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CAIR-NJ Expresses Solidarity with Jewish Community of Mahwah on Religious Boundary

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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, - 8/30/17) -- The New Jersey chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) announced today that it stands in solidarity with the Jewish community of Bergen County as it defends the right to religious accommodation. 

This past July, Mahwah Township officials ordered the Jewish community to take down half-inch plastic pipes that had been mounted to utility poles to mark a boundary called an “eruv” because they violate the towns zoning regulations. The boundary allows activities that are typically forbidden in public on the Sabbath to be performed.

Since the order was issued, the pipes designating the eruv have been subjected to vandalism. 

In response to the order, on August 11, the Bergen Rockland Eruv Association filed a lawsuit against the town accusing the town of fanning the flames of xenophobia.

“In an era of legitimized racial and religious bigotry, the bigots have been emboldened,” said CAIR New Jersey Executive Director James Sues.  “This is clearly a case of religious intolerance hiding behind a thin veil of barely-applicable local ordinances.”

A similar dispute erupted in Tenafly, N.J., in 2000 when a local Jewish group sued for the right to mark the ritual boundary.

SEE: Jewish Boundary Markers Stir Tension in N.J.

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/29/jewish-boundary-markers-stir-tension-in-n-j/

Damage to Disputed Jewish Boundary Investigated as Hate Crime

http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2017/08/damage_to_disputed_jewish_boundary_investigated_as_hate_crime.html

Jewish Group Takes Town to Court Over Boundary Ban

http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2017/08/jewish_group_takes_town_to_court_over_boundary_ban.html

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-NJ to Join Congressman Bill Pascrell in Condemning Terror Attack on Va. Anti-Racist Rally, Decries Trump's 'Failure of Moral Leadership'

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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 8/14/2017) – Today, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell in a press conference 11:30 a.m. at the Municipal Courthouse in Secaucus, N.J.

Given the response from President Trump after the tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., and the increasing prominence of dangerous white supremacy groups, the representatives will call on action from the White House and our nation's leaders.

ATTENDING:

  • U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell
  • Abdul-Alim Mubarak-Rowe, Communications Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) New Jersey Chapter
  • Steven Goldstein, Executive Director, Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect
  • Rev. Ray Clayton, Senior Pastor, St. Luke Baptist Church (Paterson, N.J.); President of the Paterson Branch NAACP

LOCATION: Municipal Court, 1203 Paterson Plank Rd, Secaucus, NJ 07094

TIME: 11:30 a.m.

DATE: Today, Monday, August 14, 2017

"We condemn this act of domestic terrorism, urge all Americans to denounce the racists and Islamophobes brought to that city by the ‘Unite the Right’ rally,” said James Sues, executive director of CAIR-NJ.  “The reluctance of President Trump to call out these racist groups by name and denounce their ideology constitutes a failure of moral leadership and serves to further embolden the followers of this movement.”

SEE: Trump Blames 'Many Sides' for Violence in Charlottesville

http://time.com/4898272/donald-trump-charlottesville-violence-rally  

CAIR Condemns Planned White Supremacist Rally in Virginia, Urges Rejection of Confederate Memorials Nationwide

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14520-cair-condemns-planned-white-supremacist-rally-in-virginia-urges-rejection-of-confederate-memorials-nationwide.html

SEE: American Mosques -- and American Muslims -- are Being Targeted for Hate Like Never Before

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/nation-world/article/American-mosques-and-American-Muslims-are-11742354.php

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.

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 CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR- NJ Communications Director Abdul Alim Mubarak-Rowe, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-NJ Joins Call for Resignation of Board of Education Member Over Islamophobic Remark

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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 6/28/17) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today joined Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah in calling for the resignation Board of Education Member Emma Anderson because of an Islamophobic remark she made at a public meeting of that board.

While Mayor Khairullah had the floor in a Prospect Park Board of Education meeting on June 27, 2017, and was expressing his position on an issue, Anderson interrupted with the statement, "This is not Sharia law, this is an orderly session."

Video: 'This is not Sharia law, this is an orderly session.'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb5elvmoZ9o

“Anyone who is capable of using such divisive terms against me is capable of using similarly hostile terms against others in the community,” said Mayor Khairullah, “Therefore, I am calling for the immediate resignation of Board Member Emma Anderson and ask that the County Superintendent of Schools and the New Jersey Department of Education investigate the matter fully and take appropriate action based on the results of that investigation.”

“Bigoted statements like those made by Ms. Anderson are extremely offensive and demonstrate a level of intolerance that should disqualify her from serving on any organization overseeing the education of children,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “We applaud Prospect Park Mayor Khairullah for his courage and leadership in taking a stand against bigotry.”

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