Thursday, February 22, 2007
Israel accepts Darfur refugees
Israel, the one JEWISH state in the world has now given refugee status to MUSLIM individuals who fled war-torn Darfur. You can read more of the details here. I find this all quite astonishing. I believe this is the first time Israel has granted refugee status to Muslims fleeing a nation that is an enemy state of Israel. It should be noted that the choices for the Darfur refugees is otherwise very grim; they are not welcomed by most Middle Eastern/African nations, and are fleeing across the Sudanese border illegally, and then treated like crap in these nations. My thought on this is one of pride in Israel, but concern that this will open the floodgates to the millions of Sudanese refugees who absolutely DO need a place to go...but should not choose the tiny nation of Israel (with all the problems Israel faces), as that place. In any case, it does become hard to call Israel an "apartheid state" when it does things such as this, huh? Somehow, I doubt anyone in the world will pay attention to this story or even care.