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Vigil held after diner defaced with anti-Semitic messages

NEWTON -- A "unity vigil" targeting hate was held Sunday afternoon in the town's historic square, one week after a diner elsewhere in Sussex County was defaced with anti-Semitic messages.

The 3 p.m. vigil lasted for nearly 90 minutes and drew religious leaders from multiple faiths.


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Acting together against hate

NEWTON — Asked last week if it was important for a vigil to be held Sunday afternoon, Erin Jacobus said she told the questioner, "it is not. It's vitally imperative we hold it."

Jacobus told the story as the first speaker at that Sunday rally on the Newton Green with a crowd of 80 or more standing in temperature of about 90 degrees, moving around as the shade line of the trees also moved.  


Sara Sheikh, of the Council on American Islamic Relations, said, "We have entered a new era and it's important we stand united and remember that love conquers hate."


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Muslim group fears more Islamophobia after San Bernardino shooting



The country’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization on Thursday condemned the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, while at the same time urging Americans to not jump to conclusions that the attack was the result of radical Islamic terrorism.

Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, spoke at the Islamic Center of Jersey City, where he was joined by more than two dozen New Jersey Muslims, interfaith leaders and local politicians. The group had initially gathered to denounce Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s repeated claims that Muslims in the state celebrated the 9/11 terror attacks.  Read More

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