(South Plainfield, NJ 07/08/2019) - The New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the state’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced today its opposition to the falsely titled “Prohibits anti-Semitism in public schools and institutions of higher education.,” [S. 4001/ A. 5755] which incorrectly conflates legitimate First Amendment protected discussion on American campuses about Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians with the vile bigotry of anti-Semitism.
CAIR is also calling on all New Jersey residents to urge their State Senators and Representatives to oppose and not co-sponsor the act.
ACT NOW: EMAIL YOUR STATE SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVE
CAIR-NJ joins the following organizations in raising serious free speech concerns about New Jersey Senate Bill 4001 and Assembly Bill 5755:
- Jewish Voice for Peace of Northern NJ
- American Muslims for Palestine of NJ
- Palestinian American Community Center
- Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
- Labor for Palestine
- Jewish Voice for Peace, Central New Jersey
- Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
- SOMA for Palestine (South Orange-Maplewood)
- The Muslim Network
- People’s Organization for Progress
“The falsely-titled Prohibits anti-Semitism in public schools and institutions of higher education would only create confusion between what are real and punishable anti-Semitic hate crimes and the protected free speech rights of American students and faculty members,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director Jim Sues.
Sues added: “It is not anti-Semitic to criticize the Apartheid-like policies of a foreign government or for Americans to engage in the international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.”
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.
CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Jim Sues, 908-668-5900, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448,email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,firstname.lastname@example.org