CAIR-NJ Condemns Anti-Semitic Rampage, Expresses Solidarity with Jewish Community

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 07/05/2022) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today condemned a New Jersey man’s spree of anti-Semitic hate crimes, welcomed the federal charges against him and expressed solidarity with the Jewish community.

According to the prosecutor’s office, 27-year-old Dion Marsh committed a series of crimes over an eight-hour period on April 8. He assaulted a Jewish male driver in Lakewood and then, a few hours later, struck three Orthodox Jewish people with his vehicle. Later that night, he stabbed an Orthodox Jewish man. Marsh also attempted to grab a minor and pull him into the vehicle he was driving, according to police. The four victims are recovering from their injuries.

Marsh was arrested at his residence without incident on April 8. He was found lying in bed with a machete on his chest. His indictment includes carjacking, bias intimidation, attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

SEE: NJ Man Indicted on 32 Counts in hate-Crime Terror Rampage in Lakewood, Jackson

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

“We are deeply disturbed by Dion Marsh’s hate crimes, and we are concerned for the safety of local Jewish communities. We condemn this anti-Semitic violence and stand in full solidarity with our Jewish sisters and brothers. We must continue to protect and defend each other from the forms of bigotry that threaten all of our communities.

“This specific incident also highlights two things: The rising tide of racially motivated violence raging through America, and the need for accessible mental health resources that can be instrumental in preventing incidents like these.”

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

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119, smaksut@cair.com.

CAIR, CAIR-NJ Praise Ben & Jerry’s for Standing by Boycott of Illegal Israeli Settlements, Call Unilever’s Sale a ‘Failure’ for Anti-Palestinian Groups 

CAIR, CAIR-NJ Praise Ben & Jerry’s for Standing by Boycott of Illegal Israeli Settlements, Calls Unilever’s Sale a ‘Failure’ for Anti-Palestinian Groups

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 06/30/2022) – The national headquarters and New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today praised Ben & Jerry’s for its steadfast refusal to sell products in illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine and condemned Unilever’s “cowardly” decision to sell its business interest so that a local Israeli company can resume the sales under different names.

Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s New Jersey-based parent company, announced the sale of its business interest to its Israeli company owned by Avi Zinger, who had also sued the Unilever over Ben & Jerry’s decision, according to Unilever’s statement. Ben & Jerry’s has not changed its stance and says it will not profit from the sales.

SEE: Unilever Sells Ben & Jerry’s Israeli Business to Defuse Row

SEE: After backlash, NJ-based Unilever says it’s ending Ben & Jerry’s ice cream ban 

Ben & Jerry’s wrote, “We are aware of the Unilever announcement. While our parent company has taken this decision, we do not agree with it. Unilever’s arrangement means Ben & Jerry’s in Israel will be owned and operated by AQP. Our company will no longer profit from Ben & Jerry’s in Israel. We continue to believe it is inconsistent with Ben & Jerry’s values for our ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

Last year, New Jersey’s Division of Investment pulled $182 million in pension funds out of Unilever, citing a state law that prohibited the investment of state pension funds in businesses that engaged in boycotts of Israel. Six other states, including Florida and New York, did the same.

In a statement, CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:

“We commend Ben & Jerry’s for standing by their decision to boycott illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land, and we condemn Unilever for its cowardly attempt to avoid taking a stance against Israeli apartheid.   

“Unilever’s decision to sell off its business interests in the face of Ben & Jerry’s steadfast refusal to buckle under pressure represents the latest failure of anti-Palestinian groups to bully a principled corporation into submission. Support for Palestinian human rights is spreading around the world, whether they like it or not.”  

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

“We applaud Ben & Jerry’s principled position. At the same time, we are disappointed but also unsurprised by Unilever’s decision. 

“This is what happens when bad faith actors conflate criticisms of Israeli apartheid policies – like illegal sentiments, racist laws and segregated housing – with antisemitism. It’s the aftermath we warned of when we opposed the 2016 anti-boycott law. Boycotts have long been a significant facet of civil rights movements, including in the U.S., and they should be honored.   

“Our office continues to stand firmly against Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine and its violation of international human rights laws, and we call on Governor Murphy to repeal the anti-boycott law that, right now, stands in violation of New Jerseyans’ right to free speech.”  

CAIR, the American Civil Liberties Union, and other civil rights organizations have filed free speech lawsuits against anti-BDS laws in Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona, Maryland, and Texas, where CAIR won a landmark legal victory in 2019.

SEE: CAIR’s Challenge to Texas Anti-BDS Law Supported by Amicus Briefs Filed by Coalition of Civic Groups, Scholars 

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

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119smaksut@cair.com. 

CAIR-NJ Welcomes Advocacy Groups’ Petition Against Increase of Police Presence in Schools

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 6/29/2022) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed a petition to the New Jersey Board of Education by civil rights organizations opposing an increase in police presence in schools following the Uvalde school shooting in Texas that left 19 children and two adults dead.

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, the ACLU of New Jersey and the NAACP of New Jersey, among other advocacy groups, signed a petition pushing back against Governor Phil Murphy’s decision to increase police presence in schools.

In their petition, groups called for evidence-based approaches to school safety that involve non-punitive, relationship-centered practices that avoid and address harm, respond to violations of legal and human rights, and collaboratively solve problems.

Among their demands are the hiring of trained staff such as school psychologists, counselors, and social workers, implementing restorative justice techniques that would allow for open dialogue between students and foster community-building exercises, and introducing social emotional learning, which could reduce exclusionary discipline by decreasing student behavioral issues and conduct problems.

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

“We are deeply saddened at the senseless and tragic school shooting in Uvalde and the overall rise in school shootings, but we are also troubled by the increase of law enforcement presence in schools.      

“Investing more in police presence at schools is not only futile, but also harmful, particularly to immigrant communities and Black and brown students. It risks an increase in school-based arrests for minor offenses and can push non-compliant students out of school and into prison. More importantly, it also takes away from funding from needed services, like mental health counseling and assistance to students.   

“Instead of allocating more funding to law enforcement and security officers, we would like to see those funds put toward hiring mental health professionals, counselors, and social workers who can address students’ needs, foster a culture of safety in schools, and take on a proactive rather than reactive approach to student misconduct. 

“We must work toward eliminating police-in-school programs, and only use police officers in school settings to address violent incidents and external threats. Their use should not be without heavy restrictions on their duties in schools, entirely avoiding internal disciplinary matters. 

“We also welcome initiatives like A660, which would establish mental health assistance programs that can help identify and address students’ mental health struggles and the impact on their academic performance.”  

SEE: CAIR Task Force on Anti-Black Racism: Ending Racist Police Violence in America 

https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Update_Task-Force-Policy-Recomendations.pdf

New Jersey has the highest disparity in the nation in the incarceration rates of Black and white youth, with nearly 18 Black youth incarcerated for every one white youth, even though Black and white youth commit most offenses at similar rates, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Sentencing Project. In 2015-16, the ACLU found that, nationwide, Black students were three times more likely to be arrested in school compared to white students.

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

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119smaksut@cair.com.

CAIR-NJ to Join New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice Rally in Trenton

MEDIA ADVISORY    

CAIR-NJ to Join New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice Rally in Trenton

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 6/21/2022) – On Wednesday, June 22, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will join a coalition of pro-immigration groups at a rally on the steps of the State House Annex in Trenton, N.J., to urge lawmakers to use surplus funds to invest in communities most impacted by economic and social consequences of the pandemic.

Coalition groups will also draw attention to the contrast between the size of New Jersey’s immigrant communities and their relatively small share of budget and policy priorities.

June is immigrant heritage month and the time of year when the state budget negotiations reach their conclusion. Coalition members and community speakers will cover topics from economy, pandemic relief, police reform and accountability, and protections against ICE.

WHAT: Rally to urge Trenton to use surplus to invest in communities most impacted by economic and social consequences of the pandemic

WHEN: June 22, at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: State House Annex at 131-137 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08608

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119, smaksut@cair.com

SEE: NJAIJ Immigrant Heritage Rally

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UOHX7cJRGfboLNr9nLAmaW8vJne4TVPROR-JujYZ4Ik/edit

 

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

“Although Muslims are not new to America — the first Muslims were brought to America as enslaved people — we, along with many other communities of color, continue to be misrepresented and underrepresented.  

“American Muslim communities fall at the intersection of Black America, immigrant America, and working-class America, yet census data consistently undercounts and misrepresents our diversity.  

“We are disappointed in the data aggregation surrounding our communities, which ultimately leads to a disproportionate share of state budget and policy priority being taken away, but we are hopeful in our power and numbers.  

 “We are proud to witness the impact of our sisters and brothers, and we will continue to fight for better representation, whether that’s in the many pockets of public life or census data.” 

 

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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CAIR-NJ Welcomes Dina Sayedahmed as New Communications Manager

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 06/06/2022) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the state office of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that Dina Sayedahmed has been named as its new Communications Manager.  

Before joining CAIR-New Jersey, Sayedahmed worked at CBS News, producing morning and evening news programs. She also worked on Marc Lamont Hill’s show at Al Jazeera English and helped produce Mehdi Hasan’s news analysis videos and politics podcast at The Intercept. Her work largely covers the Middle East and North Africa, state surveillance, and the various forms of American and European imperialism.   

In addition to her work experiences, Sayedahmed regularly volunteers with Bayonne Muslims and leads a weekly halaqa for youth. She is also a budding calligraphist of the Diwani and Thulth scripts.  

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed said:  

“I am humbled by this opportunity to serve the Muslim community in New Jersey and to further CAIR’s mission in advocating for justice and mutual understanding. Given the rising trends of anti-Muslim sentiment and other forms of bigotry, I look forward to working towards tangible improvements in the lives of American Muslims and minority groups.”  

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

“Our office is thrilled to onboard Dina Sayedahmed who brings with her a wealth of expertise and knowledge on media and communications work. Dina’s skills and passion for civil rights and advocacy work will advance our fight against Islamophobia and institutional racism here in New Jersey, and uplift the image of Islam and the American Muslim community.”  

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 Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119, smaksut@cair.com. 

CAIR-NJ Condemns Assault on Muslim Girls at Nail Salon, Welcomes Investigation

CAIR-NJ Condemns Assault on Muslim Girls at Nail Salon, Welcomes Investigation

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 5/25/22) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today condemned an allegedly bias-motivated assault on Muslim girls and women at a nail salon in Clifton, N.J.

CAIR-NJ also welcomed an ongoing investigation led by the Clifton Police Department.

On Saturday, April 30, two Muslim girls, 15 and 13-years-old who wear hijabs (Islamic head scarves), reported that while they were waiting to get their nails done a white woman began shouting at them for “staring at her.” The woman allegedly shouted profanities at the Muslim girls “to go back to their f-ing country you two little punks,” and that “they do not belong here.”

The woman then reportedly hit the 13-year-old Muslim girl on the head. Before leaving the salon, the woman, assuming another hijab wearing Muslim woman in the salon was the girls’ mother, berated her as well, shouting profanities and racist remarks.

The mother of the two girls returned to the salon to find her two daughters crying. When the mother approached the alleged attacker in the parking lot and asked her why she had assaulted her daughters, the alleged attacker reportedly shouted, “go f-ing away from here” and other profanities.

The Muslim mother took pictures of the license plate and the vehicle. When she returned to the salon, other customers corroborated the story told to her by her two daughters, confirming that the two girls did nothing to provoke the woman. The police were then called to the scene.

On Monday, May 2 Clifton police called and asked that the daughters to come to the station. The family went to the station on Tuesday to provide their statements. The Clifton police were also interviewing other witnesses who had been at the salon and saw what happened.

 

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

“We are deeply troubled by this alleged bias-motivated behavior. Physically and verbally attacking two young girls to the point of tears is appalling. We welcome the ongoing police investigation by Clifton officers and hope the matter is taken seriously and justice is done.”

Maksut noted that earlier today, CAIR condemned alleged Islamophobic and racist harassment targeting a Muslim hockey player.

He noted that last month, CAIR released its latest report on the civil rights of American Muslims, titled “Still Suspect: The Impact of Structural Islamophobia,” detailing more than 6,700 civil rights complaints the Washington, D.C., based group received in the past year.

 

“This is an alarming sign that Islamophobia is persistent and systemic in society and government policy,” said Nihad Awad, CAIR National’s Executive Director.  “While we recognize that we’ve made progress as a society in terms of addressing social injustices, our report shows that Islamophobia continues to pose the biggest threat American Muslims are facing.”

“This points toward a still rising trend of Islamophobia, or alternatively, CAIR-NJ still reaching the capacity to address the greater, true amount of Islamophobia,” CAIR-New Jersey said in its report. Additionally, CAIR-New Jersey noted that the data does not comprise all incidents of Islamophobia happening in the Garden State, “but reflects a good sample data of the New Jersey population.”

Of New Jersey’s 104 reports, 41 cases, or 39.4%, involved discrimination; 22 cases, or 21.2%, involved law enforcement; and 14 cases, or 13.5%, involved hate and bias, CAIR-New Jersey said.

CAIR-NJ Report:  https://cair-nj.org/2022-report/

 

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

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119smaksut@cair.com

CAIR-NJ to Join Lobby Day for Same-Day Voter Registration

CAIR-NJ to Join Lobby Day for Same-Day Voter Registration

(PLAINFIELD, NJ, 5/25/2022) – On May 26, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will join a coalition of more than 30 pro-democracy organizations for a lobby day at the statehouse in Trenton to urge the passage of legislation that would establish same-day voter registration in the New Jersey.

Assembly Bill 1966/Senate Bill S247 would establish same-day voter registration in New Jersey, including on election day.

 

SEE: Democracy Advocates to Hold Statehouse Rally and Lobby Day for Same-Day Voter Registration 

https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/democracy-advocates-to-hold-statehouse-rally-and-lobby-day-for-same-day-voter-registration/

 

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

“Voting should be made easy. It is essential that we expand access to the ballot to ensure a fair and health democracy. We urge Muslims and all residents from across New Jersey to rally in Trenton on May 26 to urge lawmakers to pass Same-Day Voter Registration.” 

 

WHAT: Lobby Day for Same-Day Voter Registration in New Jersey

WHEN/WHERE: May 26, 2022, 11 a.m.: Rally in front of Trenton Statehouse

Noon: Lobby Day inside Statehouse, when advocates will urge elected officials to pass A1966/S247 to establish same-day voter registration

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119, smaksut@cair.com

 

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

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CAIR-NJ Condemns Anti-Muslim Bias Incident, Calls for Probe

CAIR-NJ Condemns Anti-Muslim Bias Incident, Calls for Probe  

 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 5/12/22) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today condemned an alleged bias incident targeting a Muslim employee at Subaru in Union by a former colleague.

On May 4, 2022, it was reported to the Union Police Department that bacon strips were placed into the boots and pockets of the work uniform of a Muslim employee at Open Road Subaru Service Center.

[NOTE: Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products and bigots often use pigs or pork to deliberately offend Muslim sensibilities. CAIR offers an “Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices.”]

 

The Muslim employee at the Subaru Service Center alleged that a former colleague who was terminated from the business the week prior was responsible for placing the bacon strips in his uniform and boots. The Muslim employee also accused the former colleague of prolonged verbal bias harassment. The accused would say to the Muslim employee “I’ll bring in bacon bites and feed them to you” and “you’re always blowing things up.”

The former employee accused of the bias incident was terminated from his job immediately after the Muslim employee informed Subaru management of the bias harassment on April 26, 2022. It is alleged that the bacon strip incident occurred when the former employee returned to the Subaru location on April 30 to collect his belongings from the employee locker room.

 

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

  

“This alleged bias harassment and intimidation is reprehensible and should never be tolerated. The workplace should be free of hostility and hate, especially racially motivated.  

“We applaud Subaru for taking action against the bigoted employee and hope they continue to ensure their workspace upholds respect and dignity for everyone. All employers should work to foster inclusivity by shutting down any inappropriate behavior of the type we saw in this case.  

“We thank the Union Police Department for launching an investigation into the incident and hope they will be able to collect enough evidence to charge the accused.”

Maksut noted that CAIR recently issued a civil rights report showing the highest-ever number of reported cases.

 

SEE: Complaints of Anti-Muslim Incidents, Bias on the Rise in New Jersey  

https://north-jerseynews.com/2022/04/28/complaints-of-anti-muslim-incidents-bias-on-the-rise-in-new-jersey/

 

CAIR says in a new report it received its highest ever number of civil rights complaints in 2021, including 104 complaints of incidents against Muslims in New Jersey.

 

“This is an alarming sign that Islamophobia is persistent and systemic in society and government policy,” said Nihad Awad, CAIR National’s Executive Director.  “While we recognize that we’ve made progress as a society in terms of addressing social injustices, our report shows that Islamophobia continues to pose the biggest threat American Muslims are facing.”

“This points toward an ever still rising trend of Islamophobia, or alternatively, CAIR-NJ still reaching the capacity to address the greater, true amount of Islamophobia,” CAIR-New Jersey said in its report. Additionally, CAIR-New Jersey noted that the data does not comprise all incidents of Islamophobia happening in the Garden State, “but reflects a good sample data of the New Jersey population.”

Of New Jersey’s 104 reports, 41 cases, or 39.4%, involved discrimination; 22 cases, or 21.2%, involved law enforcement; and 14 cases, or 13.5%, involved hate and bias, CAIR-New Jersey said.

 

CAIR-NJ Report: https://cair-nj.org/2022-report/

CAIR National Report: https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Still-Suspect-Report-2022.pdf

 

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

 

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CAIR-New Jersey Welcomes Hate Crime Charges for Vandalism of Mural Depicting Muslim Woman

CAIR-New Jersey Welcomes Hate Crime Charges for Vandalism of Mural Depicting Muslim Woman

 

(PLAINFIELD, NJ, 5/6/2022) – 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 hate crime charges against a man suspected of vandalizing a mural in Highland Park, N.J., depicting a Muslim woman wearing an Islamic head scarf, or hijab.

The suspect, a 54-year-old Highland Park native, has been charged with fourth-degree bias intimidation and criminal mischief for allegedly spray painting over the portion of the mural depicting a Muslim woman wearing an Islamic head scarf. The vandalism reportedly occurred on April 29.

SEE: Highland Park, NJ man charged with hate crime in mural vandalism 

https://nj1015.com/highland-park-nj-arrest-mural-vandalism-hate-crime-bias-charge/

“We thank law enforcement authorities for their swift action in this case,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut. “The residents of Highland Park have demonstrated clearly that they will not tolerate anti-Muslim bigotry and hate in their community.”

Maksut noted that CAIR-NJ condemned the vandalism after it occurred last month.

 

SEE: CAIR-NJ Condemns Graffiti Defacing Highland Park Mural of Muslim Woman, Welcomes Swift Police Investigation

He also noted that CAIR recently issued a civil rights report showing the highest ever number of reported Muslim civil rights complaints.

SEE: Complaints of Anti-Muslim Incidents, Bias on the Rise in New Jersey

CAIR-NJ Report: https://cair-nj.org/2022-report/

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

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CAIR-NJ Condemns Graffiti Defacing Highland Park Mural of Muslim Woman, Welcomes Swift Police Investigation

CAIR-NJ Condemns Graffiti Defacing Highland Park Mural of Muslim Woman, Welcomes Swift Police Investigation   

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 4/30/22) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today condemned graffiti defacing a new mural in Highland Park, NJ depicting a Muslim woman wearing an Islamic head scarf, or hijab.

Authorities in Middlesex County are investigating two incidents of graffiti of the new mural located in downtown Highland Park. According to a photo posted to Facebook by the Highland Park Police Department, the defaced portion of the mural depicts a woman wearing the religious head covering.

SEE: Graffiti on New Mural In Middlesex Co. Under Investigation  

https://patch.com/new-jersey/newbrunswick/graffiti-new-mural-middlesex-co-under-investigation

 

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

“It is not enough for local leaders to condemn anti-Muslim hatred publicly on social media. The message must be brought back to their personal circles and intimate gatherings, to those nearest to them, that anti-Muslim hatred is not tolerated here or anywhere. We must make those who harbor anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism, xenophobia, and other forms of bigotry feel uncomfortable and unwelcomed in our presence. Hate must be condemned publicly and privately.   

“We thank the Highland Police department for their swift action, and hope they are able to find those responsible for this vandalism.

“Local interfaith leadership and community members in Highland Park have worked hard to make their town welcoming and inclusive of people of all faiths. The vandals wish to erode the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood built among the diverse local communities through New Jersey, but they will not succeed. We will not let them. Together, our local communities will condemn and overcome this display of ignorance and hate for the sake of a better world.” 

Maksut noted that CAIR recently issued a civil rights report showing the highest-ever number of reported cases.

 

SEE: Complaints of Anti-Muslim Incidents, Bias on the Rise in New Jersey  

https://north-jerseynews.com/2022/04/28/complaints-of-anti-muslim-incidents-bias-on-the-rise-in-new-jersey/

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says in a new report it received its highest ever number of civil rights complaints in 2021, including 104 complaints of incidents against Muslims in New Jersey.

“This is an alarming sign that Islamophobia is persistent and systemic in society and government policy,” said Nihad Awad, CAIR National’s Executive Director.  “While we recognize that we’ve made progress as a society in terms of addressing social injustices, our report shows that Islamophobia continues to pose the biggest threat American Muslims are facing.”

“This points toward an ever still rising trend of Islamophobia, or alternatively, CAIR-NJ still reaching the capacity to address the greater, true amount of Islamophobia,” CAIR-New Jersey said in its report. Additionally, CAIR-New Jersey noted that the data does not comprise all incidents of Islamophobia happening in the Garden State, “but reflects a good sample data of the New Jersey population.”

Of New Jersey’s 104 reports, 41 cases, or 39.4%, involved discrimination; 22 cases, or 21.2%, involved law enforcement; and 14 cases, or 13.5%, involved hate and bias, CAIR-New Jersey said.

 

CAIR-NJ Report: https://cair-nj.org/2022-report/

CAIR National Report:  

https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Still-Suspect-Report-2022.pdf

 

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

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