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Donald Trump, U.S. presidential candidate. Photo taken Dec. 3, 2015.

With the country, and now, slowly parts of the rest of the world, in a state of outrage over presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial statement to cut off immigration and visits by foreign Muslims to the U.S., it is worth noting that Trump is not the first major figure to suggest that a certain class of humans be barred from entry into a country.

Of the following examples, however, there are two significant differences between Trump’s call and that of all the others. See if you can come up with the two differences by the end of this article.

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First, what did Trump actually call for? Did he, as some claim, call for all Muslim Americans to leave? No. What he did call for was a halt to Muslim immigration and tourists into the U.S.

TRUMP’S CALL FOR A BAN

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” a campaign press release said.

The ban Trump is seeking is based on what he called “the hatred [which] is beyond comprehension.” It is his view that his proposed ban should remain in place “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

Trump called for the ban on Muslim entry into the U.S. in the wake of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino last week by two previously unknown radicalized Muslims who entered the U.S., Syed Farook and his wife, Nashfeen Malik. While few Americans ever met Malik, Farook was accepted as a “normal,” “average American,” and the two were understood to be “living the American dream,” until the moment they began blasting Farook’s co-workers and associates to death in a bloody rampage which claimed the lives of 14 and injured many more on Dec. 2, 2105.

Trump made what has become known as his “No Muslim” speech on Dec. 7, first in a written statement, which was followed up by a press conference, a video of which is at the end of this article.

REACTION TO TRUMP’S CALL FOR A BAN

Trump has been excoriated – or at least held at a distance with disgust – by leadership in the Democratic and Republican parties, by worldwide media, by colleagues and competitors. An aide to U.S. President Obama suggested Trump is “not qualified” to run for president. He has been attacked by Americans, by a Nobel Prize winner (Egypt’s El Baradei), by hundreds of thousands of Brits, and even by Israelis.

As reported earlier in the JewishPress.com, several Opposition Knesset Members and at least one coalition MK signed a letter demanding that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cancel a scheduled Dec. 28 meeting with Donald Trump during the Republican presidential candidate’s planned visit. Zionist Union MK Omer Bar Lev called Trump a racist, and Arab member of Knesset Ahmed Tibi called the presidential contender a Nazi.

Another Arab MK who is a member of the Meretz party, Esawi Frej, said “Trump is not just a racist; he is a man who poses a threat to the free world. A man who through racist incitement tries to gain the post of US president. A man whose presence in the public sphere is based on racism.”

EXAMPLES OF OTHER NATIONAL OR RELIGIOUS BANS

Daniel Greenfield immediately recalled and posted an article in FrontPage, reminding Americans that then-President Jimmy Carter, during the Iranian Hostage crisis banned the entry of Iranians into the United States. On April 7, 1980, Carter announced U.S. sanctions against Iran, which included the invalidation of

all visas issued to Iranian citizens for future entry into the United States, effective today. We will not reissue visas, nor will we issue new visas, except for compelling and proven humanitarian reasons or where the national interest of our own country requires. This directive will be interpreted very strictly.

Imagine that. Arguably one of the most liberal U.S. Presidents ever issued a blanket ban on an entire class of people, because some of them had brutalized Americans.

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60 COMMENTS

  1. Fantastic piece. I urge everyone reading it to forward the article and corresponding link to their entire email list, and to post it on Facebook for all to see! We must not tolerate hypocrisy and double standards toward Israel and the Jewish People.

  2. I disagree respectfully. Muslims can be anybody even Irish people are muslims and muslims do not teach violence towards other human beings. Dictators exist across religions. Please educate yourself before writing things other people want to hear. If you want to, I can send you the link to the Quran and you can understand that it is a beautiful story. Don’t hate.

  3. oh really E. BANI: what IS a pali? a terrorist who goes around killing Jews..ISRAEL is a JEWISH country, sucka…and by the by, palis live better in Israel than any arab hole….Jews have Israel because of antiSemites such as YOU..now go shut your paliHOLE.

  4. if Israel had listened to KAHANE, Israel would have MUCHO less deceased Jews, murdered at hands of MUSLIMS…..Trump is right…would bw want NAZIS in America…muz are worse and muz helped hitler..DUH..what is wrong with Jews these days..GROW SOME BALLS and realize this is war.

  5. While you seem able to argue your point deftly – even though you seem to be clueless in historical context – I see absolutely no recognition of the fact that Israel took all of its territory from what was once Palestine. This huge land grab will have huge conseguences for the people of Israel for hundreds of years longer. To gloss over the formation of the Israeli state in 1948 and the way in which the Palistinian people have been herded into a small part of their formerly vast country, is so absurdly blind of insight. The Israeli people forced the Palistinians to not be able to live in their own land, why would they suddenly need to say they are willing to live with Israelis when they are living in a very small hellscape of a ghetto where they are harrassed and murdered by Israeli soldiers daily? Ignornace is bliss and apparently you Madamme are wallowing in it.

  6. This is actually one of the few sensible things Trump has proposed. It doesn’t violate the US Constitution, because our constitution applies to US citizens, not to foreigners attempting to enter the US. It also is NOT religious discrimination, because Islam, as believed and practiced by 80% of the world’s Muslims, is much more than a religion. It is a culture or civilization, and system of law and belief that is utterly incompatible with our Western values of personal freedom, tolerance and democracy.

    Consider this: If the US did not allow entry of Muslims from fundamentalist Muslim countries (e.g., Afganastan, Pakistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, etc.) then 9/11 would not have happened, the Boston bombing and San Bernardino massacre would not have occurred, and thousands of Americans murdered on our own soil would still be alive. Admitting Muslims from those areas is nothing short of criminal negligence on the part of our government.

    We have great sympathy and compassion for those Muslims displaced by the chaos in their countries. But we should help the refugees in or close to their homelands, NOT allow them to come to the US.

  7. The San Bernadio killer guy was an American citizen, born and raised in the USA. Waco, Ruby Ridge, the Oklahoma City bomer, the Unabomer….. the list is long of people over the edge committing terrorist attacks. Turning the 99.9% of the Muslim community into villians is not a way to enlist the willing assistance of 1.6 billion people of Muslim faith that are equally outraged by the actions of a radical few. Trump has turned himself into a willing puppet of ISIS.

  8. I consider myself to be an independent, moderate (yet conservative leaning) Christian American. But I've always believed that Isreal has shown incredible restraint with those countries that wish to do her harm. I used to not be a Trump fan, but more and more he is saying things that should be said. Until there is a terrorist attack in the US by a Jew, Catholic, Hindu or someone from any other major religion, then this "IS ABOUT ISLAM." You can't argue with that common denominator and bold, albeit temporary, action is needed.
    Long live Isreal and God bless the USA!

  9. Citing more examples of bad actions does not justify this current one from Trump. And to the extent that the ones who have the greatest responsibility to speak up here are Americans, about an American, who is proposing American policy, it should be the people of those other nations including Isreal, who should be calling out their own leaders when bad policy is promoted. Trump is still wrong, and we should call him out.

  10. Secondly when the world rails against us Yids and Israel the world sits quiet. But when someone says anything bad about murderous Muslims everyone has something to say. When they murder someone very close to you haters then I want to hear your comments at that point. I guarantee you that the comments won't be so nice to those camel jockies.

  11. It’s not racist to rid our government of people on the terrorist watch list, examine its policies concerning permitting immigration, detecting terrorist, disseminating information and following the laws in our constitution. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (Pub.L. 82–414, 66 Stat. 163, enacted June 27, 1952), also known as the McCarran–Walter Act, restricted immigration into the U.S. and is codified under Title 8 of the United States Code (8 U.S.C. ch. 12). The Act governs primarily immigration to and citizenship in the United States. It has been in effect since December 24, 1952. Before this Act, a variety of statutes governed immigration law but were not organized within one body of text. Americans are not martyrs. If I die let me die in Israel, not the US, not for this cause.

  12. On what basis is Trump a racist when his policy of defending the USA by excluding invading Muslims is clearly the best way to protect the American way of life and its culture. The writing is on the wall both in the Middle East, Europe and in the streets and campuses of America. Isolate all Muslims, close down their institutions and prevent them from abusing democratic values to destroy America from within, as did Hitler and others in the past. As an outsider it looks as if yhe USA needs a better person than Trump as POTUS but he may well be correct in this issue. This is not racism but it is common sense.

  13. Islam is a barbaric, dishonest, violent cult that seeks to establish a global Caliphate. Don’t be deceived. Their intentions are clear and have been for 1400 years since the pedophile, perverted warlord Mohammed created this evil cult.

  14. Jillian Holmes If I'm not mistaken, the San Bernadino killer was born to immigrants from a fundamentalist Muslim country. We've had our share of nut-cases, and always will. They are not increasing. On the other hand, global Islamic terrorism has been increasing exponentially, here, and especially in Europe, there they have had much more Muslim immigration than here.

    I am not "Turning 99.9% of the Muslim community into villains." 99.9% (hopefully) of the Muslims already here are moderate or secular Muslims, who converted here, or cam her voluntarily because they wanted our way of life. That's not the case for the refugees. They want to come here not because they appreciate our way of life, but because the culture they believe in creates mayhem and mass murder.

    Muslim refugees from fundamentalist states don't change their culture, like changing clothes, when they cross a border. As many enclaves of festering Islamic radicalism throughout Europe, and "Little Mogadishu" in the US testify, they don't assimilate well. Neither they, nor their host countries, benefit.

  15. there used to be or may still be a regulation that Communists cannot come into the USA. This was justified on the grounds that Communists favored or were plotting a violent overthrow of the government.
    In view of that precedent, why not ban jihadists from coming into the USA? Every non-US citizen could be asked whether he favors jihad fi sabil allah, that is, Jihad in the path of Allah. Suspicious individuals could be investigated in their home countries. Persons entering or wishing to enter the US from heavily Islamic countries like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Iran, and so on, ought to be questioned on the jihad issue, whether they see jihad as a way to a better world, as an instrument of Allah's justice, as a necessity to redeem the sinful world, etc. People from non-Muslim countries could also be asked these questions if there is a suspicion. After all, Communists came from many different countries. Why Communists and not Islamists?

  16. I totally support Donald J. Trump. Those Arab countries that have banned Trump’s products in their countries are very very selfish. Do they allow Christians to build Churches in their countries? Do they allow Christians to Worship The Almighty God openly as the US government allow mosques to be built in the US????? I will go a lot far compared to Trump if I happen to be voted in as President of the United State of America. The Rich Arab nations use their great wealth to silence Western countries like the UK by strategically investing several billions of US dollar into the UK economy. These Arabs have shut the mouths of our politicians in the UK. The Arabs have grabbed the UK government by its balls. The government does not have a choice other than to turn a blind eye to dictatorship and abuse of human rights in those Arab countries. Haven’t you guys noticed that whenever a new US President is sworn, the new US President makes an official visit to the kingdom where the US President is made to Brandish the sword of Jihad as an initiation into blood letting, slaughter and beheading. Trampling on the rights of the people to free speech. The British Royal family has sworn allegiance too to this barbarism.

  17. G-d forbid Trump is nominated. But I am not opposed, in theory, to his desire to keep out Muslims. However, as a practical matter, how will he do it? He is a guy who prides himself on his pragmatism. This is not pragmatic. He could keep out everyone from arab countries. But then, what about the Christians? Once again, Trump shoots from the mouth and monopolizes press coverage.

  18. Aaron, until 1948, today's Israel was Muslim occupied Jewish land and the rest Levant and North Africa were Muslim occupied Christian lands. Today, Christian lands are still occupied by Muslims who are murdering and ethnic cleansing the remaining indigenous Christians while Aza, Shomronn and Yehuda are still occupied by the colonial Muslim invaders but will soon be liberated by the returning indigenous Jews.

  19. Trump would make a fine POTUS. He is willing to do whatever it takes to make a better America regardless of whether or not he is politically correct. His position regarding Muslim extremists is fundamentally the same as Israel's position towards Palestinian terrorism. Those who condemn Trump will be forced to relieve Israel's tragedy for lack of alternative. Trump has taken the dangerous first step and introduced the issue of terrorism to the general presidential debate and earned the criticism of American elitists who would rather treat terrorism as a pink elephant.

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