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CAIR Asks NJ Sheriff to Reject Training by Islamophobe Who Calls Islam ‘the Devil’

(South Plainfield, NJ, 10/27/15)- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today announced that it has asked a sheriff in that state to disassociate his department from a November 2 training program featuring notorious Islamophobe Walid Shoebat, who has called Islam "the devil."

NOTE: [CAIR-NJ sent similar requests to other local law enforcement agencies asking that officers not be reimbursed for the cost of Shoebat’s training or be allowed to take the training during working hours.]

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Walid Shoebat

http://www.islamophobia.org/islamophobic-individuals/walid-shoebat.html

CAIR says the training event, “Know Your Enemy,” is offered “for law enforcement only” by Courses Offering Police Specialization (C.O.P.S.) and is being advertised with Ocean County Police Academy contact information. 

SEE: 'Know Your Enemy' Screen Shot

http://www.cair.com/images/press_releases/walid-shoebat-ex-palestinian-terrorist.jpg

The academy is operated by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office in Toms River, N.J. A number of those associated with C.O.P.S. are also employed by local law enforcement agencies.

In a letter to Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy, CAIR-NJ Executive Director James R. Sues wrote in part:

“I respectfully request that your academy publicly disassociate itself from this event and that no in service training credit should be offered to any New Jersey law enforcement personnel who attend the event on their own time.

“Shoebat is perhaps the nation’s most notorious Islamophobe. He does not meet reasonable standards for subject matters experts established by both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“His claims of being a former terrorist were exposed as a fabrication in 2011 by CNN. CNN researchers ‘found no evidence’ to support Shoebat’s trademark claim of being a ‘former PLO terrorist.’

“The Washington Post has reported: ‘Shoebat, who has called Islam ‘the devil,’ says he was recruited by the Palestine Liberation Organization as a teenager. In 1977, he has said, he threw a bomb on the roof of the Bethlehem branch of an Israeli bank. The bank, however, has no record of the incident, and it was never reported by Israeli news outlets.’

SEE: Washington Post Challenges Shoebat’s Life Story

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/25/AR2010062504435.html

“In 2011, researcher Thom Cincotta found, ‘In dozens of YouTube videos, Shoebat suggests Islam is the fake religion of the ‘anti-Christ’ and implies that Muslims bear the ‘Mark of the Beast.’ He denounces Islam and Muslims as inherently violent and savage, recounting an endless litany of (non-terrorist) violent acts committed by individuals in a manner that suggests an irredeemably violent culture.’. . .

“The above information clearly demonstrates that Mr. Shoebat falls well short of reasonable standards for trainers, such as the guiding principles for all training conducted or funded by the Department of Justice training outlined by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole on March 20, 2012. Similarly, Shoebat’s resume disqualifies him as a subject matter expert in light of the Department of Homeland Security’s ‘countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Training Guidance and Best Practices,’ which covers counterterrorism training.”

Background Information on Walid Shoebat:

Video: CNN Exposes Walid Shoebat's Terror Training Scam (CAIR)

Part 1 --http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJN00dBhZVk

Part 2 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74Tzz51VYXg

Shoebat claims that President Obama is a Muslim. In a YouTube video, Shoebat said, "[I]f Islam is not playing the major role in Antichrist spirit, why do you think the devil wants to appoint somebody connected to Islam in the White House?" He told radio host G. Gordon Liddy, "No one is called Hussein unless he is Muslim. So it is very clear that Barack Hussein Obama is definitely a Muslim." 

Video: Shoebat Says Devil Wants Obama in White House

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl5KUQCJND8

Walid Shoebat Falsely Claimed that Obama is "Definitely a Muslim"

http://mediamatters.org/research/200809110018

According to an official who attended a Shoebat lecture at a conference in Las Vegas, the solution he offered for the threat of “militant Muslims” was to "Kill them. . .including the children.”

SEE: Islam-Bashing Bigots Train Counterterrorism Agents

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/12/21/930643/-Islam-Bashing-Bigots-Train-Counterterrorism-Agents

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CAIR Calls on NJ GOP to Repudiate Candidates’ Anti-Muslim, Racist Posts

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 10/14/15) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on Republican State Committee Chairman Sam Raia to repudiate anti-Muslim and racist comments made on Twitter and Facebook by Republican candidates.

CAIR-NJ said New Jersey State Assembly candidate and legislative staffer Synovve Bakke posted a comment on Twitter earlier this year stating: “When Norway decided to start deporting Muslims, crime went down. Sweden, Europe & America should take note #Muslims.” In another tweet, she called President Obama a “radical Muslim apologist.”

SEE: Tweets by Synovve Bakke

http://www.cair.com/images/press_releases/screenshot-nj1015.com_2015-10-14_11-17-52.png

Another Assembly candidate’s Facebook post called Sen. Cory Booker a “lying deceitful piece of filth” and “a lying two face cockroach.”

SEE: N.J. Candidates Talk of 'Muslim Invasion,' 'Cockroach' Booker on Social Media

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/new-jersey/2015/10/8579404/nj-candidates-talk-muslim-invasion-cockroach-booker-social-media  

CAIR is calling on Chairman Raia to repudiate these comments and the intolerant views they represent.

"The statements these candidates have made reveal a level of prejudice that could impact how they would potentially serve their constituents of different faiths and races," said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. "We should hold elected officials and members of their staff to a higher standard because they are obligated to represent and serve all people without bias or favor."

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl5KUQCJND8

Walid Shoebat Falsely Claimed that Obama is "Definitely a Muslim"

http://mediamatters.org/research/200809110018

According to an official who attended a Shoebat lecture at a conference in Las Vegas, the solution he offered for the threat of “militant Muslims” was to "Kill them. . .including the children.”

SEE: Islam-Bashing Bigots Train Counterterrorism Agents

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/12/21/930643/-Islam-Bashing-Bigots-Train-Counterterrorism-Agents

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

 

CAIR-New Jersey Calls for Probe Into Deaths of Shia Muslims in Nigeria

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 12/17/15) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-New Jersey) today joined the U.S. State Department in calling on the government of Nigeria to conduct a credible and transparent investigation into a large number of deaths in recent clashes between the military and a Shia Muslim group.

The American Embassy in Nigeria said in a statement that the United States was “deeply concerned” about reports of the clashes, which began on Saturday afternoon in the northern city of Zaria.

“While many details of the incidents that reportedly began on Dec. 12 remain unclear, we are dismayed to learn of multiple civilian deaths,” the embassy said in the statement. “It is essential that all sides refrain from actions that further destabilize the situation. The United States calls on the government of Nigeria to quickly, credibly and transparently investigate these events in Zaria and hold to account any individuals found to have committed crimes.”

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