May 20 2016
Still reeling from the butt-hurt of rejection last September after failing to force Jersey City public schools to close for two Muslim holidays every year, the perpetually offended Muslim supremacist parents are making an even bigger stink now.
NJ.com Parents and Muslim leaders have attended two meetings in the last month to urge school officers to add Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha as holidays on the school calendar (in the upcoming school year, only Eid al-Adha falls on a school day). School board members are expected to make the decision this week.
Jessica Abdelnabbi, a Muslim parent of three girls, told The Jersey Journal the issue is “very simple.” “We’re diverse,” Abdelnabbi said. “We’re only asking for one day.” (This year, next year it will be two)
A Muslim speaker at a school board meeting last year said “we’re no longer the minority.” (Yes, you are. In the last census, Muslims were 2% of the Jersey City population)
An image of the tentative 2016-17 school calendar posted by a parent to Facebook yesterday shows the district does not plan to close for Eid al-Adha, which this year begins on Monday, Sept. 12 and ends the following day. The board is scheduled to vote on approving next year’s calendar on Thursday.
‘Sharia-compliant’ public school districts statewide have been adding Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha to their school calendars, including in Paterson, Trenton and Atlantic City. Last year, New York City, (in a quid pro quo for votes for Mayor Bill DeBlasio), became the first major metropolitan city to close its schools for the holidays.
In March, Clifton’s school district, after twice rejecting a move to close schools for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, caved to Muslim whining, and decided to close.
Muslim Jersey City parents pressed the school district to close the district on the two holidays during this school year, but the move was voted down in September by the school board.
Eid al-Fitr is a three-day celebration commemorating the end of Ramadan. Eid al-Adha, known as the Feast of Sacrifice, marks Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God (By slaughtering animals in the most barbaric and inhumane way). The exact dates of the holidays are based on the lunar calendar and change year to year.
At a board meeting two weeks ago, Lyles told parents that adding Eid Al Adha as a district holiday would likely mean keeping the district open on another federal holiday or losing a day from spring break, according to a Fios 1 report.