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CAIR-NJ Condemns Terror Attack on New Zealand Mosques, Urges Stepped-Up Security by Muslim Communities in U.S., Worldwide

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CAIR-NJ Condemns Terror Attack on New Zealand Mosques, Urges Stepped-Up Security by Muslim Communities in U.S., Worldwide

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – 3/15/2019) - The New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), today mourned the deaths of more than 40 worshipers gunned down in terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during prayers on Friday, condemned the apparent anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate that motivated the attacks and urged mosques in the United States and worldwide to step up security measures.

A man who claimed responsibility for the attacks left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto in which he said he was a 28-year-old white Australian and a racist. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the attack was carried out "by an extremist right-wing violent terrorist” and media reports indicate that the manifesto posted before the attack includes anti-Muslim rhetoric.

The white supremacist author of the manifesto called himself a supporter of President Donald Trump, who he sees “as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”

Authorities have detained four people and defused explosive devices following what appeared to be a carefully-planned terror attack.

SEE: Christchurch shootings at two mosques leave 49 dead, Australian arrested in relation to terror attack

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-15/christchurch-shooting-at-mosques-leads-to-multiple-fatalities/10904306

40 Killed in New Zealand Mosque Shootings; 4 Held

https://www.apnews.com/ce9e1d267af149dab40e3e5391254530

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“To God we belong, and to Him is our return. We mourn the heartbreaking killings of men, women and children gathered for prayer in their houses of worship and urge leaders in our nation and worldwide to speak out forcefully against the growing anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate that appears to have motivated these white supremacist terrorists. In the wake of this tragedy, we urge mosques, Islamic schools and other community institutions in the United States and around the world to take stepped-up security precautions, particularly during times of communal prayer.”

Video of the attacks has been posted online. CAIR is asking that the video not be shared.

“Instead of spreading the hate-filled message of terrorists, we should share messages of love and solidarity with the loved ones of those killed or injured in the attacks,” said Awad.

Awad urged President Trump to speak out against the attacks and the white supremacist motive of the terrorists.

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president and has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.

SEE: CAIR Says Trump’s Islamophobic ‘Prayer Rug’ Tweet Designed to Distract from Latest Legal Problems

https://www.cair.com/cair_says_trump_s_islamophobic_prayer_rug_tweet_designed_to_distract_from_latest_legal_problems

The Washington-based civil rights organization is urging mosques and other Islamic institutions to take measures outlined in its "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety" booklet. The advice in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to all institutions, regardless of organizational mission.

The booklet may be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/BestSafetyPractices

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.

  La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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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 Honors Three New Jersey Muslim Mayors at 13th Annual Banquet

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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – 2/18/2019) - On Saturday, February 16, the New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations honored three Muslim mayors from New Jersey before a crowd of over 350 people at it’s 13th annual banquet. 

Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah, and East Orange Mayor Ted R. Green each received a Community Service award, while Montgomery Township Mayor, Sadaf Jaffer, who became the first female Muslim mayor in the country this year, received a Breaking Barriers award.  

Keynote speaker for the event, themed “Faith led, Justice Driven,” was Sheikh Yasir Qadhi, who inspired the guests with his passion for social justice. 

CAIR National Executive Director, Nihad Awad reminded those in attendance of the importance of the work that CAIR does at the national and local level and laid out a plan for the future, with a focus on civic engagement.

CAIR-New Jersey received documents of recognition from Governor Phil Murphy, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and Congressman Donald Payne Jr.

“The guests at this event reflected a resilient and diverse Muslim community that is willing to stand up for its rights and contribute to the betterment of all citizens,” said Jim Sues, Executive Director of CAIR-NJ.  “Our guest speakers spoke to the current concerns of the Muslim community and inspired the audience to continue working hard to help restore unity in our nation.”

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.

 La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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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 Calls for Dismissal of Municipal Employees Who Shared Anti-Muslim, Racist Posts

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CAIR-NJ Calls for Dismissal of Municipal Employees Who Shared Anti-Muslim, Racist Posts

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 2/8/2019) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called for the dismissal of three Hamilton Township municipal employees who shared racist and Islamophobic posts to their Facebook accounts.

Robert DiPastina, who works for the township public works department, and his wife Colleen DiPastina, who works as a civilian Hamilton Police secretary, each shared a post depicting an image of a bearded man in a Muslim shullcap sitting on a toilet with the caption, “This is a Muslim. They don’t use toilet paper. They use their hand. This is Starbucks. They vow to hire 10,000 Muslims.”

Hamilton Township engineering aide Kenneth Enderle shared a graphic featuring happy face emojis as background to the statement, “I haven’t seen this many Democrats dressed in white since they created the KKK.”  The reference was to the female Democrats who wore white clothing at President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address as a tribute to suffragists.

SEE: Hamilton Republicans share anti-Muslim, anti-suffragette Facebook posts

https://www.trentonian.com/news/hamilton-republicans-share-anti-muslim-anti-suffragette-facebook-posts/article_78fd1012-2b47-11e9-8b9f-53b836417d59.html

"The social media posts shared by these municipal employees are offensive and hateful," said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. "The bigoted views expressed by these municipal employees do a disservice to the welcoming and diverse community that New Jersey truly is and should not be tolerated by any government agency. This is just a painful reminder of the extreme divisiveness that characterizes the current political climate at the national level.”

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.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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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.

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