August 2, 2010, - 12:16 pm

Taking a Page From Israel on (Some) Immigration Enforcement

By Debbie Schlussel

One of Israel’s biggest failures is that it never deported “Palestinians” from Israel.  Virtually every Arab Muslim nation deported its Jews, beginning from the time Israel became a state in 1948 and in the years thereafter.  They lost their homes, in most cases their belongings, and all claims to any property in those countries.  About a million Jews were expelled from these nations, including Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia, etc.  But the Israelis–ever worried about international public opinion–did nothing, as Arab Muslims from Africa, Jordan, Kuwait, and elsewhere came to Israel seeking paid jobs, and calling themselves, “Palestinians.”  And despite that concern, the world hated Israel anyway and looked the other way on the Jewish deportations and expulsions.


Now, though Israel continues to refuse to deport any of these Muslim immigrants, the country is doing something that should be a hint to the U.S. about what we need to do to those claiming birthright citizenship under a Constitutional amendment aimed solely at legitimizing Black slaves and their children as Americans.  I applaud what Israel is doing, as U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jon Kyl are just giving it lip service.  However, there is a danger that as these people are deported, more Palestinian Muslims will take their place in the labor force.

The migrant workers in Israel are much like many of those in the U.S.  They do a lot of agricultural and construction labor, the work an Obama/Bush-like government would say is “the work some Americans [or, in this case, Israelis] won’t do.”  But, in fact, just like in America, Israelis could and would do it, if the wages were right.  And part of the Israeli “chalutz” (pioneer) movement of Zionism was to do the work yourself with your own hands, as was often done on Israeli kibbutzim (collective agricultural settlements).

Israel on Sunday approved a compromise ministerial plan to deport 400 children of foreign workers while allowing another 800 to remain in the Jewish state, the prime minister’s office said.

A majority of cabinet members approved the recommendation of a commission created by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in November 2009 to decide the fate of the children, all of whom were threatened with deportation.

According to the government’s decision, children of migrant workers who have lived in the country for more than five years and who speak Hebrew will be allowed to remain in the country with permanent residency permits.

Hey, sounds just like amnesty. But Israel is dealing with a few hundred kids in this case. America will deal with an onslaught of millions. Good luck with that.

The remainder will be deported to their home countries along with their families.

The issue of the migrant children, many of whom have attended Israeli schools, learned Hebrew and come to see the country as their own, has provoked heated debate, especially since they are eligible for social benefits.

Netanyahu warned too much leniency would create additional incentives for more illegal immigration, which he called a “tangible threat to the Jewish and democratic character of the state of Israel.”

Ditto, America.

There are more than 220,000 foreign workers in Israel, including some 100,000 who are in the country illegally, according to official figures. The total population is about 7.6 million, with a Jewish majority of 75.5 percent.

Like I said, the danger here is that as the migrant workers and their kids leave, Israelis will allow more Palestinian Muslims into the country to work as laborers, and often, that’s how terrorists get in. We saw something similar when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided the Iowa Agriprocessors plant and deported hundreds of Catholic Latino workers, who were mostly replaced by extremist Muslim Somalian immigrants. Plus, it encourages the growth of the Palestinians as more and more Muslims come to the region and claim that faux-ethnic description, which has few distinctions from just being any other Arab Muslim.

Still, I admire that Israel is taking a stand on this, a stand the U.S. should take. Sadly, just like the U.S.–where the majority of deportees are relatively harmless Latinos–Israel still doesn’t have the guts to deport the far more harmful Muslims on its soil. Just like America.

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13 Responses

In European nations they’re doing the same thing. Letting in poorer countries immigrants to work for less at factories producing everything. It is truly disturbing that’s it’s a global thing.

Joe on August 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Those in Israel (and here) who gush with sympathy for the illegals and their children are rarely asked (and never consider for themselves) how many is “too many”, and what actions they would accept as legitimate to deal with the problem when that number is reached. Israel *has* reached that number, with more today infiltrating than Jews “returning home”.

The is aggravated by the ongoing “guest worker” program that brings tens of thousands (mostly from Asia), a substantial number of whom stay on beyond their contracts. Economic interests preserve this scandalous system – the “brokers” who earn thousands for each worker they bring in, the contractors and farmers who want cheaper, exploitable labor. And those interests are well connected. (Sound familiar?)

And just as the US has a permeable southern border through which criminals and terrorists pass, so too does Israel – with Egypt’s Sinai. And just as Mexico is thrilled to have the US as a “pressure valve”, so too is Egypt thrilled to “export” its African refugees, weakening Israel in the process.

Raymond in DC on August 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Who wants to bet this lasts all of three seconds? With Obama’s blessings the UNSC will vote to sanction Israel and Netanyahu will give in.

I_AM_ME on August 2, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Well, Debbie you said the magic words, “for the right wages.” The Chalutzim, pioneers, worked and often died, for nothing more than a tent to sleep in and some meager food so as to build our home. Now, we Jews have taken on Western ways and expect a “minimum” wage to build our own house. This is where we miss it and the Arabs get it. They see this as their homeland and are willing to lug big rocks and mix concrete by hand to build a beautiful home over time. We need young Jews who, if they have college degrees, put them aside and do some real work and if they don’t they need to get skills that people need. Our young neighbor is learning to be an electrician. He’ll have a certification in a couple of weeks. He will be well employed, Yes, he’s Jewish but he’s one of those descended from expellees from Moslem lands. We Sephardim are less averse to working with our hands. It’s time all Jews learned to get hands dirty and stop depending on goyim for the distasteful tasks.

mk750 on August 2, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Oh, and young neighbor’s father in law, also a neighbor, he’s made a VERY comfortable living as an auto mechanic. He owns his own garage and services all the French brands. They have been able to travel to Europe and the US. They have a son with MS who was working with his Dad and they can afford to pay the thousands a month for his meds. This is the solution to Jewish independence and freedom from our enemies. We have a doctor shortage so we could use some more, but how many “high tech” people does a country of 7,000,000 people need?

    mk750 on August 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    mk750 says it all! How can the Jews throw the Arabs out unless we want to clean the toilets, sweep the streets, build the houses and graze the animals? Every Jewish child should learn farming, soldiering, building, computers, languages, basic Torah and survival in school and be ready to work the land by the time they are finished!
    I also always wonder what would happen if Israel could no longer import and export product?
    ISRAEL should become totally self-sufficient!
    No Arabs owning land, no Arabs voting, no Arabs on welfare!
    They will leave, and ALl THE JOBS will be for the JEWS!

    Suzanne Weinstein on August 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm




Jgrant on August 2, 2010 at 2:10 pm


    mk750 on August 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm


    mk750 on August 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Contrary to popular belief, arabs are not an original people in the Dead Sea region. Islam’s fake “prophet” travelled to the Judaeo-Christian Holy Lands as a camel caravan driver. From Roman times through Byzantine, citizenship was NOT open to outsiders.

In fact, the arab beast – savages from Negd and Hijaz (now in the Saud terrorist entity – destroyed most native cultures in J-C territory. Assyrian, Armarean (probably the original Hittites) and Phoenician remnant peoples are now forced to call themselves “arabs.”

Is a Chinese/English speaker in Hong Kong an “english”? Hardly. So why do we recognize something called an “arab”? If the US ever had a good President – (Beirut Barracks) Reagan was marginally better than a poke in the eye with a stick – they would foster disunity among Maghreb, Egyptian, Berber, Jazeera (arab Peninsula), and Levantine “arabs.” Yah, divide and pacify.

Generally it can be said, there is no such thing as either an “arab” or a “palestinian.” Those who claim those identities, contribute less than zero to human development. They are the human equivalent of mosquitoes.

Jack Mutt on August 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm

We do have a dilemma here in Israel because we are not allowed to work at all on Shabbat and we may not ask another Jew to do work even if he says he’s not Jewish. So we have the hospitality industry that must be open for non-Jewish tourists that needs staffing, elderly whose lives are not in danger needing routine care and a few industries i.e. Intel that must work 24/7. So we need some Gentile workers, legal or otherwise. From the business point of view of course it makes sense to pay a low as possible but from a Torah perspective, that is WRONG. We need to correct that, invite a “few” qualified Gentiles who love Israel to come an do these jobs and pay what we’d pay a fellow Jew on a regular week day. They should get legal resident status, pay taxes and get the same health care and schooling for their kids we do. If they VOLUNTEER to convert, they should receive citizenship upon doing so but no “Right of Return” bennies. After all, they aren’t “returning” to anything. I think it’s ridiculous for a convert to come in under the “Law of Return” nonetheless, I welcome them to our family.

mk750 on August 3, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Oops, I meant *even if he says he’s not RELIGIOUS* sorry about that.

    mk750 on August 3, 2010 at 10:49 am

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