners in Support of Jersey City Ceasefire Resolution

(NEWARK, NJ, 12/05/2023) – On Wednesday, Dec. 6, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will join the American Muslims for Palestine’s New Jersey Chapter, Jewish Voices for Peace New Jersey chapter, and the Democratic Socialists of America New Jersey chapter at a press conference calling on Jersey City officials to vote for a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Palestine.

WHERE: City Hall of Jersey City, 280 Grove St., Jersey City, NJ 07302

WHEN: Wednesday, December 6, 11 a.m.

LIVESTREAM: CAIR-NJ FacebookAMP-NJ Facebook

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 862-264-9414; AMP-NJ Chairperson Wassim Kanaan, 973-856-0180, wkanaan@ampalestine.org

Jersey City Heights Councilman Yousef Saleh presented a resolution last week calling on President Joe Biden to demand a permanent ceasefire in Palestine.

The resolution was pulled from the agenda last week and will be voted on at a special meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 4p.m.

SEE: Jersey City council to vote on resolution calling for cease-fire in Gaza   

The Palestinian death toll in Gaza is nearing 16,000. The overwhelming majority of casualties are civilians. At the same time, Israel has doubled the number of Palestinian prisoners in the West Bank.

SEE: Israel-Gaza war updates: 100s killed in last 24 hours in Israeli strikes

SEE: Israel arrests almost as many Palestinians as it has released during truce

Together, CAIR-NJ, AMP-NJ, and coalition partners continue to stand in unwavering solidarity with Palestinians and their right to freedom.

 

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CAIR-NJ, AMP-NJ, PACC to Address NJ Elected Officials’ Responses to Calls for a Ceasefire in Gaza and West Bank

MEDIA ADVISORY

CAIR-NJ, AMP-NJ, PACC to Address NJ Elected Officials’ Responses to Calls for a Ceasefire in Gaza and West Bank

(NEWARK, NJ, 11/20/2023) – On Tuesday, Nov. 21, the Council on American-Islamic Relations of New Jersey (CAIR-NJ) will hold a joint press conference with the American Muslims for Palestine’s New Jersey chapter and the Palestinian American Community Center to address New Jersey elected officials’ responses to calls for a ceasefire in Gaza and the West Bank.

WHERE: CAIR-NJ Office, 570 Broad Street, Suite 703, Newark, NJ 07102

WHEN: Tuesday, November 21, 11 a.m.

LIVESTREAM: CAIR-NJ Facebook

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, 908-668-5900 ext. 103, dsayedahmed@cair.com; American Muslims for Palestine-NJ Chairperson Wassim Kanaan, 973-856-0180, wkanaan@ampalestine.org; Palestine Education Director Basma Bsharat, 973-253-6145, bbsharat@paccusa.org

The three groups have met with several New Jersey congressmembers since October 7, calling on them to support a ceasefire in Gaza and to address the root causes of violence and aggression in Palestine. The groups will highlight each official’s response to their calls at Tuesday’s press conference.

The Israeli government has killed more than 13,000 Palestinians since its raid of Gaza on October 7. The Israeli government has also doubled its number of Palestinian captives and prisoners.

SEE: Palestinian Death Toll in Gaza Tops 13,000 as Israel Repeatedly Strikes U.N. Schools Housing Refugees

SEE: Israel doubles number of Palestinian prisoners to 10,000 in two weeks

In New Jersey, American Muslims and Palestinian Americans are experiencing unprecedented levels of bigotry. Many have faced retaliation in their workplaces and academic settings for speaking up in support of Palestine.

SEE: Anti-Palestinian, anti-Muslim attacks on rise in NJ amid Israel-Gaza conflict, advocates say

SEE: New Jersey residents express overwhelming grief after learning Palestinian relatives were killed in Gaza

The three groups have consistently called on New Jersey elected officials to take action and condemn the root cause of violence in Gaza, which is Israel’s ongoing siege and blockade of the strip.

SEE: CAIR-NJ Calls on NJ Elected Officials to Meet with Palestinian Human Rights Advocates, Stands in Solidarity with Gaza

SEE: Open Letter to New Jersey Elected Officials Address Root Cause of Violence: Israel’s Occupation of Palestine

Together, CAIR-NJ, AMP-NJ, and PACC continue to stand in unwavering solidarity with Palestinians and their right to freedom.

 

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CAIR-NJ to Attend Highland Park Police Sergeant’s Termination Hearing, Sergeant Alleges Ethnic and Religious Discrimination

MEDIA ADVISORY

CAIR-NJ to Attend Highland Park Police Sergeant’s Termination Hearing, Sergeant Alleges Ethnic and Religious Discrimination

(NEWARK, NJ, 11/15/2023) — On Thursday, November 16 at 10 a.m.,  the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will attend the termination hearing of Highland Park’s Sergeant Mohab Hannout.

SEE: Highland Park officer suspended without pay, claims discrimination

The sergeant, who is allegedly facing ethnic and religious harassment and discrimination within the police department according to court documents, was suspended without pay more than one year ago.

The Highland Park Police Department has fostered a “culture of explicit and implicit bias against Black and brown officers by creating a two-tiered disciplinary system: one for whites and one for ‘others,’” court documents read.

WHEN: Thursday, November 16, 2023, at 10 a.m.    

WHERE: Highland Park Municipal Building, 221 S. 5th Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904 

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, dsayedahmed@cair.com, W: 908-668-5900 ext. 103, C: 551-221-5592       

Court documents detail incidents of alleged discrimination, harassment, and bullying that Hannout has endured during his 17-year tenure at the Highland Park Police Department. In one instance, Hannout’s ethnic background was allegedly evoked by a high-ranking official while responding to a call. The same official would allegedly call Hannout a “terrorist.”    

Separately, another high-ranking official allegedly asked if Hannout’s ethnic group was “stupid” in response to another call.   

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed said:   

“We are deeply disturbed by the allegations that Sergeant Mohab has made against the Highland Park Police Department, but his case seems to be just the tip of the iceberg.    

“The police department is overwhelmingly white, despite at least 38 percent of the borough population being non-white. Over the last three years, five Black officers have left the department. This is alarming.   

“The Borough has taken positive steps toward eliminating racism within its jurisdiction, but there still seems to be a long way to go within the police department especially.   

“We are optimistic that Mayor Elsie Foster will investigate Hannout’s credible claims in good faith and work to ensure that the apparent explicit and implicit biases within the Highland Park Police Department do not go unchecked.”    

Hannout’s hearing was originally scheduled for June 14, 2023, then postponed to September 8, 2023, and then postponed to November 16, 2023. The Sergeant has been on unpaid leave since August 15, 2022.

Hannout has previously filed suit against the Highland Park Police Department for discrimination. The department settled in 2017.  

 

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 Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, dsayedahmed@cair.com, W: 908-668-5900 ext. 103, C: 551-221-5592 

CAIR-NJ Echoes NJ Islamic Center Coalitions’ Disappointment in Elected Officials, Calls for Ceasefire

CAIR-NJ Echoes NJ Islamic Center Coalitions’ Disappointment in Elected Officials, Calls for Ceasefire 

(NEWARK, NJ, 11/03/2023) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today echoed the message of a coalition of New Jersey Islamic centers.

60 Islamic centers from across New Jersey have co-authored a letter addressed to Governor Phil Murphy and  New Jersey’s federal Senators and Representatives.

Their coalition letter states, in part:

“Your initial statements in particular were devoid of any context and largely ignored the reality of death, despair and destruction long befalling millions of innocent Palestinian civilians. These statements and those of our national leaders have also put the lives of Muslim, Arab and Palestinian Americans in jeopardy including a rise in Islamophobia and putting our constitutional rights at risk as our students and professionals are subject to intimidation and harassment. As concerned citizens who value justice and peace on a global scale, we feel compelled to express our concerns about the direction of the one-sided support that you have provided.”

It goes on to state:

“We now address you as bellwethers of a changing tide of sentiment between the Muslim community and our elected representatives. This division will mark a significant shift in public opinion of elected officials who are supposed to represent them. To date, only Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman has shown the courage and integrity to stand with the rest of the world’s voices (120 countries) and vote for an immediate ceasefire.”

SEE: New Jersey Muslim Coalition Letter

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

“This letter representants the collective frustration of New Jersey’s American Muslim community. We demand our representatives across the board do better. We echo the coalition’s demands and urge our elected officials to call for an immediate ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and to be a voice of justice, peace, and equality.

“It is outrageous to me that so many of our elected officials have prioritized the interests of a foreign government over their own constituents’ and that they have signed onto a genocide, over and over again, despite being implored not to. 

“New Jersey’s Palestinian and Muslim communities have been directly impacted by Israel’s bombardment of Palestine. Our call for a ceasefire has been met with a deafening silence beyond comprehension.

“This moment has marked a shifting tide between Muslims across the nation and in New Jersey specifically, and their elected officials who have neglected their responsibility to their constituents.” 

Maksut also noted that the CAIR-NJ office has received well over 100 calls for help in the past four weeks. That’s more than the past nine months combined. Normally CAIR-NJ receives two to four calls a week. Maksut called on New Jersey elected officials to condemn alarming rise in anti-Muslim incidents occuring in all sectors of public life. 

The Palestinian death toll in Gaza has risen past 9,000, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu adamantly rejects a ceasefire.

SEE:  Netanyahu declares it is ‘time for war’ as Israel hails hostage release

SEE: Gaza receives largest aid shipment so far as deaths top 8,000 and Israel widens military offensive   

CAIR-NJ continues to urge elected officials to push for a ceasefire in Gaza and across the West Bank as Israeli aggressions mount. The groups also mourns the loss of life in Palestine and stands firmly in unwavering solidarity with Palestinians and their right to freedom.

SEE: Ceasefire Now

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, dsayedahmed@cair.com, 908-668-5900 ext. 103

CAIR-NJ Calls for Firing of Princeton University Staff Member Who Allegedly Assaulted Pro-Palestine Protesters

CAIR-NJ Calls for Firing of Princeton University Staff Member Who Allegedly Assaulted Pro-Palestine Protesters     

(NEWARK, NJ, 10/31/2023) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Princeton University to terminate the employment of a staffer who allegedly for assaulted pro-Palestine protesters on Saturday, October 28.       

In a video, the staffer is reportedly seen shouting at protesters, making obscene gestures, and filming them.       

SEE: Princeton University staff member runs off with Jewish student’s phone at pro-Palestine protest    

SEE: Princeton University Staff Member Allegedly Assaults Pro-Palestine Protesters    

In another video, the employee is shown speaking with a protester at first. She is then shown grabbing another protester’s phone and running off with it. In the process of grabbing the protester’s phone, she also apparently pulls the protester’s hair.     

SEE: Princeton Protest   

SEE: Princeton staff member assaults student at pro-Palestine protest in town   

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

“We’ve seen a sharp uptick in anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian bigotry over the past month, but this case is especially alarming. Had the protesters not controlled the environment, there is no saying what could have happened and who could have been harmed by this violence and aggression.    

 “According to those at the scene, the assailant allegedly both heckled protesters and violated an individual’s personal space and attempted theft when she grabbed a protester’s phone and ran off with it. The facts of this incident are so outrageous that, had there not been video evidence of the incident, it would’ve been entirely unfathomable.       

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 Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, dsayedahmed@cair.com, 908-668-5900 ext. 103

CAIR-NJ to Hold Press Conference with NJ BOE Member Whose Family Members Were Killed in Gaza by Israeli Airstrikes

CAIR-NJ to Hold Press Conference with NJ BOE Member Whose Family Members Were Killed in Gaza by Israeli Airstrikes

(NEWARK, NJ, 10/31/2023) – On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the Council on American-Islamic Relations of New Jersey (CAIR-NJ) will hold a press conference to discuss Israel’s ongoing war on Gaza.

Israeli occupation forces killed nine family members of Franklin Township Board of Education Member, Sami Shaban. Another family member is in critical condition as he heals from white phosphorus burns caused by Israeli airstrikes.

WHERE: CAIR-NJ Office, 570 Broad Street, Suite 703, Newark, NJ 07102

WHEN: Wednesday, November 1, at 11a.m.

LIVESTREAMCAIR-NJ Facebook Live

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, 908-668-5900 ext. 103, dsayedahmed@cair.com

Israeli occupation forces killed 15 members of a New Jersey imam earlier this month.

SEE: This NJ imam was comforting bereaved. Then he saw on TV that 15 of his family were killed.

The Palestinian death toll in Gaza has risen past 8,000, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejects a ceasefire.

SEE:  Netanyahu declares it is ‘time for war’ as Israel hails hostage release

SEE: Gaza receives largest aid shipment so far as deaths top 8,000 and Israel widens military offensive   

CAIR-NJ continues to urge elected officials to push for a ceasefire in Gaza and across the West Bank as Israeli aggressions mount. The groups also mourns the loss of life in Palestine and stands firmly in unwavering solidarity with Palestinians and their right to freedom.

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CAIR-NJ, AMP-NJ to Hold Joint Press Conference Calling on New Jersey Officials to Support Ceasefire in Gaza

MEDIA ADVISORY     

CAIR-NJ, AMP-NJ to Hold Joint Press Conference Calling on New Jersey Officials to Support Ceasefire in Gaza    

(NEWARK, NJ, 10/18/2023) – On Thursday, Oct. 19, the Council on American Islamic Relations New Jersey (CAIR-NJ) and the American Muslims for Palestine New Jersey will hold a press conference to call on New Jersey elected officials to support Rep. Cori Bush’s resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza strip.  

WHERE: Rep. Bill Pascrell’s office, 200 Federal Plaza, Paterson, NJ 07505 

WHEN: Thursday, October 18, 2023 at 1 p.m.  

LIVESTREAM: CAIR-NJ Facebook Live   

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, 908-668-5900 ext. 103, dsayedahmed@cair.com; AMP-NJ Chair Wassim Kanaan, 973-856-0180   

SEE: Cori Bush leads ‘Ceasefire Now Resolution’ on Israel-Hamas war   

Rep. Bush introduced the Ceasefire Now Resolution on Monday, urging President Biden to push for and facilitate a cease-fire and de-escalation of Israel’s war on Gaza and to “promptly send and facilitate the entry of humanitarian assistance into Gaza.”    

Joining Rep. Bush as co-sponsors are Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Jamaal Bowman (N.Y.), Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.), Jesús “Chuy” García (Ill.), Jonathan Jackson (Ill.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Nydia Velázquez (N.Y.).  

Aside from issuing a statement on October 7 in support of Israel, Rep. Bill Pascrell has remained silent in the wake of Israel’s war on Gaza, even as Israel launched an airstrike on a hospital in Gaza, killing over 500 Palestinians, bringing the overall death toll in Gaza from the past week to over 1,000. The congressman represents a sizeable Palestinian and Muslim constituency.    

SEE: One Palestinian child in Gaza killed every 15 minutes by Israeli forces  

CAIR-NJ and AMP-NJ continue to mourn Israel’s massacre of Palestinians stand firmly in unwavering solidarity with Palestinians and their right to freedom. The two groups continue to call on New Jersey elected officials to respond to Palestinian civil society and Palestinian American’s calls to action as the Palestinian death toll in Gaza rapidly climbs.  

  

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, 908-668-5900 ext. 103, dsayedahmed@cair.com; AMP-NJ Chair Wassim Kanaan, 973-856-0180  

PACC, CAIR-NJ to Hold Joint Press Conference to Address Rising Anti-Palestinian and Anti-Muslim Bigotry

MEDIA ADVISORY

PACC, CAIR-NJ to Hold Joint Press Conference to Address Rising Anti-Palestinian and Anti-Muslim Bigotry 

(Clifton, NJ, 10/13/2023) – The Palestinian American Community Center (PACC) of Clifton New Jersey, and the Council on American Islamic Relations of New Jersey (CAIR-NJ) will hold a press conference on Monday, October 16 to address the rise in anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim bigotry unfolding in New Jersey in response to Israel’s war on Gaza.

WHERE: Palestinian American Community Center at 388 Lakeview Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07011

WHEN: Monday, October 16, 2023 at 1p.m.

LIVESTREAM: PACC Facebook LivePACC Youtube Live 

CONTACT: Palestine Education Director Basma Bsharat, 973-253-6145, bbsharat@paccusa.org; CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, 908-668-5900 ext. 103, dsayedahmed@cair.com

The Israeli government has called on nearly half of the population in Gaza to evacuate as it continues its war on the 140.9-square mile strip. Since launching its war earlier this week, the Israeli military has killed at least 1,537 Palestinian civilians in the Gaza strip, including 500 children and 276 women. An additional 6,612 Palestinian civilians have been wounded in Israeli air strikes on the blockaded enclave.

SEE: Palestinians killed in Israeli strike on Gaza refugee camp

Palestinian Americans and Muslims in New Jersey have since endured a wide range of bigoted attacks, from the physical to the verbal. Together, PACC and CAIR-NJ will address these incidents and release a joint action plan.

Together, the two groups have called on New Jersey elected officials to take action and condemn the root cause of violence in Gaza, which is Israel’s ongoing siege and blockade of the strip. 

SEE: CAIR-NJ Calls on NJ Elected Officials to Meet with Palestinian Human Rights Advocates, Stands in Solidarity with Gaza

SEE: Open Letter to New Jersey Elected Officials Address Root Cause of Violence: Israel’s Occupation of Palestine

PACC and CAIR-NJ continue to mourn the loss of innocent life and stand firmly in unwavering solidarity with Palestinians and their right to freedom. 

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