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'People are being forced into exile:' Durham group protests immigration policies

Posted July 21, 2018 10:24 p.m. EDT

— Members of the Jewish community were in Durham on Saturday night, taking a stand against immigration policies they call unjust.

In the Jewish community, Tisha B’Av is the day on the calendar to mourn for the destruction of Jewish temples and the persecution of Jews throughout history.

Saturday night, Carolina Jews for Justice observed Tisha B’Av by holding a march and ceremony at the Durham courthouse to protest immigration policies that are separating families at the border.

Those observing Tisha B’Av said there are many similarities between what the Jewish community faced centuries ago and what immigrants are experiencing today.

“It’s not a far link to really know that in this moment, in this place that we as a Jewish community in North Carolina live today, there is a community of people that is being destroyed. Families are being torn apart and people are being forced into expulsion and exile,” said Dove Kent with Carolina Jews for Justice.

Kent said Tisha B’Av services are being held throughout North Carolina and many are choosing to call for immigration reform during the observation. Tisha B'Av is observed through Sunday and groups plan to return to the courthouse then.