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Sunday: Jewish group holds rally to welcome refugees

Plight of those fleeing persecution holds special meaning for Jewish people, rabbi says

On Sunday, members of the local Jewish community are holding a rally in Mountain View to protest against recent U.S. actions to block refugees. Dubbed the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees, similar events are being held in cities across the country encouraging welcome for those fleeing persecution.

"As a people, we know viscerally what it means when doors were shut when we needed safety," said Rabbi Shelly Lewis of Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto. "Now, when we have the opportunity to make certain that our tragic memories are not visited upon others, we have a special obligation to stand tall."

On Jan. 27, President Donald Trump signed a surprise executive order temporarily barring refugees, migrants and foreign nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. A federal district judge last week blocked key parts of the travel ban, a decision that was unanimously upheld on Thursday by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

The local National Day of Jewish Action rally is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Mountain View Civic Center Plaza at 500 Castro St. All are welcome to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring photos of immigrant ancestors and family members, according to representatives of Los Altos-based Congregation Beth Am.

More information about the event can be found at the day of action website

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Posted by In the name of accuracy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 10, 2017 at 2:24 pm

"... a decision that was unanimously upheld on Thursday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco."

It was a three member panel, not the entire Ninth Circuit.


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Posted by In the name of history
a resident of Shoreline West
on Feb 10, 2017 at 2:39 pm

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Posted by George
a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2017 at 3:59 pm

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Posted by Hope
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 10, 2017 at 9:04 pm

Hope is a registered user.

Why do some trump supporters insist that all Muslims are bad? How come you did not complain about all deaths in this country by gun violence? 4,000 American women did each year due to domestic violence. One right winged Christian nut killed 6 in Quebec, why is nobody talking about that? Why don't anyone of you right-wing folks complain about the labor secretary nominee who said that40% of workers in his restaurants were
undocumented workers?
I can ALMOST guarantee no trump supporter will answer. They are being lied to and cannot face it.


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Posted by Sylvan
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 11, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Sylvan is a registered user.

The current situation should not be compared with the plight of Jewish refugees in the 1930s and 40s. The Jews were fleeing an external evil, they were not trying to escape from Jewish fundamentalists. Present-day Muslim refugees are understandably fleeing the mayhem of the Islamic world. Yet how many of them are bringing with them the cultural values and worldview that produced this chaos and violence?


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Posted by Jared Martin
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 11, 2017 at 4:41 pm

Jared Martin is a registered user.

Hm, who do we think has a better perspective on the messages of the Holocaust and how to make sure it isn't repeated: the Jewish community, or our local Islamophobes ranting on newspaper comments sections? That's a real tough one.


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