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19 rabbis arrested during protest in front of Trump Hotel in New York City
NEW YORK – Nineteen rabbis were arrested Monday, Feb. 6, at a protest of President Donald Trump’s 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 T’ruah, a rabbinical human rights group, were arrested for obstructing traffic in front of the hotel. After marching with a group of about 200 through Manhattan, they sat in front of the hotel and ignored repeated police warnings to disperse.
Protesters, many of them rabbis, came to the demonstration wearing tallit, while others blew shofars to signal their opposition to the ban on refugees and nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries enacted Jan. 27.
NY commuters clean Nazi graffiti off subway car with hand sanitizer
Commuters on a New York City subway used hand sanitizer to clean away swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti drawn in permanent marker on the train’s maps, advertisements and windows.
“The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do,” one of the commuters, Gregory Locke, wrote in a post on Facebook. “One guy got up and said, ‘Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol.’ He found some tissues and got to work.”
Locke’s post continued: “I’ve never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purell. Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone.”
“Nazi symbolism. On a public train. In New York City. In 2017,” he wrote.
At least one of the messages said, “Jews belong in the oven,” according to the New York Daily News. Locke disputed one of his fellow travelers, who said while they were cleaning, “I guess this is Trump’s America.”
He responded in his post: “No sir, it’s not. Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anything to say about it.”
Student government wants Sabra hummus off campus
The student government at the University of California, Riverside, unanimously voted to approve a resolution calling for the removal of Sabra brand hummus from campus dining services. The resolution is not enforceable, and the UC Riverside administration says it has no plans to remove the hummus.
The removal was pushed by the Students for Justice in Palestine group because the Sabra company’s joint owner is the Israel-based Strauss Group, which allegedly supports the Israeli military.