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Cardinal Urging Christians to Convert ISIS Members, Regardless of Obvious Repercussions

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Roman Catholic Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, declared that the mission for Christians to bring other people to the faith includes militants like the Islamic State (ISIS) who are responsible for the highest persecution of Christian believers in the Middle East. Speaking last Sunday in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, the Cardinal argued that 80% of all the people who are persecuted for their faith around the world today are Christians, who are executed without regard to their denominational distinctions.

Cardinal Koch also advocated a thoughtful welcome of refugees knocking on Switzerland’s door. Incidentally, the Swiss have turned sheltering refugees from the Middle East into a lucrative business, as refugees arriving in Switzerland have had to turn over to the state any assets worth more than $1,000 to help pay for their upkeep. It also presents an ingenious pricing policy: whatever you have above a thousand bucks, please. But we digress.

Recalling the words of Tertullian, an emblematic figure of the Christian community in Carthage in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, Cardinal Koch told his listeners on Sunday that “the blood of martyrs is the seed of new Christians.” Considering the state of affairs in ISIS controlled areas, this should make for lots of new Christian seeds. Indeed, Koch, formerly the bishop of Basel, Switzerland, suggested that more Christians are persecuted in the world today than they were in the Roman Empire in the first centuries of Christianity.

Since the start of the civil war in Syria, more than 2,000 members of the local Christian minority were killed, and tens of thousands have fled the fighting to seek refuge abroad. More than one hundred churches were damaged or completely destroyed, according to figures provided by AED.

Catholicism is not for the faint of heart, and not for folks seeking self-preservation, never mind a comfortable life. Cardinal Koch noted that while Christians are fleeing the war in the Middle East by the tens of thousands, local bishops have been pleading with them to stay, even at the cost of a swift martyrdom.

But the Church insists on the same disregard for its people’s safety once they have reached European shelters. Faced with the alarming news that about 40,000 Christian refugees are being harassed and threatened by Muslim refugees in shelters in Germany, Church officials have resisted calls to separate the refugees according to their faith. “There’s an educational job to do, it’s a long process to pass the values which are in force in our democracies,” Cardinal Koch said, pointing to the eventual peace that has been reached between Protestants and Catholics in Europe, arguing the bloody conflict between Sunnis and Shiites will inevitably be resolved equally peacefully.

Of course, it’s taken Catholics and Protestants a good six centuries or so to stop murdering each other, and in some parts of Europe and the US the smoke hasn’t yet cleared off of that one completely. But the cardinal is stoic as to the number of victims this approach to conflict resolution will surely exact.

Cardinal Koch told the Daily Telegraph: “We have a mission to convert Muslims to Christianity. We have a mission to convert the people of all the non-Christian religions [except] Judaism.” He also urged Christians to view Judaism as a “mother” – despite key differences between the two faiths – and said they have a unique relationship, unlike the third Abrahamic religion, Islam.

One of the most crucial distinctions in that regard has been that Jews rarely massacre your entire village for daring to invite them to mass.

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HRW Says “Refugee Camps Should Be demolished, Refugees Integrated”

Monday, May 16th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website, Elder of Ziyon}

Kenneth Roth: Far more humane to let refugees integrate in society than to confine them in dead-end camps.

The article says:

David Miliband, the former UK foreign secretary, has called for an end to the refugee camp system and the reform of humanitarian institutions “that were designed for yesterday’s problems, not tomorrow’s”.

Wealthy nations should accept the most vulnerable 10% of the world’s 19.5 million refugees, Miliband said, and provide economic support to less wealthy countries to integrate new arrivals as full-time residents.

Referring to the case of Dadaab in Kenya, the world’s biggest refugee camp, which houses 330,000 Somalis across the border from their home country, Miliband, who is the president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), said there should be a “new deal” for poorer countries that host refugees.

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“The new bargain is that a small number of people – probably up to 10% of refugees, the most vulnerable – are relocated to the richer countries, to the west and elsewhere, because of their medical needs, because they’re orphans etc,” he said.

“But then, [for] the large majority of people, the only real hope for them is to become productive residents of the countries that they’ve fled to.

“That’s a massive call on the countries concerned, but if we can ensure they get international financial support and build up their economies, then it becomes a chance to avoid the kind of Dadaab situation of long-term housing [of] people in places that become magnets for criminality, never mind for terrorism.”

Yet HRW has not once called for Arab countries to permanently integrate second, third and fourth generation Palestinian “refugees” whose numbers keep increasing every day.

HRW has a fact sheet listing all the ways Arab countries discriminate against Palestinians. In one “legacy” document that was written in the 1990s, HRW does admit

All nations should assist in finding durable solutions to refugee problems. Ideally, this consists of giving each displaced person three options: local integration, third-country resettlement, and voluntary repatriation. In the Middle East context, countries where Palestinians now reside should offer them the option of full local integration. Palestinian families, many having lived in these countries for more than fifty years, have built lives there which they should be granted the option of continuing to lead. Similarly, the international community should be generous in offering the possibility of third-country resettlement to those who might desire it, and in providing aid to assist the permanent settlement of those who choose to remain in the region as well as those who choose to exercise their right to return.

But then adds:

Neither the options of local integration and third-country resettlement, nor their absence, should extinguish the right to return.

So even in HRW lukewarmly allows that Arab countries should, ideally, offer this option, they are vehemently against the idea that fully integrated Palestinians ever abandon their wish to destroy Israel by telling them that they alone have a permanent and everlasting “right to return” to lands they never lived in.

Yet even though HRW claims that every refugee has a right of return forever, in fact only Palestinians are associated with this right. HRW doesn’t call for refugees from the same time period in Pakistan and India to have the “right of return.”

In the 20 years or so since writing that, HRW has been utterly silent about demanding Arab countries integrate Palestinians into the societies where they have been treated like second-class aliens for nearly 70 years.

But now with a brand new refugee crisis, of people who have been forced out of their homes in only the past few years, return isn’t even mentioned and resettlement is pushed as the number one option.

2003 HRW fact sheet about the “right to return” in Croatia shows HRW’s hypocrisy:

When displaced persons are unable to return to their homes because their property has been destroyed or claims against a current occupant are unsuccessful, they are entitled to compensation.

Meaning that the “right to return” is only the right to return to one’s specific family home, not to have descendants have the right to move to a country en masse.

Yet this idea that the right to return only exists when the specific property is still there is completely missing from any discussion about the Palestinian “right to return,” which is considered a blanket right as well as an individual right, with no limitations on circumstances.

Ken Roth is once again proven to be a hypocrite, who only supports “return” for one set of people and who is all but silent on giving them the right to nationality in the countries in which they were born.

 

Elder of Ziyon

Sweden’s Deputy PM Calls 9/11 an ‘Accident’

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Is it possible any more for senior members of Sweden’s Green Party to speak to the press without putting their foot in their mouth? A case in point: Deputy Prime Minister and Green Party co-leader Åsa Romson on Tuesday told a local website called, simply, The Local, that she refuses to let terror set the agenda, and then she referred to the September 11, 2001 attacks as “accidents.”

The interview with The Local followed Romson’s appearance on public television SVT’s breakfast show “Gomorron Sverige” (Good morning Sweden — but you knew that) on Tuesday morning, where she defended her party comrade, former housing minister Mehmet Kaplan, who had been forced to resign this week for comparing Israel’s treatment of the Arabs to the Nazis’ treatment of Jews. Don’t ask.

Romson praised Kaplan’s efforts working with Muslim youth associations in Sweden, including his former role as leader of the group Sweden’s Young Muslims.

“He has been chairman of Young Muslims in tough situations like the September 11th accidents,” she said.

Naturally, the gaffe was received with a wild orgy of condemnations and calls for her resignation, which goes to show you that most Swedes still don’t believe the Twin Towers came down due to mechanical failure in two consecutive passenger planes.

It should be noted that Romson’s behavior has been kind of Aspergerish in the past, too. A short while after the terror attacks in Paris last November, where ISIS terrorists killed 130 and injured 352, Romson tweeted: “The very serious events in Paris right now can obstruct the climate change summit in December when more than 100 heads of state have planned on taking part.”

And last May, she said about the situation in the Mediterranean refugee crisis: “We are turning the Mediterranean into the new Auschwitz.”

Considering the fact that more than a million people, most of them Jews, were murdered in Auschwitz, the comparison, as unfortunate as the refugee crisis may be, was a bit disproportionate.

Now, there’s a term a Swede can understand.

David Israel

UK Wants EU to Speed Up Deportations as Winter Approaches

Friday, October 9th, 2015

(JNi.media) The UK is urging the European Union speed up the deportation of migrants who are being refused an asylum, in response to the EU’s biggest refugee emergency since WW2. Only this year, well over half a million have arrived in search of shelter and work, threatening the very stability of the 28-state Union. But, according to AP, fewer than 40% of migrants who are rejected return to their home countries. The UK views this as a failure of EU countries to apply the law, which chips at the effectiveness of Europe’s immigration policy.

The UK Home Secretary Theresa May has announced on the eve of Thursday’s meeting in Luxembourg of the EU interior ministers to deal with the migrant crisis: “We need to see Europe upping its game” with regard to the hordes of migrants at its shores. She insisted that the EU “should be sending economic migrants back to their countries of origin. It’s why we need to crack down on those who are abusing our asylum system.”

Britain has committed to accepting 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years. Britain’s policy is to accept genuine refugees directly from camps on Syria’s border, rather than assisting the EU relocation plan for mogrants who have landed in Greece and Italy.

Meanwhile, a senior UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesman in Greece said on Wednesday that human trafficking had begun to decrease as winter weather conditions are making the Mediterranean dangerous for seafaring. “The number of the people arriving in Greece is now going up and down, it is fluctuating from day to day, depending on the weather, because now autumn is here, and winter is approaching, the weather is going to make things more difficult and dangerous,” he said.

An estimated 400,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Greece in 2015. Frontex, the EU border control agency, believes at least 600,000 migrants have crossed the EU external borders in 2015. It is believed that more than 2,500 drowned trying to reach Europe.

Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn has stated this week that “the control of external borders, immigration generally, and returns — it’s all a package. We have to get to work on it.” On Thursday, Asselborn will chair a meeting European interior ministers to deal with the crisis.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc wants a limit on the number of refugees allowed into Germany. But the Chancellor has told the public broadcaster ARD on Wednesday that such limits would not be legal. As the head of a Christian party, Merkel insists she won’t “take part in a competition of who can be the least friendly to refugees.”

But Merkel recognizes that the Dublin regulations, which oblige the Mediterranean states—Greece and Italy—to manage the asylum applications, because the migrants first land on their soil. The Chancellor said those regulations were “obsolete.”

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Timely: New Book Explores How 100,000 Jewish Refugees Were Saved by US

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

(JNi.media) As Syrian refugees risk their lives to immigrate to other countries, many are reminded of the attempts of Jews to escape Nazi persecution in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1944, the US government created the War Refugee Board, in an effort to save Jews from the raging European Holocaust. Heather Voight’s new book, “Passionate Crusaders: How Members of the US War Refugee Board Saved Jews and Altered American Foreign Policy during World War II,” her debut work, is the first book ever to focus exclusively on the War Refugee Board and its accomplishments. A well-researched work, it will be of interest to anyone interested in immigration issues in America, today and yesterday.

By January 1944, Treasury Department officials Henry Morgenthau, John Pehle, and Josiah DuBois had already convinced President Franklin Roosevelt to create the War Refugee Board, an agency with the authority to provide rescue and relief for Jews and other groups persecuted by the Nazis. Scholars have criticized the Board for its inability to save more Jews, insisting the agency should have been created sooner. Heather Voight’s research shows that despite its shortcomings, the War Refugee Board changed history and forever altered American foreign policy. Its creation ended the cycle of indifference that the government and the American public had shown to victims of the Holocaust. In the words of Henry Morgenthau, from 1944-1945 “crusaders, passionately persuaded of the need for speed and action” risked their reputations and sometimes their lives to save Jews.

Voight’s book doesn’t merely tell readers the War Refugee Board was important—it shows how it was created, the actions it took to save lives, and the determination of its members to combat anti-Semitic and anti-immigration attitudes. “Passionate Crusaders” shines a light on the agency that President Franklin Roosevelt created in the midst of a State Department scandal, was staffed by mostly non-Jews who risked their reputations and sometimes their lives working for the Board, saved more than 100,000 Jews using a combination of diplomatic and clandestine methods, and pressured the War Crimes Commission to change its definition of war crimes–the same definition used today.

“I first read about the War Refugee Board while working on my college thesis,” Voight told an interviewer. “When I started to talk about the Board to other people, I got a lot of blank stares. Despite the number of people aided by the War Refugee Board and its lasting impact on American foreign policy, few Americans have ever heard of it. I wrote this book to tell the story of the Board’s members who tried to do so much in so little time.”

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German Police Chief: Muslim Violence Shows Christian Refugees Must Be Housed Separately

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) Jörg Radek, deputy head of Germany’s police union, said Christian and Muslim migrants should be lodged separately, following the increasing numbers of attacks on Christians by Muslims in refugee centers. And according to The Independent, a policy of segregation has already been implemented in the German state of Thuringia after Christian migrants in asylum centers were attacked by Sunnis attempting to impose Sharia law.

Rainer Wendt, another German police union official, said violence between groups of illegal migrants in German hostels is common. “We‘ve been seeing this violence for weeks and even months,” Wendt reported. “Groups join forces based on ethnicity, religion or clan structures and attack each other with knives and even weapons they have made themselves.” He explained that “Sunnis fight Shiites, there are Salafists of varying kinds… Women are being forced to wear veils. Men are forced to pray. Islamists want to impose their values.”

International Society for Human Rights official Max Klingberg complained that many migrants arriving in Germany are radical Islamists. “Among the new arrivals is not a small amount of religious intensity, it is at least at the level of the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said.

“I think housing separated according to religion makes perfect sense,” Radek told Die Welt. German police reported that 14 people were injured in two separate clashes that erupted between refugees last Sunday at a temporary migrant shelter in Kassel-Calden in northern Germany. On Thursday evening the week before, a fight broke out among some 200 Syrian and Afghan refugees wielding table legs and slats at a shelter in Leipzig. “They attacked each other with clubs and threw things at each other,” a police spokesman reported, according to the Independent.

“The police have reached their absolute breaking point,” Radek stated, explaining: “Our officials are increasingly being called to confrontations in refugee homes. When there are 4,000 people in a home which only actually has places for 750, this confinement then leads to aggression where even a tiny thing like the corridor to the toilet can lead to violence.”

According to bt2.net, the European establishment media is largely ignoring ethnic violence as illegal immigrants stream into the West. The most recent incident took place this week in a Danish refugee center near Copenhagen where a “a stateless Palestinian” in a refugee center stabbed a police officer.

Germany is expected to get about one million asylum applications this year. The German government has set aside $6.75 billion to fund accommodation, and designated an extra 3,000 police to cope with this influx. But with training for police taking around three years, according to The Independent, Germany’s 16 federal states rely largely on private security firms to maintain the peace.

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Israelis Donate Baby Slings to Syrian Refugees

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

By Alexander J. Apfel

An Israeli humanitarian relief organization has taken to Europe to assist the thousands of Syrian refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos and languishing on the Hungarian-Serbian border.

An Israeli humanitarian relief organization has taken to Europe to assist the thousands of Syrian refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos and languishing on the Hungarian-Serbian border.

IsraAID, an organization founded in 2001, committed to providing emergency aid and rehabilitation support to victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises, arrived at the scene over the course of the past week and has already begun distributing much-needed supplies and services to the refugees.

Speaking to Tazpit, Program Director, Navonel Glick explained that the the efforts begin with members of the team sometimes having to dive into the water to save drowning children.

Once on shore however, the refugees arrive at the beaches of Lesbos unaware of the arduous journey which lies ahead. In an effort to allay the physical tolls of such journeys, IsraAID has begun distributing baby slings donated by Israeli families to mothers and fathers.

“The Israeli population has been very responsive in all segments of society and because we are a non-political entity and people really see the human side, we are very happy and proud of this,” Glick told Tazpit.

He further added that the Israeli team has encountered neither rejection nor harsh reactions from the Syrians: “We have had no issues whatsoever. At a certain point it goes beyond any of these emotions.”

In addition to the distribution of medical supplies and baby slings, psychological assistance is provided to many victims who are unable to speak about the horrors which they have witnessed in Syria: “People have gone through something very extreme and there is a need for psychological support. So since we have a lot of Arabic speakers, a vast majority of the workers in the field are able to communicate and provide aid to the victims and families,” Glick said.

He further highlighted a series of initiatives being undertaken in cooperation with European governments in order to ease the experience of the refugees and the governmental response efforts.
Citing the case of Germany, which has announced that it will allow thousands of refugees to enter its borders, Glick stated that IsraAID is currently in communication with officials about developing applications which assist arrivals on relevant routes and locations etc. Moreover, he mentioned the creation of information hubs which enable wandering refugees to charge their phones and surf the internet.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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