CAIR-NJ, AMP-NJ Welcome Jewish Link Apology for Anti-Palestinian ‘Joke,’ Call for Additional Remedial Steps
(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 3/19/2021) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) and American Muslims for Palestine of New Jersey (AMP-NJ) today welcomed the Jewish Link’s apology for its “Purim satire” edition piece entitled “100,000 Palestinians shot by Israeli soldiers.” CAIR-NJ and AMP-NJ called on the Jewish Link to take additional measures to remedy any remaining bias against Palestinians within its network.
Jewish Link Apology:
“We apologize for our news brief in our February 25, 2021 Purim Satire section, entitled “100,000 Palestinians shot by Israeli soldiers.” It was offensive, in poor taste, and we regret it.”
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In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:
“Acknowledgment is always the first step toward reconciliation. We welcome the Jewish Link’s apology and hope this teachable moment be used to address internal bias and educate against the use of dehumanizing language.”
In a statement, AMP-NJ Vice Chairman Wassim Kanaan said:
“The normalization of violence against the Palestinian people is a pressing matter in mainstream American culture. As we have seen far too often, hateful and dehumanizing rhetoric is very often followed with direct acts of discrimination.
“This step is the first step; however, in order to rectify this issue, there must be robust and honest conversations within the communities that Jewish Link serves about the reality of Palestinian day-to-day experiences and the colonization of Palestine as a whole. AMP-NJ is committed to contributing to the conversation.”
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.