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Governor implores school board member who called Jews ‘brutes’ after Jersey City shooting to resign

Robert McClain, right, offers condolences to Jewish men on Friday in Jersey City, near the site where three people were shot last week. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

New Jersey’s governor and the mayor of Jersey City are calling for a school board member to resign after she wrote a Facebook post criticizing the “brutes of the Jewish community” the same week that three people were killed at a local kosher grocery store.

“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?” Jersey City school board member Joan Terrell-Paige wrote, according to an image of the post. “They brazenly came on the property of Ward F black homeowners and waved bags of money.” She alleged that if the black residents resisted selling their houses, the Jewish people threatened to “bring drug dealers and prostitutes to live next door to you.”

Mayor Steven Fulop (D) on Tuesday said Terrell-Paige should step down because of her comments, in which she asked whether people were brave enough to explore the “message” the two shooters were sending on Dec. in the city’s Greenville neighborhood.

“My opinion is she should resign,” wrote Fulop, who is Jewish. “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.”

Gov. Phil Murphy (D) echoed Fulop’s sentiment a few hours later: “We will not let anti-Semitism and hate go unchallenged in our communities,” he wrote on Twitter. “In light of Ms. Terrell-Paige’s comments, I urge her to immediately resign from the Jersey City Board of Education.”

Terrell-Paige’s comments, which appear to have been deleted, came in response to a column on the political news website Insider N.J. about a vigil led by faith and civic leaders in response to the shootings, reported.

The attack in the Jewish-run grocery store killed the store’s co-owner, an employee and a customer, while Jewish children hid in the community center upstairs. Jersey City historically has been a black community, but Jewish families have been moving there in recent years as housing costs in Brooklyn rise.

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Police and other officials have said that the shooting is being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism and that they think the shooters, who were also killed, were anti-Semitic.

Terrell-Paige told Politico N.J. that she did not regret making the Facebook post and that she had not deleted it herself.

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