Habonim Dror, Trump, and Immigration

We at This Chalutzic Life would like to send support to the movement in North America and publish their statement about the recent immigration policy in the United States.

Habonim Dror North America condemns the actions of the Trump Administration in the first 10 days of his term. No step toward injustice should go unanswered, and as the Trump administration moves to quickly change policies that affect the lives of millions, we must raise our voices against every unjust and discriminatory action.

In the past week, Trump has signed executive actions and memorandums locking funding for international groups that provide or educate about abortions, commencing the building of a wall on the US border with Mexico, signaling the building of two major pipelines, silencing scientific branches of the American government, and much more.

Most recently, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Trump signed an executive order banning the travel of immigrants, citizens, green card holders, visa holders, and travellers from seven Muslim countries. We, as Jews, have been immigrants throughout our history.

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not taunt him. The stranger who sojourns with you shall be as a native from among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord, your God.” — Leviticus 19:33-34

It is in our value core, as Jews, to welcome those who seek shelter and freedom, and to stand against injustice and discrimination. The passing of this executive order is reminiscent of the barring of Jewish immigrants and refugees in the 1930s as they tried to escape the Holocaust in Europe.

As young Jews who work towards social justice, we are disgusted by the actions of the Trump administration, and we will not be complacent in allowing such actions to be carried out. Habonim Dror rejects discrimination and hateful actions. We, as movement members, must hold one another accountable and hold one another up; we must continue to educate the youth towards a better future, we must educate one another, and we must give one another the strength to continue to protest and resist, in the many different ways that are possible. We will use our voices, our education, and our partnerships to continue fighting for justice.

בכח התקווה שעוד נראה ימים טובים, אנו לא נרתעים, אנו כאן חזקים, אנו דרור הבונים.

B’koach hatikva she’od nir’eh yamim tovim, anu lo nirtaim, anu kan chazakim, anu Dror Habonim.

With the power of the hope that good days are still to come: we will not recoil; we are here; we are strong; we are Habonim Dror.

Aleh v’Hagshem,
Mazkirut Artzit 5777

Yasaf Warshai
Madison Slobin
Sara Zebovitz
Leya Robinson
Howie Stanger
James Grant-Rosenhead

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