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donald trump's divisive actions unite jews and muslims in the us

the united states may be a divided nation but one remarkable and unexpected side-effect of donald trump's divisive executive order banning refugees and travel from seven predominantly muslim nations from entering the us has been to bring together the country's jews and muslims.

many american jews are the descendents of holocaust survivors. already concerned with the anti-semitic elements of trumpism, they identify with the plight of syrian refugees.
"like many americans, my grandparents e to the united states as refugees from persecution and the executive order makes me completely ashamed. in my view, it violates the core american ideals that truly have made america great," legal scholar and author mark s. weiner said.

spontaneous protests erupted at us airports following the executive order and continued in the days following. for trikartikaningsih byas, an ociate professor of english at the city university of new york and second vice-president of the islamic center of long island, the ruling hits even closer to home.

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by the pm suggesting australia had secured an exemption from the travel bans, it seemed the australian government was being favoured by the us president but that's not the case as david wroe explains.

"my take on the trump presidency and the executive order is a combination of anxiety and anguish. i just returned from a trip to indonesia and despite willingness to 'accept' him as the new president, his moves in his first week have turned my world upside down," she said.

the turmoil from this ruling is especially poignant in president trump's hometown, queens, new york. more than 150 languages are spoken in the borough, which is one of the most diverse counties in the us and includes many residents from the seven banned countries.

 a policy designed to divide and conquer, as trump's clearly is, has profound consequences here and one that even the native born can relate to. 

"i feel positively ill. immigrants go through the most extreme vetting possible – many wait years to come to the united states. my father was two years in three different displaced persons' ps in austria, after the war. finally, he was sponsored to come to the united states by a group organised by eleanor roosevelt to help orphaned children in europe," said susan jacobowitz, another ociate professor at cuny.

but the implication of a ban on members of one particular religion entering the united states goes beyond personal liberty, striking a core american tenant: freedom of religion. pope francis has said that you cannot be a christian and turn your back on refugees. father brian blayer, a priest at grace church in whitestone, queens, asked about his response to the executive order excepting members of religious minorities – effectively christians – in the seven banned countries said, "god shows no partiality ..."

what is so frightening is that no one knows where this is going to end. trump has claimed that the executive order has been well received, and it has by many of his supporters. the left is naive and self-destructive in not acknowledging trumps supporters' fear.  

the fear of muslims is real, but this order will make americans less safe because the safety of all americans is reliant on the co-operation of moderate, loyal and patriotic muslims such as byas. she is evidence that there is as much diversity among muslims as there is among christians. the left naively defend all muslims, just as the right vilifies all muslins. what needs to be made clear is that islamic state and other terrorist groups are muslims in the same sense that white supremacists and alt-righters are christians. that is, not at all.

this issue is complex and subtle. the task of explaining it in simple terms is challenging, making trump's fear-mongering an effective tactic among his supporters.

protesters are surrounded by police officers at john f. kennedy international airport in new york.
protesters are surrounded by police officers at john f. kennedy international airport in new york. p o: ap/craig ruttle

at street level in queens the concerns are more personal. since the election, my son's friend, a canadian citizen with sri lankan parents, has been routinely har ed and attacked using anti-muslim slurs in the subway. the fact that she is a hindu bears no weight with her tormentors.

for jacobowitz, legal challenges, protests around the world and huge demonstrations will be needed to challenge many of trump's executive orders.

"when he becomes a liability to the republicans, i think the senate will act and impeach - pence is a much more predictable evil," she said. "but i think there will have to be signs that the economy is suffering first."

for byas, who is at most risk from this president, the matter is clear, "i realise that being worried will not change anything. it's time to take action, no matter how small."

us president donald trump and his executive order banning refugees and people from some muslim-majority countries.
us president donald trump and his executive order banning refugees and people from some muslim-majority countries. p o: bloomberg

jillian abbott is an australian writer in new york.