Oregon militia members blow ‘battle trumpet’ shofars
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Oregon militia members blow ‘battle trumpet’ shofars

The standoff in Burns just got a little bit Jewish: ‘CHRISTIANS THE BATTLE TRUMPET HAS BEEN SOUNDED TIME TO RISE!’

Oregon militia members blow ‘battle trumpet’ shofars in a video uploaded to Facebook on January 20, 2016. (screen capture: Facebook)
Oregon militia members blow ‘battle trumpet’ shofars in a video uploaded to Facebook on January 20, 2016. (screen capture: Facebook)

JTA — Hold onto your ten-gallon hats (and your shofars) — the standoff in Burns, Oregon, just got a little bit Jewish.

For more than two weeks, several dozen armed men have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in protest of the prison sentences given to Dwight and Steven Hammond for committing arson. The militants, many of whom belong to various unofficial citizen militias, also want to bring attention to the “tyrannical” management of federal land.

On Sunday, Blaine Cooper — one of the leaders of the standoff with the federal government and the head of an informal citizen militia in Arizona — uploaded a video to Facebook showing two of the militants blowing what any Jew would recognize as serious shofars.

“CHRISTIANS THE BATTLE TRUMPET HAS BEEN SOUNDED TIME TO RISE!” Cooper wrote in the caption. “CALL TO ACTION SEND IN THE TROOPS TO STAND WITH US IN BURNS OREGON!”

SHARE UPDATE BURNS OREGON! CHRISTIANS THE BATTLE TRUMPET HAS BEEN SOUNDED TIME TO RISE! CALL TO ACTION SEND IN THE TROOPS TO STAND WITH US IN BURNS OREGON!

Posted by Blaine Cooper on Sunday, 17 January 2016

The guys in the video don’t nail the staccato “tekiah gedolah” style heard in synagogues on Rosh Hashanah. But they get an A for anarchistic effort.

The militia is led by Ammon Bundy, whose father Cliven Bundy led a similar month-long standoff of his own against the US Bureau of Land Management.

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