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CAIR-NJ Expresses Solidarity with Jewish Community of Mahwah on Religious Boundary

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, – 8/30/17) — The New Jersey chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) announced today that it stands in solidarity with the Jewish community of Bergen County as it defends the right to religious accommodation. 

This past July, Mahwah Township officials ordered the Jewish community to take down half-inch plastic pipes that had been mounted to utility poles to mark a boundary called an “eruv” because they violate the towns zoning regulations. The boundary allows activities that are typically forbidden in public on the Sabbath to be performed.

Since the order was issued, the pipes designating the eruv have been subjected to vandalism. 

In response to the order, on August 11, the Bergen Rockland Eruv Association filed a lawsuit against the town accusing the town of fanning the flames of xenophobia.

“In an era of legitimized racial and religious bigotry, the bigots have been emboldened,” said CAIR New Jersey Executive Director James Sues.  “This is clearly a case of religious intolerance hiding behind a thin veil of barely-applicable local ordinances.”

A similar dispute erupted in Tenafly, N.J., in 2000 when a local Jewish group sued for the right to mark the ritual boundary.

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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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900,


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