(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 11/09/2018) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed bias intimidation charges against a woman who spat on, threatened, and used racial slurs against a Muslim family outside of a Jersey City polling place on Tuesday.

On November 6, Asmaa Abdalla, 25, a candidate in Tuesday’s Jersey City Board of Education election, and two of her family members were harassed, physically threatened and assaulted by Shaquana Jones, 31, who was arrested outside School 24 on Virginia Avenue and charged with bias intimidation, simple assault and terroristic threats.

SEE: Muslim family says woman spit on them outside Jersey City polling place


“Hateful acts of violence such as those allegedly carried out in Jersey City on Tuesday cannot be tolerated and must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “While it is empowering to see young Muslim women like Asmaa Abdalla run for elected office, we are again reminded of the poisonous political atmosphere that divides this country by the treatment she and her family members suffered.”

In a recent 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 the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.