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CAIR-NJ, AMP-NJ to Host Emergency Protest & Phone Bank Urging Senators to Block Weapons Sale to Israel

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 5/20/2021) – On Friday, May 21, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) and American Muslims for Palestine New Jersey chapter (AMP-NJ) will hold a protest at the Jersey City office of Senator Bob Menendez to call on Sens. Menendez and Cory Booker to block the sale of deadly weapons to Israel.  

The protest will be broadcasted live and coincide with a live phone bank webinar with guest speakers.  

Senator Bob Menendez is the Chair of the Senate committee on Foreign Relations. Senator Cory Booker also sits in this committee.   

The live phone bank webinar will feature guest speakers such as Zellie Imani of BLM Paterson, Beth Miller of JVP Action, Selaedin Maksut of CAIR-NJ, and Mohammed Hebahh of AMP National.  


WHEN: Friday, May 21st, 3:00 PM EST  

WHERE: 210 Hudson St. Harborside 3, Jersey City, NJ   


WHEN: Friday, May 21st, 3:00 PM EST  


CONTACTS:  Selaedin Maksut, CAIR-NJ Executive Director, 908-668-5900,  

Wassim Kannan, AMP-NJ Vice Chair, 973-856-0180,  

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:   

“The ‘unshakable’ friendship with Israel is shaking across America, and the world. In an unprecedented fashion, New Jerseyans of diverse backgrounds from across the state are standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people and speaking out against the war crimes of the Israeli government. 

“Friday’s joint protest and phone bank webinar is designed to channel the energy of the current moment and call on New Jerseyans to urge Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, to stop our nation’s support for the apartheid state of Israel. 

“The message is clear: End the funding of war crimes.”   

In a statement, AMP-NJ Vice Chairman Wassim Kannan said:   

“Our organizations and community members are in the unique, privileged position of having the Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Menendez, accountable to us. The wave of public opinion is clear, especially in NJ, and we will make that evident in our May 21st action. We are calling on the Senator to make the conscientious decision of halting material support for the destruction being brought upon the Palestinian people. This decision will position him on either the right or wrong side of history. Where will he stand?” 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.  


CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-668-5900,  

Wassim Kannan, AMP-NJ Vice Chair, 973-856-0180, 

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