Sir, – Writing as a proud Zionist, the recent violence directed at African
migrants has made me more ashamed of the State of Israel than I have been since
the disengagement from Gaza in 2005.
Whatever problems the infiltration
across the southern border causes, there is no excuse for such actions or for
the rhetoric that incited these people. Israel prides itself on having what it
deems “the most moral army” in the world, both on the battlefield and in its
many heroic humanitarian endeavors, but the violence in south Tel Aviv does not
speak well for the “Light unto the nations.”
Your front page headline “South Tel Aviv simmers as racial tensions linger” (May
28) is misleading.
The tensions are not caused by the race of the illegal
migrants; it is due to the crimes they commit and the terror these crimes have
instilled in local Israelis.
Israelis happen to be open-minded, mostly due
to the fact that we are the “in-gathering of the exiles.” We come from all over
the world, look different from one another and speak different languages.
Ethiopian Jews are black, and people are not afraid of them because of
The Jerusalem Post should know better than to stoop to such low
statements that make Israelis seem racist.
Sir, – I read Liat Collins’s “The migrants’ tragedy” (My Word, May 28) with
interest because I worked at an immigrant/refugeeserving NGO in Vancouver,
On a trip to Israel I made a point of contacting an agency in Tel
Aviv that serves the growing migrant population near that city’s central bus
station. The area was not frightening to me.
Rather, it was similar to
what I saw every day at work back in Vancouver. The difference, of course, was
that Vancouver was the final destination, arranged by the Canadian government,
often in partnership with the United Nations.
Our refugees and immigrants
received government assistance in many ways – housing, schooling, medical – all
Even refugee claimants, a more difficult category, received
I have long been dismayed that the UN has not seen fit to
assist the Africans once they arrive in Israel. They would have stopped their
flight had any other country offered them, as Collins wrote so well in her final
[that] are vastly better than those they left
‘at home.’” Those who are fleeing don’t want to live permanently in Israel; they
want to be home, but in a home where war, whether internal or external, as well
as climate change and natural disasters can be dealt with and where food, water,
healthcare and education are readily available.
Collins should keep
writing and let the world know how we can encourage the right
My money is with global assistance and
Sir, – Like many NGOs, Shallya
Scher-Ehrlich, author of “The ‘infiltrator’ threat” (Observations, May 25), has
gotten carried away in her defense of the African migrants who are flooding the
country. To compare Israel’s acceptance of Holocaust survivors, as well as
Jewish refugees from Arab countries, Russia and Ethiopia, to the over 80,000
illegal Africans is way off base.
First, who has determined that these
illegal aliens are facing lifethreatening conditions in their home countries? Is
it not obvious that they keep flooding the tiny state of Israel simply because
they can get away with it? Why aren’t there other locations in Africa and Europe
for them? Is it really Israel’s responsibility to give everyone who reaches its
borders a job, a place to live, medical care and more? Who is to fund all these
programs? While many on the Left suggest that Israel disengage from the
Palestinians in order to protect the demographics of the Jewish state and all it
stands for, they are willing to accept an endless flow of people who in the long
run harm the Jewish character of the state.
One solution for those who
are so concerned for the migrants is to adopt an African family, have its
members live with them, provide them with food and shelter, and take care of
their everyday needs. That way the poor people in south Tel Aviv or in cities
like Arad and Eilat won’t have their rights as citizens trampled
Sir, – Unlike MK Danny Danon, any person
with the slightest knowledge of Jewish values and history must realize we cannot
dismiss the African refugee problem with a curt “Deportation Now!”
(Observations, May 25).
How can we, the perennial refugees, forget how we
were pursued from country to country for thousands of years – uprooted, purged
and abused, though innocent of blame? We were lucky to escape with our lives and
the world showed no pity wherever we begged for asylum.
How can we turn
our backs on these unfortunates and not at least make an attempt to enlist the
aid of the United Nations or other bodies that might support such a righteous
cause? For the most part the refugees cannot be returned to their countries,
where war and starvation are raging.
Where are the bleeding hearts who
came to our shores by the flotilla-load to offer unneeded aid to the Gazans –
whose quality of life the African refugees can only envy and dream of? Where is
the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and UNWRA, which have been dishing out
millions of dollars in aid for over 64 years to the oldest non-refugees in the
world, the Palestinians? Unlike the Palestinians, the Africans have not turned
to violence or terrorism in their home countries – they just want to get away
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Sir, – I take deep offense to the use of
the term “concentration camps” by Susan Hattis Rolef (“The African refugee
problem in perspective,” Comment & Features, May 29) in order to describe a
government proposal to host African infiltrators in a hostel along the southern
border until a clear decision is made about their future.
We all know
what the term means – it was used by the Nazis to cover up their war against the
Jews. Israel is not at war with the African people. As a point of fact, its
conduct in trying to resolve the issue of territorial infiltration is no
different than that of enlightened Europe and America.
Sir, – I’ll be honest – I don’t care if African migrants are afraid to
walk the streets. Many of our Jewish residents have been afraid to walk the
streets for some time now in their newly “Africanized” neighborhoods.
migrants tell us on the news, “Israel sababa (Israel wonderful)!” That’s why the
whole of Africa is on its way. Soon we will be a minority, and then we will be
an apartheid state! What’s absurd is that the Left built this state from scratch
with its blood, and now the new Left and its NGOs are trying to destroy it from
within, all in the name of “humanity.”
What’s with these migrants? Don’t they read the African newspapers? Don’t they
know that Israel is an apartheid country? A country that is racist and
colonialist, one that occupies foreign lands? Don’t they realize that migrants
here become slaves and are forced to work night and day, that when sick they
have organs removed and sold to Jews, and, of course, that their blood is used
for the baking of matza? Perhaps the migrants are smarter than our detractors.
They can differentiate between propaganda and fact – they know when they are on
to a good thing!