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Rabbis Arrested at Anti-travel Ban Sit-in Outside NY's Trump Hotel

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.

Rabbi arrested at T'ruah human rights group's pro-immigration protest at the Trump Hotel in New York City on February 6, 2017.
Gili Getz

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. 

After marching with a group of about 200 through Manhattan, they sat in front of the hotel and ignored repeated police warnings to disperse.

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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.

Rabbis from the T'ruah human rights group hold pro-immigration sit-in outside the Trump Hotel in New York City, February 6, 2017.
Gili Getz

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.

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.