For Immediate Release - June 30, 2016
On behalf of a broad spectrum of more than 85 Muslim organizations in New Jersey, we join all the people of good conscience in the world and categorically condemn the terrorist attack by suicide bombers at Istanbul Airport that took the lives of 41 innocent people and injured another 239. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and the injured and the victims of all the terrorist attacks around the world. It is obvious now that extremism and terrorism knows no borders and humanity is the victim of this ominous phenomenon.
(South Plainfield, NJ - 6/12/16) - The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today joined the Muslim community of New Jersey to condemn the horrific mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub that left at least 50 people dead and more injured.
“Horrific acts of violence like this have absolutely no justification.” said Jim Sues, Executive Director of the New Jersey Chapter of CAIR. “The Muslims of New Jersey have come together to issue a joint statement of solidarity with their fellow Americans in condemning the horrible mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando on Sunday.”
The joint statement issued by the Muslims of New Jersey:
“On behalf of the Muslims of New Jersey, we would like to express our profound shock, sorrow, and condemnation of the murder of 50 innocent people and injuring of another 53 victims in Orlando, Florida. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with the families of the deceased and the injured.
(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 6/1/16) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the shooting death of Davinder Singh, 47, who was shot at the Power Gas Station on West Market Street in Newark, N.J., sometime before 4:25 p.m. Monday.
Singh's son, Jatinder Singh, said that there was no robbery or struggle, and that a man approached his father and shot him at point blank range. Police said Singh, of Iselin, was pronounced dead at University Hospital shortly before 4:45 p.m.
SEE: Son Believes Shooting Death of Gas Station Owner was Hate Crime
“The lack of any other clear motive for this heinous crime and the fact that Mr. Singh wore a turban may point to a possible bias motive. This attack comes at a time of an unprecedented rise in hate incidents targeting Muslims and those perceived to be Muslims,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “We call on local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this murder and to bring the perpetrator to justice.”
[NOTE: Sikh men who wear beards and turbans as part of their faith are often targeted by bigots who mistake them for Muslims.]
CAIR has in the past spoken out against bias-motivated attacks on American Sikhs.
SEE: CAIR-WA Expresses Solidarity with Sikh Community After Desecration of Temple Mistaken for Mosque
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.
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