Monday, September 7, 2015

Should Israel accept Syrian refugees?

According to some, there are currently 19 million people worldwide who flee their home countries because of war, persecution, and oppression (Amanda Taub, “Europe's refugee crisis, explained”, Vox, September 5, 2015). Every few days, an estimated 42,500 more join them (ibid). It’s a mass migration that could change the world (Minna Rozen, “There's No Stopping a Mass Migration That Will Alter the World”, Haaretz, September 6, 2015).

Masses stream into Europe. In just July-August, 2015, 157,000 refugees entered Greece by sea (Namrata Tripathi, “Refugee crisis: How are European countries responding to the humanitarian challenge?”, dna, September 5, 2015).  In Italy, more than 111,000 have arrived YTD (ibid). Smaller numbers enter Sweden and Austria (Melanie Hall, “Migrant crisis: Refugees welcomed in Germany like war heroes as Berlin expects 10,000 in one day”, The Telegraph, September 6, 2015).

European humanitarians want Europe to make room for these refugees. Germany complies with these calls. For example, it alone expects to accept 800,000 refugees this year (Robert Spencer, “The Hijrah Into Europe”, Frontpagemag, September 4, 2015).

Europe sags under the weight of these refugees. Their presence creates for Europe a humanitarian crisis not seen since the end of World War Two (“Europe’s migrant acceptance rates”, The Economist, September 1, 2015).

Europe thought it had put World War Two behind. It hasn’t.

Germany opens its doors to this human tide. It wants other EU countries to follow its ‘moral leadership’ (Vox, ibid) by opening their own doors.

Some won’t do that. Hungary builds a fence to keep refugees out (“Hungarian PM: We don't want more Muslims”, Al Jazeera, September 4, 2015). So does Greece (Harriet Sherwood, et al, “Europe faces 'colossal humanitarian catastrophe' of refugees dying at sea”, The Guardian, June 2, 2014). Britain hesitates. Slovakia, Poland and Bulgaria say they don’t want these mostly Muslim refugees in their countries (Cassie Weber, “These European countries are willing to accept some migrants—but only if they’re Christian”, qz. com, August 30, 2015).

While some EU leaders seek greater EU support for the refugees, the Hungarian Prime Minister wants to see less support (Ian Traynor, “Migration crisis: Hungary PM says Europe in grip of madness”, The Guardian, September 3, 2015). He’s condemned for his remarks. His behaviour is seen as politically incorrect.

He says these Muslims will threaten Europe’s Christianity (ibid). He says accepting so many Muslim refugees will have “explosive consequences for the whole of Europe” (ibid). He suggests that this flood of Muslims into Europe could erase Europe’s Christian heritage and culture. He calls it madness to welcome them.

Humanitarians don’t like such talk. They turn against anyone who won’t open his arms to the human flood they all see swarming towards them (“David Cameron has misjudged Europe’s refugee crisis”, ftview, September 2, 2015).

But while humanitarians condemn the Hungarian PM, the Islamic State (IS) suggests that he might be correct. IS claims it has a plan to flood Europe with jihadists who embed among the refugees (Aaron brown, “'Just wait…' Islamic State reveals it has smuggled THOUSANDS of extremists into Europe”, The Express, September 7, 2015). IS has been talking about this plan for at least 7 months (Leo Hohmann, “ISIS smuggler: 'We will use refugee crisis to infiltrate West'”, wnd, September 5, 2015). IS sees this refugee crisis in Europe as a means for Islamic conquest—emigration in the cause of allah (Spencer, frontpagemag, ibid).

In fact, it appears that IS has underestimated its own potential. Back in February, 2015, it had published that its goal was to flood Europe with 500,000 Muslim refugees (Spencer, ibid). Well, so far this year, Germany alone estimates it will accept 800,000 refugees, the overwhelming majority of whom are Muslim.

The Islamic State aims to conquer Europe. An additional 2-4 million Muslims entering Europe as refugees during 2014-2016 won’t harm that goal.

Some notice that too many of these ‘refugees’ carry fake passports (Daniel Greenfield, “The Syrian Refugee Crisis is Not Our Problem”, frontpagemag, September 4, 2015). Some see these Muslims as ‘hostile invaders’ (Paul joseph Watson, “Video: Muslim “Refugee” Arriving in Europe Makes ‘Cut Throat’ Gesture to TV Camera”, infowars, com, September 7, 2015).

Are they correct? The EU doesn’t have a clue. It’s too politically correct to ask the question.

Now, Israel’s Leftist opposition leader, Isaac Herzog, wants to push Israel into this Muslim refugee issue. He ignores the horrific, un-humanitarian fact that wealthy Arab Muslim countries absolutely refuse to accept any of their Muslim brothers as refugees (Donna Rachel Edmunds, “Muslim Countries Refuse to Take A Single Syrian Refugee, Cite Risk of Exposure to Terrorism”, breitbart, September 5, 2015). He ignores the calls of IS to use these refugees for Islamic conquest-by-refugee colonization. He ignores the IS claim of embedding anti-West jihadists into the refugee stream. He even ignores the existing existential threat Israel already faces from Muslims.

He wants more Muslims in Israel. He won’t demand that wealthy Arab nations take responsibility for their Muslim brothers in need. He thinks Jews should shoulder that responsibility (“Herzog: Israel Should Take in Syrian Refugees”, Arutz Sheva, September 5, 2015).

He's wrong. Israel is the Jewish state. As a leading Jewish politician, he should be worrying about his fellow Jews, both in Israel and in exile.
If he wants to prove how charitable he is, he can do that by helping Jews. G-d knows how busy he'd be.


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