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‘Come all ye faithful’ and ‘Kiss my Jewish ass, Donald’ — sacred and profane mix at NY demos

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Reeling from President Donald Trump’s executive order that bans individuals from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States—even if they have been granted refugee status or hold green cards—cities across the country continued mobilizing for the third straight day. 

Demonstrators at Battery Park, NY, January 29, 2017, photo by Jesse Rubin

Some 10,000 protesters gathered in Battery Square Park in lower Manhattan, to listen to an array of speakers; from grassroots organizers Linda Sarsour of Mpower Change and Steven Choi of the New York Immigration Coalition to New York State Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. 

Demonstrators at Battery Park, NY, January 29, 2017, photo by Jesse Rubin

“Being held and detained without a charge, something fundamentally against our Constitution—we saw it with our own eyes yesterday,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in his address to the crowd. “We need to build a broader coalition of conscience in this country to stop what’s happening here.”

Demonstrators at Battery Park, NY, January 29, 2017, photo by Jesse Rubin

The sanctioned march, organized by the New York Immigration Coalition and Make the Road New York, wound through the financial district to Federal Plaza, which houses many federal agencies like the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). ICE became known through the Obama administration for raiding the homes of and detaining undocumented immigrants. 

Demonstrators at Battery Park City, Jan. 29, 2017. Photo by Jesse Rubin

Protesters rallied under the chant “No ban, no wall, this our New York!”

Demonstrators at Battery Park City, NY, January 29, 2017, photo by Jesse Rubin

“What we’re talking about is not in the abstract. These are human beings that are being impacted by this racist, white supremacist, white nationalist administration,” said Linda Sarsour, Palestinian-American activist with Mpower Change. “When we talk about banning the very people who are escaping the very terrorism that we are claiming that we are fighting against, that is despicable and outrageous.” 

Demonstrators at Battery Park, NY, January 29, 2017, photo by Jesse Rubin

Syrian refugee and activist Lubna, who landed in JFK in May 2014 “with nothing,” reflected the consternation and uncertainty caused by the sweeping executive orders. 
“Yesterday I was wondering if I [made] the wrong decision by coming to this country. I was so depressed,” Lubna told the crowd. “And then I saw the news, and I just realized, no, we should never doubt that America is the land of immigrants. 
“This government offered me nothing. I got every opportunity in this country because of people like you, I was offered opportunities by people who never doubted that I would be good enough just because I’m Syrian or just because I’m an asylum seeker. You are the reason why this country is great, you are the reason why we [refugees] will have a second chance in life.” 
Amid an increased local and state police presence, activists joined with tourists on the AirTrain to terminal four of John F. Kennedy Airport where solidarity actions had continued nonstop since Homeland Security officials first detained over 100 people. Similar actions were happening simultaneously in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Dulles, Logan and other airports across the country.

Demonstrators at JFK airport, January 29, 2017, photo by Jesse Rubin

Around 150 protesters remained at JFK’s Terminal Four on Sunday night, as drivers in the flood of traffic honked in support. 

Demonstrators at JFK airport, January 29, 2017, photo by Jesse Rubin

“This is what Iranian hospitality looks like,” one woman’s sign read as she served protestors Sabzi. Others walked around offering coffee, sweets and donuts. 
One of the organizers with the New York Immigration Coalition told the crowd that authorities were still holding nearly 20 travelers as of 8 p.m., despite an emergency ruling from a federal judge in Brooklyn who issued a stay on the executive order Saturday.
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  1. Mooser
    January 30, 2017, 4:13 pm

    I just forced myself to watch a video of Trump speaking. The US is supposed to look at, and listen to that, for four years? Can’t wait for the fireside chats.
    Well, two years til the midterms. Has Trump ever dealt with anyone he couldn’t turn into a friend and admirer in two years?

    • Eva Smagacz
      January 31, 2017, 3:03 am

      No. Trump, like all narcissists, turns on charm and charisma to get admiration from people around him, but, to feel loved, he shuns and blanks out anyone he senses is not at awe of him. If he cannot remove them, he attacks them. If they make attack personal, he will carry grudge forever (or until they grovel satisfactionarily).
      Narcissism is a personality disorder sharing characteristics with psychopathy.

      • Stogumber
        January 31, 2017, 9:03 am

        Psychology is a personality disorder under which one looks at the most normal humans as freaks.
        Trump of course doesn’t remove or attack or shun everyone who is not “at awe” with him. How ever would he do this as a businessman, literally? And there’s no information that he carries grudges “forever” (or longer than any average person). But if he is attacked, he indeed counterattacks – which is not the worst way to cope with attacks, a lot of bloggers here do the same. Can’t judge about it myself, but it seems rather good for mental health.
        In fact, Trump has shown himself like Reagan as a man who can cope with a lot of really, really mean attacks in good grace, without a “stiff upper lip”, but also without really losing countenance. Just that is what makes him presidential timber.

      • Mooser
        January 31, 2017, 1:17 pm

        . “Just that is what makes him” (Trump!!)” presidential timber.”

        Sure, he’ll go on for the next four years in the same measured, moderate fashion.

      • Eva Smagacz
        January 31, 2017, 1:57 pm

        So you think Trump is a normal person. And you assuming that people with personality disorders must be “freaks”.

        There is a glaring hole in your black and white view:
        Many people with personality disorders belong to “functioning” variety. They function without the need to be committed.
        Which means that they do function in the society despite being far from normal.

        They rarely have non transactional relationships with other people.

      • Mooser
        January 31, 2017, 2:10 pm

        “Psychology is a personality disorder….”

        Who knew?

      • Citizen
        February 1, 2017, 9:29 am

        @ Mooser
        The Scientologists? U know, the people who believe in their founder’s rip off what he despises, merely cloaking it in pseudo faux computer terms? Freud was a joke, but that E-Meter compounds the same joke.

      • Mooser
        February 1, 2017, 12:42 pm

        “but that E-Meter compounds the same joke.”

        I’ve got a Simpson “Triplett” Model 650m VTVM, I’ll match against any e-meter. (Relict of Puget Sound Organ Service)

        As I’m sure you know, “Citizen” to keep up with the dissolution of Scientology, follow “Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker”

  2. Bumblebye
    January 30, 2017, 6:27 pm

    My favorite signs from London’s demo:

    “God Save the Queen from the Fascist Tangerine!”

    “F— Off Mango Mussolini”

    and, accompanying the pic of our leaders holding handies:

    “Now Wash Your Hands”

  3. jonjames
    January 30, 2017, 9:50 pm

    Who chose the seven countries ? How many people came into the US over the weekend ? How many were sent back ? Who was it that had a ban on Iranians entering the country in 1979-80 ?
    How many people are detained in US airports on an average day ? How many people did President Obama deport out in one year ?
    See: “Trump bans travelers from seven Muslim countries” Paul Begley – You Tube

    • Mooser
      January 31, 2017, 12:28 pm

      Are you going to keep pushing that asshole “Paul Begley Prophecy” on us? Really?

      Yes, I went to the site. Begley, basically, is out to beggar his listeners.

    • Citizen
      February 1, 2017, 9:32 am

      None of the countries that gave us terrorism right here in the US are on Trump’s list. Iran is the most obvious example. No terrorist threat to US at all. But Israel views it as existential threat to its nuclear hegemony in Middle East…

  4. Talkback
    January 31, 2017, 8:42 am

    Does anybody know what to do with her “Jewish ass” when it comes to Israel’s ban regarding the return of Palestinian natives and the Apartheid wall? Or is this protest of her’s “good for the Jews”?

    • Citizen
      February 1, 2017, 9:33 am

      She just wants to have her cake and eat it too, like all American Zionists. Cake in USA, cake in Israel (with icing!)

    • Atlantaiconoclast
      February 1, 2017, 9:57 am

      Indeed! And one would think they would spend as much time fighting against the reason for the refugee crisis in the first place.

  5. Stogumber
    January 31, 2017, 8:45 am

    Most Americans would be content with a return to the Ellis Island routine – testing each immigrant individually and at length. Only when this routine was abolished, the present conflict between immigration fanatics and anti-immigration fanatics erupted.

    But please note that Trump is no anti-immigration fanatic: he pleaded for these bans as a means “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”, i.e. until they find a more sophisticated way to find out the bad ones and separate them from the good. But this is, as he rightly said, a matter for the Congress. His own possibilities are much more constrained.

    • Pixel
      January 31, 2017, 11:32 am

      Thank you.

    • Mooser
      January 31, 2017, 1:24 pm

      “Most Americans would be content with a return to the Ellis Island routine – testing each immigrant individually and at length.”

      Wrong, not what happened at Ellis Island at all.

      • Citizen
        February 1, 2017, 9:36 am

        So what happened at Ellis Island, Mooser? Beyond immigrant changing their names, or being assigned new ones more reflective of common American names at the time?

      • Mooser
        February 1, 2017, 12:55 pm

        So what happened at Ellis Island, Mooser?

        Well, I very much doubt they searched everybody’s laptop and I-Phone for terrorist connections through a woprld-wide data system.
        Health checks, possibly a few notorious people were detained, and mispronounced names.
        And then America. They didn’t make make a liar out of Ms. Liberty. ( well until 1924.)

      • RoHa
        February 2, 2017, 1:05 am

        That was then, Mooser. Now your cities are full of the tired, poor, huddled masses, yearning to breathe free. Do you need to import any more?

  6. Elizabeth Block
    January 31, 2017, 10:27 am

    Who chose the seven countries?
    Ken Stone said that in 1990, the architects of the New World Order planned on “taking down” Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. They managed six out of the seven. And these are the countries whose citizens, for some reason, are presumed to be anti-American.

  7. Pixel
    January 31, 2017, 11:43 am

    You mention Linda Sarsour. When her 2011 tweet about Brigitte Gabriel and Ayaan Hirsi Ali recently reappeared, she immediately deleted it.

    “”Brigitte Gabriel= Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She’s asking 4 an a$$ whippin’. I wish I could take their vaginas away – they don’t deserve to be women.”

  8. jonjames
    January 31, 2017, 6:27 pm

    Demonstrator sign: “No Borders, No Nations” : really ?

    • eljay
      January 31, 2017, 6:44 pm

      || jonjames: Demonstrator sign: “No Borders, No Nations” : really ? ||

      That’s my reaction every time a Zionist says “Jewish and democratic”.

      • Citizen
        February 1, 2017, 9:40 am

        Globalists and sovereign states are in a war; each of us should look to which stance most benefits him or her and those in situations similar to ours? Then apply Hillel The Elder? And Kant?

    • Mooser
      February 1, 2017, 11:26 am

      “Demonstrator sign: “No Borders, No Nations” : really ?”

      The “ingathering” cannot occur if borders and nations get in the way.”
      God’s plan”, not ‘man’s laws’, must rule!

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