December 22, 2019

USA: Jersey City Official Who Said That The Murders Of The Jews In Jersey City May Be Justified In Response To The Nation Of Islam Black Supremacist Terror Attack Refuses To Apologize.

The Post Millennial
Jersey City official calls Jews ‘brutes’ after tragic shooting, refuses to apologize
written by Sam McGriskin
Wednesday December 18, 2019

A since-deleted Facebook post by Jersey City official Joan Terrell has sparked controversy. The rant was widely considered anti-Semitic and many are claiming that Terrell was attempting to justify the recent Jersey City shooting. Terrell refuses to apologize for her language.

The post refers to the recent shooting that took place on December 10, 2019, in Jersey City, New Jersey. The incident took place at a kosher grocery store. Six people were killed in the shooting, including two Jewish bystanders.

At one point in her comments, Terrell referred to the shooters saying, “What is the message they were sending? Are we brave enough to explore the answer to their message?”

Steven Fulop, the Mayor of Jersey City, was not happy about Terrell’s comments, going as far as to say that the city official should resign. He tweeted “My opinion is she should resign. That type of language has no place in our schools and no place amongst elected officials.”
Governor Phil Murphy concurred, tweeting: “We will not let anti-Semitism and hate go unchallenged in our communities. In light of Ms. Terrell-Paige’s comments, I urge her to immediately resign from the Jersey City Board of Education.”
Many others responded to the comment calling Terrell anti-Semitic.

A video captured by Americans Against Anti-Semitism was also posted. The video took place shortly after the Jersey shootings. In the video, more anti-Semitic language can be heard throughout.
The Post Millennial has reached out to Joan Terrell asking for a comment on the situation. She has not responded, but she was reached by Politico, who asked if she regretted the post.

“No, I don’t,” she said, while revealing that she had not taken down the Facebook post herself.
written by Ron Zeitlinger, The Jersey Journal
Tuesday December 17, 2019

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop is calling on a school board member to resign after she called the Jewish community in the Greenville neighborhood “brutes” who have “threatened, intimidated and harassed” black homeowners.

Joan Terrell-Paige made the comments in a Facebook post responding to an online story about Jersey City fighting hate in the wake of the mass shooting last week. Two members of the city’s growing Hasidic community, as well as a store employee and a Jersey City police detective were killed by an armed man and woman in what authorities are calling a hate crime.

“She should resign,” Fulop said in a tweet. “That type of language has no place in our schools and no place amongst elected officials. Imagine she said this about any other community — what would the reaction be? The same standard should apply here.”

Terrell-Paige, whose term ends Dec. 31, 2020, ended her commentary by saying she was speaking “as a private citizen, not as an elected member of the Board of Education." The Facebook post has since been deleted.

Later Tuesday Gov. Phil Murphy and the Jersey City teachers’ union also urged Terrell-Paige to resign.

That mattered little to the mayor and school board president Sudhan Thomas.

“I saw this and I’m saddened by the ignorance her comments demonstrate," Fulop tweeted. "Her comments don’t represent Jersey City or the sentiment in the community at all. The African American community in Greenville has been nothing short of amazing over the last week helping neighbors.”

In a statement, Thomas said “Trustee Paige’s comments do not reflect the JCBOE outlook or value system. The JCBOE is home to 30,000 students and 6,000 employees from various ethnicities, religions, cultures and sexual orientation. There is no room for any kind of hate or bigotry in Jersey City.”

The commentary also accused members of the Hasidic community of waving “bags of money” in front of Ward F black homeowners to entice them to sell their properties. She went on to say that refusals to sell “were met by threats of ‘we will bring drug dealers and prostitutes to live next door to you. You will sell to us then.’ ”

Terrell-Paige also claimed that black renters were evicted 30 days after homes were purchased by members of the Hasidic community “so that more Jewish people could move in.”

In 2017, Jersey City passed a “no-knock” law, partly in response to complaints by some homeowners in the Greenville section and other areas of the city that they were being harassed by people wanting to purchase their homes.

Terrell-Paige’s commentary also rails against Jersey City officials, apparently tying the arrival of the Hasidic community to the elimination of the “Friends of Lifers” and “Second Chance” programs. She added “Many of the community gardens tended to by black people were eliminated. One still exists and has been harassed almost daily."

In a tweet late Tuesday night, Murphy said “We will not let anti-Semitism and hate go unchallenged in our communities. In light of Ms. Terrell-Paige’s comments, I urge her to immediately resign from the Jersey City Board of Education.”

Jersey City Education Association President Ronnie Greco also called for her resignation, and asked that she undergo sensitivity training.

“There is no place for that sort of hateful, divisive rhetoric in our schools or our Jersey City community," Greco said. "As we mourn the tragic events of one week ago, we should be calling for tolerance and an open dialogue and not casting aspersions, pitting one group against another group or attempting to justify the actions of cold-blooded murderers.

"... While we respect the right for Ms. Terrell-Page to be have her own opinion, we cannot accept her prejudiced and anti-Semitic sentiments expressed in her recent Facebook post."
Facebook screen grab

A since-deleted Facebook post by Jersey City school board member Joan Terrell-Paige, critical of the Hasidic community in the city.
Hudson County View
written by John Heinis
Wednesday December 18, 2019

The Hudson County Democratic Organization’s Black Caucus said that while they don’t condone hate or agree with Jersey City Board of Education Trustee Joan Terrell-Paige’s controversial deleted Facebook post, it helps raise awareness for deeper issues that must be addressed.

“The Hudson County Democratic Black Caucus does not condone hatred towards any group. The actions taken by the two individuals on December 10, 2019 were not reflective of our community,” state Senator Sandra Cunningham, Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (both D-31), Freeholder Jerry Walker (D-3), and Council members Joyce Watterman, Denise Ridley, and Jermaine Robinson said in a joint statement.

“While we do not agree with the delivery of the statement made by Ms. Terrell-Paige, we believe that her statement has heightened awareness around issues that must be addressed and should be a topic of a larger conversation by two communities that have already and must always continue to coexist harmoniously.”

The group is the first to come out and show any support towards Terrell-Paige, who has come under fire for a deleted Facebook comment that referred to members of Greenville’s Jewish community as “brutes” for the way they were acquiring property in the area.

Thus far, Gov. Phil Murphy (D), Mayor Steven Fulop, Jersey City Education Association President Ron Greco, Ward E Councilman James Solomon, New Jersey State Democratic Committee Chair John Currie, BOE Trustee Mussab Ali, and Assemblymen Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31), Raj Mukherji (D-33), and Gary Schaer (D-36) have called for her resignation.

Tomorrow, the Jersey City BOE is expected to vote on a non-binding resolution to censure and request the resignation of Terrell-Paige.

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