Oregon militia members blow ‘battle trumpet’ shofars

Gabe Friedman

(Screenshot from Facebook)

(Screenshot from Facebook)

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

For over 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 on federal land. The protestors, 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 Oregon occupiers blowing shofars.

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

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.

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Posted by Blaine Cooper on Sunday, January 17, 2016

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

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