Yosef Israel Abramowitz has published a fascinating series on the JTA about Sudanese refugees in Israel â€”refugees who seek refuge in a country of new and ancient refugees. Yossi is the CEO of jflmedia.com/Jewish Family & Life and publisher of SocialAction.com, whose political activism and creative projects have made a lasting and positive contribution to Jewish life in many continents. Yossi is also part of the jblogger community, launching recently his Peoplehood.org to provide a daily dose of Yossi.
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.
Instead of a red carpet for these refugees, they get a holding cell, arrested for violation of a 1954 law against illegal immigration. (I wonder how many Americans that violate their tourist visas get such treatment?) And the response from the Prime Minister’s Office?
“There isn’t a synagogue in the United States where Darfur is not an issue,” [Eran Lerman] told JTA. “You can’t imprison refugees from Darfur in the Jewish state and not expect American Jewry to be upset.”
Wow, its almost as if they are developing media savvy. Wait…well, no. This thing has been going on for a while, and is now in Israeli courts. Perhaps some intervention from a few of the50 MOST INFLUENTIAL RABBIS IN AMERICA might help secure a quick end to this humanitarian mishugas.