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Jewish History Museum speaks out against hate, violence, and current immigration policies

Posted at 5:57 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 20:57:38-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Jewish History Museum in Tucson is speaking out against violence, racism, and white nationalism. The director saying the Holocaust memory is a call to action and also spoke out against current immigration policies.

“Yesterday was Tisha B'av, it's a day of mourning in the Jewish calendar,” said Executive Director Bryan Davis.

Davis says there was a lot to mourn. He called the El Paso shooting one of the nation's deadliest hate crimes and remembered Charlottesville just two years ago this week.

“Hateful words also develop and evolve into action, and we can see that across history, there are no shortage of examples,” he said.

Rabbi Stephanie Aaron blew the shofar and said it was a cry for change.

“We renew our self to stop prejudice, to stop bigotry, to stop violence and hatred.”

Davis says the Jewish people must remember to be civically engaged and to seek justice. And to fight the injustice he says is happening today.

“When we see images of people kept in cages, unsanitary, unsafe conditions there are numerous ways that people seeking asylum in this nation are not being treated with dignity.”

The event ended with the unveiling of a sign that says no human being is illegal.

“Come together and transform mourning into community building, solidarity, protests and action.”