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Syrian Refugees in Vienna

*Editor’s note: This article was originally posted to these pages on 20 December 2015 and is perhaps even more remains today

Reports today inform us that President Obama, during a speech at a naturalization ceremony of 31 petitioners seeking United States Citizenship held at the National Archive in Washington DC, stated:

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“In the Mexican immigrant today — we see the Catholic immigrant of a century ago. In the Syrian seeking refuge today, we should see the Jewish refugee of World War II.”

A few weeks ago, the mayor of New York City made a similar declaration. When speaking to Jewish-Syrian congregants at Shaare Zion in Brooklyn, Mayor De Blasio stated: “I know this community understands deeply the pain of any family that must leave a homeland they love because they were forced away by violence and discrimination,” and continued to urge Syrian Jews in Brooklyn to empathize with refugees fleeing war-torn Syria en masse.

I contacted Mayor De Blasio, and now I find myself in the same position regarding President Obama.

Mr President, there is absolutely no comparison that can be made between these two forms of refugees, and any attempt to conflate the two is a travesty and demonstrates a lack of knowledge of history.

Jews were refugees because they committed the offense of being Jewish. They fled because they needed to save their lives. Not one of the Jewish refugees who left Poland, Hungary, Germany or any other country, had committed any atrocities before fleeing. None of them had sworn to destroy the United States, Great Britain or Canada. None of them were KNOWN terrorists. They fled to save their lives and only to save their lives. There was no hidden agenda; nor were they trying to infiltrate (what to them was) an enemy country.

On the other hand, a percentage of those who have fled Syria and other countries are KNOWN terrorists (on watch lists); have committed atrocities in their home countries; have called for the destruction of Western civilization and other nefarious goals. Many states in the USA have voted to ban the entry of any of these refugees citing the attacks in Paris as reason enough. The vast majority with those with their heads screwed on right have agreed that we are looking at potential Trojan Horse invasion that will potentially put millions of peoples’ lives at risk.

I urge you to recant such a thoughtless and senseless statement. Please do not compare the plight of the Jews after WWII to the issues surrounding today’s refugees. Yes, indeed there are legitimate refugees fleeing Syria and other countries. However, as stated above, the entire path, story and goals of the two groups is quite different.

Mr President, I am sure you are an avid reader of Times of Israel so you may feel free to comment below in the comment section.

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After living in Chicago for 50 years, the last 10 of which Zev Shandalov served as a shul Rav and teacher in local Orthodox schools, his family made Aliya to Maale Adumim in July 2009. Shandalov currently works as a teacher, mostly teaching private students and at AMIT Boys in Maale Adumim

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  1. ALERT TO THE WORLD

    IT IS NOT WORL WAR 3

    IT IS END OF THE WORLD

    THE TRUTH REVIELD.

    THE PROPHET ELIAS CAME TO DESTROY ALL NATION THOSE HATE ETHIOPIA WITH THIER NUCLAER IDOLS AND MATERIAL WORSHIP TOGETHER SATAN WHOM DECIEVED THEM AT ARMAGEDON TRESH HOLD.

    SOON BABYLON WILL BE COMPLETLY DESTROYED BY PROPHET ELIAS AND BY AND BY ALL NATION OF THE EARTH WORDHIP THE BEAST AND FOLLOW SATAN.

    ETHIOPIA WILL SOON RANSOM ISRAEL HER DAUGHTER FROM ALL HER FOE AND RULE THE EARTH WITH EBERLASTING KINGDOM OF THE ALMIGHTY EGZIABHEER THE TRINITY CREATOR.

    PROPHET ELIAS REVIEL THE TRUTH THAT ETHIOPIAMS ARE THE TRUE JEWISH AND THEY NAMED AFTER EGZIABHEER WOLD WAHID THE CREATOR THE LION OF JUDAH.

    I ANOINT OF THE MOST HIGH MY CREATOR PRAISE AND ADOR SAINT MARIAM THE MOTHER OF OUR CREATOR SHE IS THE LIONESSE OF JUDAH OR TEWAHIDO WHO BORN US THE LION OF JUDAH OUR CREATOR.

    ETHIOPIA SOON RANSOM ISRAEL AND DESTROY ALL NATION AND RULE THE WORLD WITH EVERLASTING KINGDOM OF THE ALMIGHTY TRINITY EGZIABHERT OUR CREATOF(PROPHET DANIEL CHAPTER 2 VERSE 44 & 45).

    THE FATE OF ALL NATION THOSE HATE ETHIOPIA THE ORIGIN OF ALL CREATIONS AND HUMANKIND WILL ETERNAL HELL.

    ETHIOPIA IS THE HOME LAND OF THE TWELVE TRIBE OF EGZIABHEER AND THE LAND OF THE RIVER OF LIFE IN THE MIDEST OF PARADISE OF EGZIABHEER WOLD WAHID HASHEM OUR CREATOR.

    SHABBAT SHALOM.

  2. The Syrians are can’t even copaire to jews in europe presuing by the Natzies. the syrians are fleing from a war in their country. They don’t suffer from antisemitizm all over europe like jews were. they are seeking for better life style,Israelies jews are going threw war then and today, and we are not fleing from our country to look for better life, we fight for what is oures and we are united against our enemiez. The syrians have not felt any syrian or islamic anty syrian like the jews were prosicuted because of being jews.

  3. I would say there is not many things compared to the holocaust and terrors of ww2 , in fact not to this very day as i know it , there are things of genocid of armenians and genocides rarely spoken of in africa in more recent years , the reasons to flee nazi germany and its allies is nothing in comparison to Syria . No , and to keep doing comparisons with jewish stats about being muslim in SAN Diego school , is serving what purpose ? IT mimimize the seriousness , and also diminish the horrors in Israel , enemy of many wicked minds to this day ,the refuge thing alone is not to be compared but , to be talked from US perhaps with other countries to have taking in more refugees , Saudi arabia perhaps to start ?

  4. . this article is not fair;
    Syrian refugees are escaping certain death
    by an unwinnable proxy war between usa and Russia;
    while it is true that many of the Syrian refugees
    are anti-zionists and perhaps even
    anti-western (against christians and liberals),
    they are not majority terrorists or other criminals;
    and they include many children.
    . I find it hard to believe that of all the Jewish refugees
    none of them were criminals; because,
    every culture has a percentage of criminals;
    therefore the Syrian refugees can be compared to Jewish refugees.

  5. Only about 10% of Germans during the Nazi reign weren’t violent, supremacist minded Nazis. In terms of peace, stability, and the impact on others, the peaceful majority were irrelevant. An even smaller percentage of Russians were Communist/Bolsheviks during the Communist reign. The majority of non-communists were similarly irrelevant. In both cases, the leaders of the free world acted towards the total population as enemies.

    Arguably, in the case of the Muslim refugees, a greater percentage believes in the ultimate worldwide victory of the xenophobic, supremacist, imperialistic, civilization and culture destroying ideology of Submission. (The Arabic word for Submission is islam) They may not be the actual activist fighters but an astounding percentage of them are willing to provide financial, logistical, moral support and approval. Inserting them into a Western Civilization that they have been raised to hate is not only suicidal, but treasonous.

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