• Angry Muslims Taunt NJ School Officials: ‘We’re Going to Be the Majority Soon’

    A Jersey City school board met Thursday to vote on whether to close schools for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Sept. 24, but the meeting turned contentious before the board ultimately made a decision.

    The Jersey City Board of Education originally proposed to close schools to observe Eid al-Adha, one of the most important holidays for Muslims, resulting in the extension of the academic year by one day to June 23, 2016 as a result.

    Jewish members of the school board, however, argued that they were being discriminated against because they weren’t getting their own school days off for holidays like Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    The debate went back and forth for four four hours, until it became clear that the school board would not close schools for the Muslim holiday.

    Muslim community members were subsequently outraged and angry.

    “We feel alienated from the Board of Education, we feel alienated from this system,” said Omar Abouelkhair. 

    “We’re going to be the majority soon,” another said.

    The situation became so contentious that an official urged security to “take charge” of the debacle. At least one person was seen on video being escorted from the meeting.


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