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Jersey City Official Urged To Resign After Anti-Semitic Rant on Social Media

(JNS) Calls for the resignation of a Jersey City, N.J., board of education member are mounting after she seemed to support the attack on a kosher supermarket and blamed Jews for the rise of hate in that city.

Joan Terrell made her hate-filled rant on Facebook in response to a Dec. 14 column on InsiderNJ titled “Faith and Hope to Fight Hate.”

The article was about a gathering of civic and faith leaders in the wake of the Dec. 10 attack on a Jewish market in the Greenville section of Jersey City that took the lives of six people, including two Chassidic Jews, in addition to the two attackers.

In an online post, the board of education member wrote, “Where was all this faith and hope when Black homeowners were threatened, intimidated and harassed by ‘I want to buy your house’ brutes of the Jewish community. … The $1M Make It Yours ads that appeared in New York City encouraging Jewish people to come to Jersey City did not fight hate.”

Terrell went on to say that “guns and drugs were planted in the Black community. Mr. Anderson and Ms. Graham went directly to the kosher supermarket. I believe they knew they would come out in body bags. What is the message they were sending? Are we brave enough to explore the answer to their message?”

New Jersey leaders such as Gov. Phil Murphy, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Rep. Josh Gottheimer and JFNNJ’s Jason Shames have called for Terell’s resignation.

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