CAIR-NJ Expresses Solidarity with the Jewish Community After ‘Targeted’ Jersey City Shooting

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 12/11/19) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today expressed solidarity with the Jewish community following the targeted attack on a Jewish Kosher deli in Jersey City on Tuesday.

Police in New Jersey say a Jewish supermarket was the target of a gun attack that left six people dead, including the two suspects. Police say the perpetrators reportedly stopped in front of the deli, “calmly opened the door with two long rifles—him and the other perpetrator—and began firing from the street into the facility.” They say the shooting “was a targeted attack on the Jewish kosher deli.”

The attackers have not yet been publicly identified, but New York media has identified them as David Anderson and Francine Graham. Sources tell NBC that Anderson was a follower of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, whose believers say they are the true descendants of ancient Israelites. 

SEE: Jersey City Shooting Was 'A Targeted Attack on the Jewish Kosher Deli'

https://www.npr.org/2019/12/11/787029133/jersey-city-shooting-was-a-targeted-attack-on-the-jewish-kosher-deli

New Jersey killers 'targeted' Jewish supermarket

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50747374

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Jim Sues said:

“We stand in solidarity with our Jewish sisters and brothers and ask people of all faiths and backgrounds to repudiate the hatred that apparently motivated this heinous attack.As a diverse community, we must not allow hatred to be fueled against any person or group.

“We thank local law enforcement authorities for their swift response and offer our condolences to the family of the slain Jersey City police officer and to the loved ones of all those killed or injured."

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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, jsues@cair.com; CAIR-NJ Deputy Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-668-5900, smaksut@cair.com


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  • Adam Carroll
    commented 2019-12-11 18:00:24 -0500
    First of all, though the teachings of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement are militant and provocative, we should be careful before we equate obnoxious speech with incitement and incitement with actual terrorist plots. There are MANY unknowns here. How did the perpetrators proceed from killing the police officer in the cemetery to the Kosher market? Was this a sting operation? So far media reports are speculative and political statements are pandering… if in fact this was a planned attack, then let the evidence be known. So far there is rumor mongering. We Muslims should remember how easy it is for law enforcement and other groups to conflate speech they don’t like or customs they don’t understand with “radicalism” or even worse. I doubt members of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement will want my advice, as a non-person of color, but apparently they better get their house in order.