(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 3/7/13) — The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on Rutgers University officials to condemn Anti-Islam Hate ads that use target images of Muslims or persons in predominantly Muslim countries that have been attacked or killed. CAIR-NJ says the advertisement will create a hostile learning environment for Muslim students.
The advertisement has been circulated by The David Horowitz Freedom Center as part of their Islamic Apartheid Week event.
The David Horowitz Freedom Center funds Jihad Watch, a notorious anti-Islam website. Robert Spencer, who is listed as a staff member on the Freedom Centerâ€™s website and who runs Jihad Watch, is listed by hate monitoring groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League as key to the anti-Muslim hate movement in the United States.
“The advertisement is propaganda meant to spread anti-Muslim sentiment,” said CAIR-NJ Civil Rights Director Khurrum Ali. “University leadership would reasonably condemn statements made by the Ku Klux Klan or anti-Semites and should reject bias directed toward Muslim students.”
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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