CAIR — New Jersey

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Address: 4475 S. Clinton Ave, Suite 202 ; South Plainfield, NJ, 07080


2010 Revenue: $206,203 (2010)

 CAIR-NJ is a chapter of the Council on American-Islamic RelationsOne of the chapter’s founders is Magdy Mahmoud, who also was its President as of 2012. He was also the chairman of the American Muslim Union’s Chapters Committee from 1999 to 2001.[2] Mahmoud was on the executive board of the Muslim Arab Youth Association, a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, at the same time that the FBI learned of Islamist rhetoric at its events.

In 1994, Hamas fundraiser Mohammed El-Mezain addressed the group. He spoke after an individual that was introduced as a leader of the “Hamas military wing.” An FBI report documented the speaker saying, “I’ve been told to restrict or restrain what I say … I hope no one is recording me or taking any pictures, as none are allowed … because I’m going to speak the truth to you. It’s simple. Finish off the Israelis. Kill them all! Exterminate them! No peace ever!”[3]

Mahmoud’s Facebook page shows he is a fervent supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.

CAIR-NJ’s 2011 fundraising banquet featured Imam Omar Shaheen of the Islamic Center of Tucson.[4]

In February 2014, CAIR-NJ chose Mohamed El-Filali, executive director of the Hamas-linked Islamic Center of Passaic County as its new leader.[5]

He reportedly compared Israel to Nazi Germany in 2002 and refused to condemn Palestinian suicide bombers. He said, “I am not in their shoes. My house has not been destroyed; my brother has not been shot dead.”[6]


[1] “Contact Us,” CAIR-NJ website, http://nj.cair.com/contact-us.html

[2] Biography from CAIR-NJ website, http://web.archive.org/liveweb/http://www.cair-nj.org/biommahmoud.html, accessed November 15, 2012.

[3] Mowbray, Joel. “The Friends of Bill Pascrell,” Powerline Blog, June 2, 2012. http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/06/the-friends-of-bill-pascrell-2.php

[4] “CAIR-NJ Banquet a Success,” CAIR NJ website, July 25, 2011. http://nj.cair.com/media/press-releases/54-cair-nj-banquet-a-success.html

[5] Adely, Hannah. “Former NJ Mosque Director Named Head of Civil-Rights Advocacy Group,”Bergen Record, February 3, 2014. Posted on CAIR-NJ website. http://www.cair.com/press-center/cair-in-the-news/12354-former-nj-mosque-director-named-head-of-civil-rights-advocacy-group.html

[6] Mowbray, Joel. “The Friends of Bill Pascrell,” Powerline Blog, June 2, 2012.http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/06/the-friends-of-bill-pascrell-2.php

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org