Jersey City mayor: School official should resign over suggesting attackers had point to make in attacking 'brute' Jews

David Caplan
December 17, 2019 - 5:39 pm

Jersey City, N.J., Mayor Steven Fulop speaks during a press conference at the scene of a shooting, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (1010 WINS) — Jersey City mayor Steven Fulop called for the resignation of a school board member over comments she made about the shooting at a kosher market referring to Jews as “brutes” and questioning whether attackers David Anderson and Francine Graham had a point to make in attacking Jews.

"I’m not going to mix words. My opinion is she should resign," Fulop tweeted Tuesday in reference to Board of Education member Joan Terrell Paige's anti-Semitic remarks. "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."

In an earlier tweet, he wrote, "I’m saddened by the ignorance her comments demonstrate. Her comments don't represent Jersey City or the sentiment in the community at all. The African American community in Greenville has been nothing short of amazing over the last week helping neighbors."

Paige's comment appears to have been removed from Facebook, but was preserved in screenshots.

Board of Education President Sudhan Thomas said in an emailed statement that Paige does not reflect the views of the board and doesn't speak for it. She was elected to the board last year.

“There is no room for any kind of hate or bigotry in Jersey City,” Thomas said.

Joan Terrell Paige

Paige was commenting on another person's comment about the Dec. 10 fatal attack that left a police officer and three civilians at the JC Kosher Supermarket dead.

Authorities have said the attack was motivated by anti-Semitic and anti-law enforcement attitudes.

Paige's post said that members of the black community had been threatened and harassed to sell their homes by “brutes of the jewish community.” She went on to question whether the attackers, both whom were killed in a shootout with police, may have had had a message to send.