CAIR-NJ Welcomes Mayor Ras Baraka’s Call for an Immediate Ceasefire in Palestine, Calls on NJ Lawmakers to Reevaluate Relationship with Israeli Govt      

(Newark, NJ, 03/01/2024) — The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed Mayor Ras Baraka (D-NJ) statement calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

In a statement, Mayor Baraka wrote:

“The notion that all Palestinians are terrorists is not only wrong, it’s racist. To justify these deaths by saying everyone in Gaza supports Hamas is equally wrong and disturbing. We urge President Biden to work tirelessly on getting humanitarian aid, food, and water to the people in Gaza. And in my estimation, this work requires an immediate ceasefire.” 

SEE:  Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Statement on Ceasefire 

The mayor’s statement comes just one week after CAIR-NJ, in collaboration with the Newark Coalition for Palestine, held a rally on the steps of Newark City Hall calling on council members and the mayor to pass a ceasefire in Palestine resolution.

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Advocacy and Community Relations Coordinator Mousa Naji  said: 

“New Jersey has the highest percentage of Muslims across the country, and Newark is home to a sizable Muslim population.

“With his call for a ceasefire in Palestine, Mayor Ras Baraka has shown that he listens to his constituents and understands their grief and pain. He has shown that he sees the sharp rise in anti-Muslim bigotry following Israel’s invasion of the besieged Gaza Strip and has responded accordingly.

“The mayor’s statement comes at an especially pivotal time: the openly genocidal Israeli government has made clear that it will continue to ravage through Gaza and collectively punish Palestinians in the West Bank even as Ramadan — one of the holiest Islamic months — approaches. This is unacceptable, and every mayor of every New Jersey city and township should unequivocally condemn Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza and destruction of civilian hospitals, schools, homes, and all infrastructure.

“A call for a ceasefire is the first step, but a reevaluation of New Jersey’s ties to Israel must be a top priority for all lawmakers in New Jersey.”

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, dsayedahmed@cair.com, 908-668-5900 ext. 103, 551-221-5592