CAIR-NJ Welcomes Union City Ceasefire Resolution, Urges Newark Council to Follow Lead   

(NEWARK, NJ, 02/08/2024) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed Union City passing a ceasefire in Palestine resolution and urged the Newark Council to follow their lead.

At least 48 cities across the U.S. have passed symbolic resolutions calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, with six others passing resolutions advocating more broadly for peace.

SEE: US City Councils Increasingly Call for Israel-Gaza Ceasefire, Analysis Shows 

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“Ceasefire resolutions play an important role in confirming what we’ve all known, that a growing number of the American public is vehemently opposed to Israel’s bombardment of Gaza.   

“It is important to see elected officials respond to their constituents, especially as they call for an end to the genocide of their families in Palestine and Gaza, specifically.   

“We hope to see Newark follow the lead of Union City, Paterson, and others and adopt a ceasefire resolution too, making it the biggest city across the state to do so.”

In a statement, North Hudson Islamic Education Center Outreach Director Hamadi Bengabsia said:

“Union City’s Mayor Stack has done what no mayor in Hudson County has done thus far. He felt the pain of his Muslim and Palestinian constituency, and he responded to their call. I am a lifelong area resident and today, I am even more proud of Union City and Mayor Stack. 

“As a state senator representing the 33rd district, we hope to see him push for a ceasefire resolution on the state level too.” 

Israel has killed nearly 28,000 Palestinians in Gaza since October 7 and destroyed all civilian infrastructure, including hospitals and schools.

SEE: These NJ families are mourning 1,000 relatives killed in war in Gaza 

Together, CAIR-NJ, AMP-NJ, and other coalition partners continue to stand in unwavering solidarity with Palestinians and their right to freedom.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.


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