Jersey City Braces for Confrontation over Antisemitism at Board of Education Meeting

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Photo Credit: CCTV footage, screen grab via Twitter / Christian @Lafvnte

Domestic terrorists targeting Jews in JC Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City, New Jersey on Dec. 10, 2019

The fight against antisemitism is shaping up to be a true battle royale in Jersey City, New Jersey — one that has barely begun, despite the fact that two innocent Orthodox Jews in the city lost their lives to this cause.

The latest battle is forming over a Board of Education member who wrote a tirade about the “brutes” in the Jewish community on her personal Facebook page just after two followers of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement gunned down a Jersey City detective who was a 15-year veteran on the force a 49-year-old non-Jewish man who was employed in the kosher supermarket, a 24-year-old rabbinic student and a 31-year-old woman who co-owned the store with her husband.

Jersey City Board of Education member Joan Terrell posted a tirade against Jewish “brutes” on her personal Facebook page after the murder of a police detective, two Orthodox Jews and a non-Jewish employee at a kosher grocery store.
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Terrell was referencing an article written about an event attended by community leaders and faith leaders following the attack on December 10. She has served in powerful positions before arriving at the Board of Education: she has worked as a community organizer, a longtime New Jersey state employee, and was a council aide, according to journalist Daniel Greenfield.

People who support Mayor Steven Fulop’s call for the resignation of Board of Education member Joan Terrell say they are planning to attend the Jersey City Board of Education meeting this Thursday evening from 6 pm to 9 pm (at the William L Dickinson High School, 2 Palisade Avenue).

The group, Act Against Antisemitism also plans to be in Jersey City at the Board of Education meeting
The group, Act Against Antisemitism also plans to be in Jersey City at the Board of Education meeting

According to Greenfield at FrontPage Mag, the statewide and local Jersey City Eeducation Associations have also called on Terrell to resign.

As a result of the advocacy, a group of equally determined people who support Terrell say they are also planning to be there to counter those voices.

New Jersey realtor Isaiah J. Gadsden has been organizing through his social media accounts to drum up support for Terrell, warning that “A mob of people from New York is coming for our Elder, Community Leader and Jersey City School Board Member Joann Terrell to try and make her resign at the next school board meeting. Let’s make sure we show up in force to support our Elder Joann Terrell!”

JCEA President Ron Greco said in a statement, “Emotions are high and the city needs to come together in times like this, not be further divided. Jersey City has always been a welcoming place for everyone and should continue to be a beacon for the nation in these divided times. I am personally inviting leaders of the African American and Jewish communities to sit down for a meeting at the JCEA as soon as possible to sit in solidarity and discuss how we can move forward, together.”

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