Eighteen rabbis were arrested at a protest of President Donald Trumps refugee ban in front of the Trump International Hotel in New York City.
The rabbis, who had gathered as part of a conference hosted by Truah, the rabbis human rights group, were arrested for obstructing traffic in front of the hotel and were held for several hours.
View from inside the police van.— Rav Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) February 7, 2017
Privilege looks like I can get to my phone in handcuffs. pic.twitter.com/pLpUU288XL
After marching with a group of about 200 through Manhattan, they sat in front of the hotel and ignored repeated police warnings to disperse.
Headed to 33rd precinct as one of 18 rabbis arrested tonight to send message that Jewish community stands with refugees & immigrants & refuses to let US close its borders again. #neveragain, Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Truahs executive director, posted on Facebook just before 9:30 p.m., about an hour after many of the protesters had left.
Protesters, many of them rabbis, came to the demonstration wearing prayer shawls, while others blew shofars to signal their opposition to last weeks ban on refugees and nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries, which was enacted on Jan. 27 and temporarily stayed by a federal judge one week later.
The crowd, barricaded by police, chanted No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here. Protesters held signs reading My people were refugees too and another rabbi standing for justice.
Show me what the Torah looks like! This is what Torah looks like! pic.twitter.com/TLk73KxP0k— T'ruah (@truahrabbis) February 7, 2017
Truah is one of several liberal Jewish groups that has opposed several of the presidents policies both during the campaign and since the election.
The group has come out against Trumps policies on immigration, refugees and civil rights, and also opposed his appointment of Stephen Bannon as a senior adviser.
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