NJIFC Condemns Bomb Threats and hate to the Palestinian-American Community Center
June 3, 2021

The member organizations of the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition (NJIFC) condemn the recent bomb threats and graphic and hateful language directed at staff members of the Palestinian-American Community Center (PACC) in Clifton, New Jersey in a series of increasingly harassing phone calls on June 1. We stand in solidarity with the PACC and the Palestinian American community’s right to express their views and live their lives without fear or intimidation.

We also condemn the recent surge of violent hate crimes in NJ and across the nation.

We call upon people of all faiths, views and backgrounds to join us in speaking out against any threats or violence against the Palestinian-American community. We are heartened to see elected officials in New Jersey, including NJ Governor Murphy, and several faith groups issuing statements condemning this hateful act and expressing solidarity and support with members of the Palestinian-American Community.

NJ Interfaith Coalition is committed to respecting the dignity of all human beings and stands against hate and bigotry of any kind with a continuing commitment to the "Stand Up for the Other Pledge" as a key principle in promoting unity and understanding among people.

As faith leaders, we cannot allow any acts of hate, including the century old Tulsa massacre to go unnoticed or we risk the growth of indifference to intolerance.  As a Coalition, we will continue to speak out against all forms of hate, bigotry and violence as we have done in the past.

From the NJIFC Team & Friends
American Muslims for Democracy, Nadeem "Nick" Saleem
Arab American Civic Org., Ken Khader Abuassab
Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, Prof. Jonathan Golden
Community Access Unlimited, Walter Kalman
Congregation B'nai Tikvah, Rabbi Robert L. Wolkoff
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Vicar Brandi Hebert
Fanwood Presbyterian Church, Rev. David Jahnke
First Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hunterdon County, Seth Fisher
Gracious Center of Learning & Enrichment Activities, Eajaz Rawoof
Greater Mt Moriah Baptist Church, Rev Barry Wise II
Ignite UMC, Nova Villa Vitug-Thoma
Islamic Center Of East Brunswick, Muhammad Hashmi
Islamic center of Union County, Dr Wail Rasheed
Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, Dr. M. Ali Chaudry
Islamic Society of Central Jersey, Muhammad Ashraf
JCC of Central NJ, Beth Mitchell
Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church, Barnabas Sprinkle
Masjid Waarith Ud Deen, Imam W. Deen Shareef
Masjid-e-Ali, Dr. Alex Kharazi
MCWRET, Joseph Ritacco
Muslim Federation of South Jersey, Saima Bhutta
Muslim League of Voters, Jimmy Small Salam
Mustafa Abdi, Muslim for Peace
NJ Muslim Voice for Progress, Ayaz Aslam
Plainfield Center of Islamic Enlightenment, Bassem Elsayed
Presbyterian Church (USA), Rev Howard A Bryant
Santa Isabel Lutheran Church, Rev. Ramon Collazo
Temple Beth El, Rabbi Eli Garfinkel
Temple Beth-El, Jersey City, Rabbi Leana Moritt
Temple Shaarey Shalom, Rabbi Renee Edelman
Temple Sholom, Rabbi Joel N. Abraham
The Islamic Center of Jersey City, Ahmed Shedeed
The Lesniak Institute For American Leadership, Raymond Lesniak
Townley Presbyterian Church, Rev. Ron Thompson
Trinity Covenant Church, Rev Susan Gillespie
Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council, Skip Winter
United Church of Christ, Rev. Dr. LL DuBreuil
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Christianity, Rev. Carmine Pernini
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