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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CAIR-NJ Condemns Rep. Gottheimer’s Alleged Anti-Muslim Remarks at Caucus Meeting, Calls on Him to Address Israeli Violence

CAIR-NJ Condemns Rep. Gottheimer’s Alleged Anti-Muslim Remarks at Caucus Meeting, Calls on Him to Address Israeli Violence

(NEWARK, NJ, 10/12/2023) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s (D-N.J.) reported anti-Muslim remarks about Israel’s war on Gaza at a closed-door caucus meeting.

SEE: ‘Sh-t thing to say’: Tempers flare among House Dems over the Israel war

Rep. Gottheimer allegedly interjected when a Pennsylvania House Democrat said that she did not want any religious community to feel ostracized, referring to a vigil she attended virtually in the wake of Israel’s war on Gaza. The vigil was absent of Muslim leaders. Some of the caucus meeting attendees reportedly overheard Rep. Gottheimer saying, “because they’re all guilty,” while others said he stated, “because they should feel guilty,” allegedly in reference to the Pennsylvania representative’s comment.

Others in the room were also taken aback by Rep. Gottheimer’s remarks, which they saw as insensitive to Muslims, according to Politico. One Democratic lawmaker shouted out: “Joshua!”

Rep. Greg Casar (D-Texas) told Rep. Gottheimer that his remarks were a “sh-t thing to say,” according to Politico, and called him “shameful.”

Rep. Gottheimer later told other Democrats at the meeting that his comments were taken out of context.

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

The allegations against Rep. Gottheimer are deeply disturbing, particularly because members of his constituency wrote to him this week expressing concerns and making direct and clear asks. 

If such allegations are true, it stands that his remarks are not only insensitive, but also accusatory and inflammatory. What, exactly, are Muslims guilty of? What should they feel guilty about? What sort of message does this send?

The representative’s approach to Israel’s occupation of Palestine and its ongoing siege of Gaza — and current war — have been consistently inaccurate and unethical. They overlook and dehumanize Palestinians as a whole. 

We reiterate our asks and call on him to condemn the root cause of violence in Gaza, which is Israel’s ongoing siege and blockade of the strip. We continue to mourn the loss of innocent life and stand firmly in unwavering solidarity with Gazans, who have the right to freedom. 

Separately, CAIR-NJ wrote an open letter to New Jersey elected officials, calling on them to respond to the calls of Palestinian civil society and to act in response to Israel’s war on Gaza.

SEE: Open Letter to New Jersey Elected Officials  

Muslim community members also wrote to their representatives, calling on them to address Israel’s belligerency in Gaza and the Occupied West Bank, which the UN calls a “substantial obstacle to peace.”

SEE: Urge Your Members of Congress to Address Root Cause of Violence 

 

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, NJ Mosques, and Partners Publish Open Letter, Urge New Jersey Elected Officials to Act on Palestine and Address Root Cause of Violence

CAIR-NJ, NJ Mosques, and Partners Publish Open Letter, Urge New Jersey Elected Officials to Act on Palestine and Address Root Cause of Violence    

(Newark, NJ, 10/11/2023) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today disseminated an open letter to New Jersey elected officials calling on them to respond to the calls of Palestinian civil society and to act in response to Israel’s war on Gaza.  

SEE: Open Letter to New Jersey Elected Officials   

The letter states, in part:   

The Muslim community has long called for an end to Israel’s illegal occupation, Palestinians’ right to return to their ancestral lands, and the right to self-determination. This remains our call.  

We write to you today as a consolidation from within your constituency. The undersigned community organizations further urge your respected offices to take the following actions:  

  1. Address Israel’s heightened levels of violence and settlement expansions as of late;  
  2. Review Israel’s continued harassment of Palestinians and Palestinian Americans especially who seek to visit their homelands especially in light of Israel’s admission to the U.S. visa waiver program;  
  3. And to meet with our community to take lead and introduce you to medical and legal experts on Israeli state oppression.   

The Palestinian American Community Center and American Muslims for Palestine co-authored the letter. It was signed onto by fourteen local mosques across the state.   

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

We continue to stand firmly against Israeli occupation and in opposition to Israel’s relentless bombing of civilian infrastructure including hospitals and humanitarian aid, and its ongoing siege and blockade of the 25-mile-long strip.   

Our solidarity and support are unwaveringly with our sisters and brothers in Gaza and the Occupied West Bank.   

Palestinians and Muslim Americans make up a thriving segment of New Jersey’s population. They — we — are committed businesspeople, medical and legal professionals, educators, engineers, elected officials, and much more, and it is entirely unacceptable for elected officials to completely overlook our pain — which is why we are reaching out and reiterating our asks, as we have been over the last week.   

The American Muslim community expects support from our elected leaders and hope to see that in the days to come.  

We wish no harm on any innocent soul, especially no women, or child neither and we mourn the lives lost. Israel and only Israel bears responsibility for the calamities that we have been witnessing for that is the natural result of their oppression.  

CAIR-NJ also called on members of the public to write to their representatives, calling on them to address Israel’s belligerency in Gaza and the Occupied West Bank, which the UN calls a “substantial obstacle to peace.  

SEE: Urge Your Members of Congress to Address Root Cause of Violence 

 

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

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

(Newark, NJ, 10/08/2023) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned New Jersey elected officials’ ignoring of the Palestinian peoples’ suffering at the hands of Israel’s latest onslaught of Gaza, and called on them to meet with Palestinian human rights advocates.

CAIR-NJ has also written to local and state officials with suggested language, additional background information, and resources for their use.

Israeli forces killed at least 232 people and wounded 1,600 others in the Gaza strip in the last 24 hours.

The growing civilian casualty toll comes in response to Hamas’s latest offensive, which killed at least 250 Israelis and wounded hundreds more. The assault on Israel came as a response to the Israeli Defense Forces’ most recent assault on al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and its ongoing siege and blockade of Gaza.

The United Nations has called Israel’s aggressions in Gaza and the Occupied West Bank “illegal under international law” and a “substantial obstacle to peace.”

A number of New Jersey elected officials issued statements in support of Israel’s latest aggressions in Gaza. The New Jersey chapter of American Muslim in Palestine announced a call to join protests in surrounding areas organized by The People’s ForumAl-Awda, and others.

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

We have long condemned, and continue to condemn, Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine. For nearly two decades, Israel has kept Gaza in an open-air prison through its illegal ongoing land, air, and sea blockade. That the people of Gaza effectively broke out of prison — resisting an occupation that is not only inhumane but also illegal under international law — is inevitable and should not be unexpected. We stand with Gazans and Palestinians as they demand dignity.   

We also condemn New Jersey elected officials’ statements in support of Israeli apartheid. To paint an image of one-sidedness is both inaccurate and unethical, and an affront to the Palestinian American families and communities here in New Jersey that have long held up Paterson, Clifton, and other areas throughout the state through community service, business, medicine, legal work, education, and more.    

In the same ways that these elected officials have supported the Ukrainian people’s sovereignty, resistance, and will, they must also do the same for Palestinians, who’ve lived under Israeli apartheid and occupation for the better half of the last century. We urge them to meet with human rights attorneys from Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and to make space for Palestinian defenders of human rights to speak to the reality of Israeli oppression, which very directly affects the thriving Palestinian American constituency here in New Jersey.    

We call on those who support human rights and liberty to join local actions here in New Jersey and surrounding areas in support of the Palestinian call for freedom.

In a statement, the National Lawyers Guild emphasized the legitimacy of the right of the Palestinian people to resist illegal military occupation, apartheid and ethnic cleansing, and urges the United States to stop enabling and arming Israel’s perpetration of its atrocities.

SEE: NLG International emphasizes Palestinian right to resist, stands in solidarity with Palestine

 

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