Over 300 Elected Officials, Organizational Leaders and NJ Residents Condemn Sen. Bob Smith’s  and Piscataway Democrats’ Anti-Muslim Flyer and Call for a Public Apology

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Over 300 Elected Officials, Organizational Leaders and NJ Residents Condemn Sen. Bob Smith’s 
and Piscataway Democrats’ Anti-Muslim Flyer and Call for a Public Apology

Piscataway NJ – In the wake of yesterday’s Star Ledger editorial calling on State Senator Bob Smith to apologize for an Anti-Muslim flyer he funded in his hometown of Piscataway, and which was circulated by the wife of Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler, more than 300 people have signed on to a public statement condemning the hateful flyer and echoing the call for an apology.

Signed by Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, the first female Muslim mayor in NJ, Hazim Yassi, Councilman, Borough of Red Bank, members of the Middlesex County Democratic Organization and other elected officials, as well as leaders of CAIR, Young Muslims, NJ Citizen Action, Action Together New Jersey, NJ Working Families Alliance, Our Revolution New Jersey, area progressive organizations and hundreds of residents from around the state, the statement reads:

As public leaders, members and supporters of a wide array of faith-based, community and progressive organizations, and residents of our diverse state, we stand in opposition to the hateful election flyer distributed in Piscataway, which called Dr. Atif Nazir ‘the leader of a radical group trying to take over our local government.’
 
It is a deep betrayal of public responsibility that the flyer was signed by office holders Kapil Shah, Nitang Patel and Kalpesh Patel; paid for by the Election Fund of Sen. Bob Smith; and circulated by the wife of Mayor Brian Wahler. It was targeted to Indian-Americans and translated into Gujarati to target that voting bloc.  This was a dog-whistle attack, coded to stir fear and division against the Muslim community in Piscataway, where Dr. Nazir has served as a school board member.  It is an attempt to divide the South Asian community along religious, ethnic and national lines. It is also an effort to smear everyone who is standing up for an open electoral process. 
 
We condemn the use of these divisive and truly shameful tactics, which we see on a daily basis in our national political dialogue.  We stand in solidarity with Dr. Nazir and all of Piscataway, which is the seventh most diverse community in New Jersey.  We will not be silent while this kind of fear-mongering and intolerance is being used to divide people.  We call on all of those involved to retract this statement publicly and to apologize publicly to Dr. Nazir and to the entire Piscataway community.
 

“Despite widespread, growing opposition to and concern about this flyer, Sen. Smith, Municipal Chairman Ted Light, Mayor Brain Wahler and his wife, the elected officials who signed the letter and the rest of the Piscataway Democratic Organization have not apologized.  They have had more than a week to address this divisive flyer,” said Herb Tarbous. “We applaud and thank the elected officials, leaders of other organizations and every day residents who are standing up for Dr. Nazir and against hate.”

List of signatories includes:

Sadaf Jaffer, Mayor, Montgomery Township

Hazim Yassin, Councilman, Borough of Red Bank

Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, Exec. Director, NJ Citizen Action

Uyen “Winn” Khuong, Exec. Director, Action Together NJ

Peter Jacob, Our Revolution New Jersey

Ken McNamara, President, CWA Local 1037

Sue Altman, NJ Working Families*

Mussab Ali, Member, Board of Education, Jersey City*

James R. Sues, Exec. Director, CAIR NJ*

Sohail Butt, NJ Muslim Voter Project*

Aqil Farooqui, Young Muslims*

Shawn Butt, NJ Muslim Voter Project*

Abdul-Basit Haqq, Committeeman, Middlesex County Democratic Organization

Herb Tarbous, Committeeman, Middlesex County Democratic Organization

Dr. Tom Connors, Committeeman, Middlesex County Democratic Organization

Laura Tarbous, Committeewoman, Middlesex County Democratic Organization

Staci Berger, Piscataway Progressive Democratic Organization

Mindy Walsh, Central Jersey Progressive Democrats

Asadullah Syed, HRA NYC

Ali H. Aljarrah, CAIR NJ*

Samia Zafer

Jaffar Mohiuddin

Mohammad Raza

Nesar Ahmed

Tehmina Chaudhri

Alfredo Montes

Muhammad Khan

Yasmin Begum

Randa Alfahham

Masjid Alwali

Saima Bhutta

Peter Lemish

Ann Bastian

Doreen Wilson-Bailey

Quiyana Butler

Rabia Awan, M.D.

Saj Memon

Fatma Ahsan

Salik Makda

Hasan Miraj, M.D.

Adil Imtiaz

Fakir Mohammed

Salman Z Shaikh

Hasham Khan

Habib Hassan

Gulam (Allen) Charania

Mohammed Jawad

Mohammed Ahmed

Kevin Dykema

Kamuela Tillman

Umay Farooq

Sarin Jalal

Jaweed Syed

Muhammad Naufal

Mohammed Naveed

Amna Khan

M. Ansari

Muhammad Khan, M.D.

Muhammad Omais Ahmed

Ibraheem Khan

Sadath Mohammed

SHARAFUDD RAHEEM

Tarek Warraky

Mohi Daver

Rashid Waheed

Syed Ahmed

Mohammed NASSIM

Michael Steinbruck

Saief Abbassi

Asad Mazharullah

Marwan Moein

Hatem Gawaly

Shafiqur Rahman

Abdul Malik Popal

Nihal Khateeb

Ayman Mansour

Wesam Berhaoui

Imran Subhani

Mian Ahsan

Ahsan Anwar

Abdul Mannan Khan

Shahida Hasan

Altaf Choudry

Mohd Majid

Rehan Ahmed

Ahmed Abdul Mateen

Naseer Abdul

Minhaj Khan

Mirkasim Laskar

Arshad Sheikh

Muhammad Afdal

Shazia Khan

Wasif Sheikh

Shabiha Sheikh

Lama Saleh

Sayama Ahmed

Zaki Asghar

Huda Farheen

Muhammad Arif

Huma Rashid

Quratulain bashir

Salman Mughal

Rukhsana Atif

Mohammad Khan

Tainoosh Atif

Anan Salman

Rida Shahab

Farhat Nadeem

Syed Ibrahim

Sadeq Islam

Aisha Saleem

Sarah Rashid

Fauzia Sultana

Gulam (Allen) Charania

Sameer Akhtar

Humzah Saleem

Humera Fatima

Mohammad Saeed

Asma Salman

Fariha Naveed

Mariam Alavi

Dr. Masood Ranginwala

Shazia Parveen

Fatima Wahaj

Faryal Mahmud

Rizwan Raza

Saeed Siddiqui

Mehboob Alavi

Shomaila Subhani

Rizwan Raheel

Aftab lodhi

Raheela Tameem

Atif Javaid

Shahid Iqbal Butt

Omar Haque

Eman Younes

Ashan Hanif

Mo Oz

Sardar Khan

Khadija Badat

Hesham Atif

Dina Awad

Aamir Faryaz

Kiyasudeen

Shazia Malik

Sabbir Valiulla

Halema Sadia

Wahaj Warsi

Zubairuddin A Warsi

Halema Sadia

Mohammad Saleem

Yahia tokal

Shazia Saleem

Muhammad Malik

Farhan Pervez

Fatima Tanveer

Ruhbaan Zubair

Shahab Warsi

Omna Syed

Mohsin Rizvi

Mohsin Rizvi

Ali Naqvi

Fauzia Sultana

Maria Baba

Ahad Khan

Saba Zafar

Shahid Butt

Fauzia Butt

Omar Elgohail

Danish Ahmed

Mohemmad Abbas

Asad Ahmad

Namous Asmat

Muhammad Mirza

Ershad Khan

Ayesha Ali

Farhan Qamar

Muhammad Bilal

Azim Uddin

Faraz Warsi

John Fazman

Irum fatima

Asma Kazi

Amal Amir

Ruhbaan Zubair

Shakaib Shak

Nabeel Ahmed

Ikram Khan

Mohammad Siddiqi

Azam Kadeer

Ehsan F Chowdhry, Esq.

Nabeela Mahmud

Yasmin Samra

Sannan Hayat

Salman Mustafa

Imran Yusuf

Sana Fazal

Nausheen Ahmed

Zahid Khan

Malika Brahim

Jehan Abukharmah

Aasia Jameel

saima iqbal

saima iqbal

Eman El-Badawi

Hanan Shaban

Quadar mohideen

Uzma Jamil

Tehmina Jovindah

Muhammad Choudry

Tabassum khan

Saadia Malik

Shazia ali

Yasmin Mazhar

Aslam Khan

Zameer Syed

Zahid Chishti

Ammar Zuriki

Aijaz Ansari

Bazmi Warsi

Salma~,Ahmad Khan

Farah Anwar

Imran Shekhani

Majid Palsani

Akil Sayed

Yi Pan

Eman Rafla

Ambreen Rab

Aamir Ali

Amber Zafar

Muhammad Naveed

Saeed Khan

Madiha samee

Asghar Chaudhry

Halee Zak

Saba Raunaque

Sadaf Javaid

Summaiyah Sohu

Sabrina Ahmed

Eliyas Valiulla

Haris Atif

Mohammad A. Butt

Essam Sarwani

Roshni Paleja

Ahmed Tyree Barba-Bey II

Afifsheikh Abdulfattah

Fidelix Enyiorji

Saad Islam

Brianna Lorimer

Khalief Walker

Briana Rojas

Nasir Best

Maria Fayyaz

Gabriella Grenald

Aman Javaid

Ibrahim Usmani

Sheheryar Khan

Mattias Arrindell

Munira iqbal

Kayla Penamon

Maha Sarwani

Omar-Wagdy Elhossary

David Jose Benitez-Nieves

Kashif Huda

Mustafa Akbari

Amanda Lopez

Mohammad Butt

Fahim Abedrabbo

Iyad Ali

Shelley Sara Block

Tiffany Do

Wendy Miller

Mediha Sandhu

Joanne Rutherford-Pastras

Nick Saleem

Adil S. Ahmed, Esq.

Roshanna B. Malone

Azra Baig

Chloe Woods

Muhammad Hashmi

 *Organization is listed for identification purposes only

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