Jewish neighborhood groups protesting Amazon Internet Provider’s (AWS) cloud computing contracts with and other technical toughen for Immigration and Customs Enforcement mumble that dozens of their members were arrested at an Amazon Books retailer in Long island on Sunday.
Sophie Ellman-Golan, volunteer organizer with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) and one in every of the leaders of Never Again Action, urged Gizmodo the #JewsAgainstICE recount drew around 1,000 contributors and resulted in roughly forty arrests of demonstrators, including rabbis and other prominent members of New York’s Jewish neighborhood, equivalent to City Councilman Brad Lander. The activists rallied on Sunday outside the Amazon retail deliver on East thirty fourth St. to attract consideration to AWS cloud contracts with ICE and Palantir Technologies, which affords the agency with files for utilize in immigration raids and other enforcement actions. Donald Trump and his administration has described immigrants and refugees in broadly racist and bigoted phrases, and has directed ICE to attain mass raids centered at undocumented immigrants of their properties, locations of work, and communities.
Amazon’s ties to law enforcement hang proved controversial even internally, the set staff final year despatched a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos asking him to shut promoting the firm’s Rekognition facial recognition to law enforcement and boot Palantir from AWS. (Whereas Amazon mentioned final year it doesn’t hang any contract to supply Rekognition to ICE, it reportedly did pitch the agency on the kind of deal, and AWS hosts mighty of the agency’s digital infrastructure.)
JFREJ urged Gizmodo in an emailed observation that the action interesting protesters from a form of organizations, including JFREJ, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah – CBST, T’ruah, Romemu, Lab/Shul, Flatbush Jewish Middle, SAJ-Judaism that Stands for All, Never Again Action, Avodah, and Malkhut, to boot to rabbis and other members of the Jewish neighborhood who ask Amazon “cleave ties with ICE and [Donald] Trump’s deportation machine.”
The date chosen is Tisha B’Av, a Jewish vacation that is both a fast day and an occasion for mourning failures which hang struck Jewish folks for the length of history, initiating with the destruction of both Solomon’s Temple and the later 2d Temple in Jerusalem. Within the observation, organizers wrote that “on the present time is a call to action to shut a most up-to-date-day tragedy against any other centered minority crew.”
“We mourn the destruction of all issues holy on the Jewish observance of Tisha b’Av,” Sharon Kleinbaum, D.C., senior rabbi with CBST, wrote within the observation. “This present administration’s assaults on immigrants, Muslims, Jews, folks of shade, and so many others are likewise horrific destruction of holiness. CBST is proud to face with all those struggling on the present time and against the atrocious of the camps, ICE insurance policies and the separation of households. Never Again is Now.”
“Tisha B’Av is a time for mourning destruction and devastation. Sadly, unconscionably, this year, destruction and devastation are all around us,” Rabbi Shai Held also wrote within the observation. “Now we hang a sterling quantity to mourn—the relentless assault on essentially the most general values of empathy and decency; the cruelty day-to-day enacted in our title; the metastasization of racism and antisemitism in our nation. We mourn, but we’re also here on the present time to mumble that past mourning, we are able to fight.”
Pictures posted to Twitter by the organizations interesting and others showed activists marching down the streets before occupying the retailer, praying, and singing songs including Kol Ha’Olam Kulo, a Hebrew song that urges against giving into fear. One day, NYPD officers entered the deliver and took protesters who refused to head away the premises into custody, the footage showed:
JFREJ wrote on Twitter that the NYPD looked as if it would hang requisitioned a metropolis bus to transport the massive various of arrested folks.
Neither Amazon or the NYPD spoke back to a demand for deliver from Gizmodo as of Sunday evening, and we’ll replace this tale if we hear reduction.