(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 4/19/2018) — 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 recent anti-Semitic vandalism of a girl’s bathroom at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School in Summit, NJ.

In the sixth incidence of anti-Semitic graffiti in the Summit school district since November, a swastika was found a week ago in the sixth-floor girls’ bathroom.

“The hate symbolized by this act of vandalism has no place in New Jersey and cannot be tolerated,” said James Sues, executive director of CAIR-NJ. “This painful reminder of the extreme divisiveness that characterizes the current political climate at the national level should prompt us to remain vigilant in investigating and prosecuting hate crimes as they occur.”

He noted that CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims as well as members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: Swastika graffiti found in NJ school district


SEE: Sixth Hate Symbol Incident Reported as Another Swastika Found at Summit Middle School


In a published report, CAIR noted a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents and a 15 percent increase in hate crimes against American Muslims since Trump took office.

SEE: 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted


CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.