By Constance Ronten
By Constance Ronten
Rabat – A Muslim girl and a Jewish boy, sitting atop their fathers’ shoulders, has gone viral. Holding signs that read “Love” and “Hate Has No Home Here,” as the children smile at one another, the image has become a symbol of the fight against President Trump’s ban on immigration.
The photo, published in the online edition of the Chicago Tribune on Monday, and on Twitter, was taken by staff photographer Nuccio DiNuzzio, a 25-year veteran news photographer.
DiNuzzio spied the children through his lens while covering the third day of demonstrations against Trump’s immigration ban, taking place inside Terminal 5 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. Terminal 5, It is worth noting, is the disembarking site for international travellers.
Since it’s publication, it has received more than 10,000 likes and 7,000 tweets. When asked about the popularity of the photo, DiNuzzio said “It makes people feel good. Its affecting people emotionally.”
In another open display of defiance against the Trump ban, HAARETZ online news service is reporting that several American rabbis are working to create a network of what they’re calling “sanctuary congregations.”
According to HAARETZ, this would be in direct violation of a Trump directive regarding sanctuary jurisdictions. Operating hand-in-hand with the immigration ban, sanctuary jurisdictions refer to any community, small or large, that offers safe haven to immigrants affected by the ban. The Trump administration has threatened to cut any and all federal funding to any community who defies the directive.
For the ten largest cities and counties in the U.S., this means they are at risk of losing 2.27 billion in federal funding. This, however, has not stopped cities such as New York and Chicago from openly defying the edict.
On Tuesday, Miami-Dade Florida, became the first sanctuary jurisdiction to crack under pressure from the Trump Administration, announcing in a press conference that it will comply.
For Rabbi Jill Jacobs and many of her colleagues, however, their choice is simple. “Our people have not forgotten our history. The strong Jewish voice we’ve seen at protests around the country this weekend ‘shows that we remember what it is to be immigrants.’”