After a trip to the Dominican Republic, a group of U.S. rabbis is inspired to speak out against DR’s unjust citizenship polities, which have resulted in countless people becoming stateless. The rabbis likened the treatment of people of Haitian descent in DR to the treatment of Jews at tragic times in world history. One rabbi hopes to mobilize American Jews on this issue.
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US rabbis speak out against Dominican Republic’s citizenship law
Dominican Republic’s treatment of people of Haitian descent is like discrimination Jews have faced, rabbis say
Renee Lewis, Al Jazeera America
January 28, 2016
The Dominican Republic’s treatment of people of Haitian descent resembles the discrimination Jews have faced through their history, said a group of U.S. rabbis who visited the Caribbean island Thursday.
Hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian ancestry have been threatened with deportation by the Dominican government, which stripped them of their citizenship through a series of laws and court rulings beginning in 2013.
“This trip to the Dominican Republic strengthened my ability to stand with oppressed Dominicans of Haitian descent as an ally,” said Rabbi Ronit Tsadok, of Los Angeles’ IKAR synagogue, in a press release. “We will raise awareness about the human rights crisis in the Dominican Republic, which echoes some of the most difficult and disturbing chapters of Jewish history.”
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