Saturday, 28 January 2017

Haaretz: Trump's Xenophobic Refugee Policies Violate Jewish Values, Human Rights

Haaretz: Trump's Xenophobic Refugee Policies Violate Jewish Values, Human Rights

by Robert Bank

"We strenuously object to the inhumane and un-American policies announced by the White House — to put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and to temporary bar travelers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries. These policies violate our deepest Jewish values, including the belief that all people are created in the same image and are deserving of infinite respect. These policies also run counter to the best traditions of the United States of accepting and absorbing waves of immigrants, as well as international human rights law, which was adopted in response to the Holocaust. Recognizing the value of respect for all people, Americans from every community should vehemently object these policies, which will directly threaten the lives of thousands people who desperately and urgently need sanctuary in our country.

Welcoming refugees and immigrants is central to who we are as Americans, and it is a characteristic of American life, which American Jews deeply value and appreciate. That’s why we object to this blockade based on xenophobia. It is nothing less than an affront to our core values as American and Jews.

As the leader of an international Jewish organization that, for decades, has worked with Muslim organizations and Muslim partners to end poverty and advance human rights in some of the poorest countries in the world, I believe is our duty to object in the strongest terms to the demonization of all Muslims by the new American administration."

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