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New York police arrest some 20 rabbis protesting Trump travel ban

A group of about 20 rabbis was arrested on Monday night in Manhattan.

The rabbis were arrested by New York Police for blocking traffic on Columbus Drive outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower, while protesting US President Donald Trump's executive order which restricts travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The protest was organised by T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, a non-profit group of whose mission is to "bring together rabbis and cantors from all streams of Judaism, together with all members of the Jewish community, to act on the Jewish imperative to respect and advance the human rights of all people."

T'ruah is led by Rabbi Jill Jacobs, who was quoted by The New York Times as saying, "We know that some of the language that’s being used now to stop Muslims from coming in is the same language that was used to stop Jewish refugees from coming."

"We remember our history, and we remember that the borders of this country closed to us in 1924 with very catastrophic consequences during the Holocaust," she said in reference to Jewish immigration between the World Wars.

Approximately 200 people participated in Monday night's protest.

The new Republican president has said the travel measures are to protect the country against the threat of terrorism. Opponents say the 90-day ban, barring entry for citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and imposing a 120-day halt to all refugees, is illegal.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

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