In September, our Muslim allies reached out and asked, “Can you join us to protest the latest iteration of the Muslim Ban?” We said “Of course. Tell us where and when.”
Between September 5 and October 18, American Jews turned out to events, forums, dialogues, and actions across the country — ending with a national mobilization on October 18 in Washington, D.C.
Here are photos, videos, and posts from #NoMuslimBanEver rallies.
Rabbi Mike Rothbaum spoke on behalf of Bend the Arc and our tens of thousands of supporters across the country to say no to any ban on Muslims at any time, in any moment, in any place.
‘I’m here because a Muslim ban, any Muslim ban, is an insult to me as an American and as a Jew.’ pic.twitter.com/cdjqBeKw9L— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 19, 2017
Bend the Arc Jewish Action and HIAS also hosted a Jewish meetup in DC before joining the march and rally.
Then we marched to Lafayette Square to meet with other people from across the country.
Check out these great 180° views of the rally:
And the inspiring signs:
In LA, our Rabbi-in-Residence Aryeh Cohen, spoke at the #NoMuslimBanEver rally.
Here's some of what Aryeh said:
We are here to say: this is what America looks like. We are here to tell our racist and xenophobic president and his administration, who work diligently if incompetently to ban immigration from non-European countries, but cannot be bothered to voice a full-throated, unconditional, condemnation of racism or antisemitism: America does not look like you and your cabinet. This is what America looks like. We will not let you change that.
Read Aryeh's full comments here.
The #NoMuslimBanEver rally in LA began at the Japanese American National Museum, where in December 1942, Japanese Americans were gathered and sent to concentration camps. Japanese Americans, like Jews, have seen this before. It’s why we are in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors now.
Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0 has been blocked for now by two federal judges, but American Jews will stay vigilant and stand alongside our Muslim neighbors to love and protect one another.
Onwards. Join the Jewish Resistance with Bend the Arc Jewish Action at www.jewishaction.us/resist.