Donald Trump, the real estate developer and Republican presidential candidate, has turned a spotlight on Jersey City and its residents by insisting that the “Arab populations” here celebrated the fall of the twin towers during the September 11, 2001 attacks.
“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down,” Trump said at a rally in Alabama on Saturday. “And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.”
Abdul Mubarak-Rowe, spokesperson for the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, called Trump’s version of events “a bald-faced lie”. “I’ll just be very blunt with you,” Mubarak-Rowe said in a phone interview. “It’s bigoted, racist rhetoric.” Read More
Leaders representing 26 mosques, Islamic centers and Muslim organizations gathered at the Rutgers University visitor's center as political leaders pledged to close their states to Syrian refugees and one presidential candidate suggested the U.S. should only welcome Christian refugees.
Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday joined more than 20 governors, and sent a letter to President Barack Obama notifying him that New Jersey will not accept any refugees from Syria.
"We find these comments reprehensible," said Jim Sues, executive director of the New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. "It demonstrates a lack of compassion on behalf of our Governor. The Syrian refugees are victims of ISIS and as victims they should not have to pay the price for the sins of ISIS." Read More
Jim Sues, executive director of the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said conflating the Paris attacks with the refugee crisis cast an unfair net on an entire group. "You’re kind of implying no Muslim can be trusted," he said.He condemned the Paris attacks and said they were "completely contrary" to Islam.
"Just about every Muslim organization in New Jersey has condemned these attacks in the strongest terms; these are horrific attacks and they really have no basis in the religion," said Sues. Read More