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Netanyahu Not Welcoming the Strangers (from Egypt!) Who Want to Do the Jobs No Israeli Wants to Do

Sometimes it seems there is a disconnect between what American Jews believe is moral for Israel, and what they believe is moral for the U.S.   YNET reports: "Infiltrators cause cultural, social and economic damage, and pull us towards the Third World," … Read More

By / January 22, 2010

Sometimes it seems there is a disconnect between what American Jews believe is moral for Israel, and what they believe is moral for the U.S. 

 YNET reports:

"Infiltrators cause cultural, social and economic damage, and pull us towards the Third World," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a Manufacturers Association assembly.  "We suffer from a problem that actually stems from Israel’s economic success," he said, explaining the problems that arise from the breached border with Egypt.  "We have become almost the only First World country that can be reached by foot from the Third World. We are flooded with surge of refugees who threaten to wash away our achievements and damage our existence as a Jewish democratic state."

 

VDARE’s Patrick Cleburne is calling the Jews out on their duplicity. Cleburne appears to be implying that Israel and her prime minister have one set of standard for illegal immigrants, and that American Jewry has quite another.

Now, American Jews do appear to be more in line with Netanyahu for American immigration policy than our leadership would like. Much more in line. But regardless of that, the organizational community, which invokes a theological mandate to "welcome the stranger," needs to explain to us why there is a different immigration policy promoted for the U.S. than for Israel. Especially since so many in our community already appear to conflate American policy for Israeli policy in so many ways already. 

 If we are to be consistent, American Jewry should pressure Israel to accept "a path to citizenship" for "strangers," against her majority population’s will, just as Jewish groups are pressuring the U.S. to accept mass immigration against our majority population’s will.

By Jewish communal standards, Netanyahu should be denounced for his unfortunate xenephobic, racist, and nativist standards. He should be denounced for his (non-existent) relationship with John Tanton.

Alternatively, Jewish organizations could revisit a HIAS-determined policy that is out of synch with out countrymen, with Israel, and even with American Jewry.

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