Rabbi Timoner Among Protestors Arrested at Amazon Bookstore During Demonstration Against ICE
Forty-four protesters were arrested while demonstrating against Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) cloud contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at a New York Amazon Bookstore Sunday evening.
On the Jewish holiday Tisha B’Av, which commemorates the destruction of the Jerusalem messianic temples and memorializes other Jewish tragedies, several liberal Jewish organizations protested deportations by occupying one of Amazon’s brick-and-mortar locations.
“Today Jews from across organizations and congregations and synagogues came together as one to decry Amazon’s relationship with ICE, Amazon’s collaboration with ICE and the way in which Amazon enables the deportation machine,” Audrey Sasson, executive director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, told PIX11 of New York. “We are calling on Amazon to cut their ties with ICE.”
“As Jews, we know too well about what can happen when white nationalism takes over in a society,” Rabbi Rachel Timoner of Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, NY told Fox Business, after she was arrested during the rally. “We are committed, as Jews, that nothing like the Holocaust ever happens again.”
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