CAIR-NJ, AMP-NJ Condemn Planned Sale of Occupied Palestinian Land at Teaneck Synagogue, Call for Federal Investigation

(NEWARK, NJ, 3/4/2024) — The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, along with the New Jersey chapter of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP-NJ) today condemned a planned real estate event to allegedly sell illegally-occupied Palestinian land at a Teaneck synagogue. The groups also called for a federal probe into the planned event to prevent what may constitute illegal activity from occurring.

The event, reportedly organized by “My Home in Israel,” a group based in Occupied Palestine, is set to occur on March 10 at a local synagogue.

Peaceful demonstrations organized by local organizing and interfaith groups are expected to occur to express opposition to the event. CAIR-NJ encourages any New Jersey residents who participate in such peaceful demonstrations to obey all laws and follow the directions of law enforcement.

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

“Houses of worship should be sacred spaces, and it is deeply concerning to see anyone use a house of worship to allegedly flout international law by selling off stolen land.

“Numerous resolutions, including UN Security Council resolutions in 1979, 1980, and 2016, and the prevailing international opinion hold that Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights are a violation of international law. In fact, just days ago, the White House said that new Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestine are illegal and ‘inconsistent’ with international law.  

“Teaneck’s Muslim and Jewish communities have both expressed concern with the sale taking place in their township. We call on federal authorities to act immediately and launch an investigation into this planned event.

In a statement, AMP-NJ Chairperson Wassim Kanaan said:

“We have been mobilizing our communities en masse to protest against a foreign group’s alleged illegal looting and selling of Palestinian territory. 

“We’ve also written to and called the New Jersey Attorney General’s office.

“We are watching Israel commit genocide in Gaza and pillage Palestinians homes in the West Bank and Jerusalem. These are both stark violations of international law. Mayor Mike Pagan must condemn these horrors and federal investigators must act immediately to protect Teaneck from potentially taking part in Israel’s reported violations of international law.”

More than 30,000 Palestinians in Gaza, mostly women and children, have been killed by Israel. An additional 420 Palestinians, including 110 children, in the West Bank have been killed by Israel since October 7, 2023.

Together, CAIR-NJ, AMP-NJ, and other coalition partners continue 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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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, dsayedahmed@cair.com, 551-221-5592