Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Where Do Sudanese Asylum Seekers Go? Why to Israel, of Course.

According to this article in the Detroit Jewish News, Israel has become the promised land for Sudanese refugees escaping that country's genocide.
With two miles of bare footprints behind them, Ahmed, Fatima and their three children approached the border with Israel in the middle of a cold winter night. Snow was falling in the Sinai.

Avoid the Egyptian military patrols, warned their Bedouin smugglers, who were paid with money borrowed from Sudanese friends.

"If they catch you, you could be shot or deported back to Sudan," the Bedouins said.

The 12-hour trip was the last leg of a multi-year journey stretching from the violence of Darfur to Sudan's dangerous capital, Khartoum, to the teeming streets of Cairo. Ahmed had been imprisoned in each city.

Israel was their last hope for what Fatima calls "a normal life" without "fear of being sent back to Sudan."

[ . . . ]

The Israeli soldiers gave the children their green military coats.

In an often-reluctant ritual that has been repeated almost weekly for two years with Sudanese sneaking into Israel, Israel Defense Forces patrols gathered up the tired refugee family, placed them in an ambulance and handed them over to the Border Police.

"We were afraid of the Egyptian army, not of the Israeli army," Ahmed recalled later.
This creates a new quandry for Israel. On the one hand,
The failure of the United Nations to cope with the doubling of refugee applications in the past decade or to intervene to prevent the genocide in Darfur has had ripple effects throughout the world.

That now includes Israel and the Jewish world.

Faced with genocidal threats from Iran and terrorist groups, a legacy of the Holocaust and even echoes of the Exodus 3,700 years ago, Israel is torn between its commitment to universal humanitarian concerns and its own security interests.
But on the other hand,
"Sudan is one of six nations that supports Islamic terror," he said. "All the security services say that there is a danger when it comes to the Sudanese. Detention or alternative detention is legitimate in a democratic country and also in the State of Israel."

Debate is being waged about how many Sudanese would seek refuge here if the detainees are released from prison and accorded good treatment in the Jewish state.

"What we do here will determine if 3 million will come" from Egypt or will stay there, said Yossi Edelshtein, director of the Enforcement Unit of the Immigration Police.
and
"Sudan is one of six nations that supports Islamic terror," he said. "All the security services say that there is a danger when it comes to the Sudanese. Detention or alternative detention is legitimate in a democratic country and also in the State of Israel."

Debate is being waged about how many Sudanese would seek refuge here if the detainees are released from prison and accorded good treatment in the Jewish state.

"What we do here will determine if 3 million will come" from Egypt or will stay there, said Yossi Edelshtein, director of the Enforcement Unit of the Immigration Police.
and

In 2005, the security forces caught 5,600 people trying to infiltrate across the Egyptian-Israeli border, including drug and weapon smugglers, women destined for prostitution, foreign workers and refugees.

In 2006, 100 of those caught trying to infiltrate belonged to terror organizations, according to Israeli media reports. That same year, the U.N. High Commission for Refugees in Israel saw an increase in its case load, with 1,600 applying for refugee or asylum status, up from 1,000 in 2005.

Most of the increase was from foreign workers who did not want to return to their native lands, often because of wars in the Congo, Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast and other African countries.
We know that none of the Islamic countries care one whit for the life of any Muslim beyond their use as a tool of jihad. We also know that Israel will be pressed to accept any and all refugees because as some Israeli leftists are already saying,
"I am ashamed as a person and as a Jew," Braverman told JTA, referring to the practice of imprisoning asylum seekers. "We of all people have to know how to behave."
So, if Israel refuses to accept and settle each and every Sudanese refugee, they will be condemned by all Muslim nations, by the EU, by the UN, and by the left in general. Meanwhile, the president of Sudan denies there is a genocide going on. As he relayed to a Detroit audience recently,
"Colonial powers ... want to come back" to Sudan, al-Bashir said through a translator to a crowd inside Cobo Center, the site of a three-day convention by the Nation, founded in Detroit and headed by Louis Farrakhan. There is an "American, Israeli, British alliance to dominate all the region."

In recent years, al-Bashir and his government's military forces have been criticized for allegedly killing people inside Sudan, allowing slavery, and providing a haven for terrorists. The U.S. State Dept. lists Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism.

But al-Bashir said that "there is no ethnic cleansing at all" and "there isn't any slavery in the Sudan."
We know that Islam and honesty are rarely on speaking terms. Rather than face that fact, all of the afore mentioned groups find it simpler to blame Israel and the Jews for the world's problems.

There is a simple solution though. The first step is to stop pandering to the islamists and admit they are at war with us. Forcing Israel to take Sudanese refugees (pawns) is a tactic in that war. Once we can admit the war, we can figure out the best way to fight back. I don't know what that best way is, but it's sure to be ugly. The longer we wait though, the uglier the final fight will be.

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2 Comments:

At 5:05 PM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

What a quagmire!

 
At 8:26 PM, Blogger Harry said...

Quagmire. You're right. That is the word to describe this situation.

 

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