Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, head of Zomet Institute for Science and Torah, says Israel must build temporary refugee camps for the thousands of monthly African infiltrators.
"We have gone nuts!" Rabbi Rosen writes in his weekly column in the latest edition of the Shabbat B'Shabbato pamphlet. Noting that an average of 100 illegal African infiltrators – mainly from Sudan – sneak into Israel each night, for a total of 3,000 a month, Rabbi Rosen writes that they seek out Israel not because "we represent the promised land of economic opportunity, but rather because [we have] an unending abundance of 'human rights' and humanitarianism."
"The only place in the Middle East where organizations for human rights exist," the rabbi continues, "is in Israel! The members and supporters of these groups are willing to accept national suicide as a sacrifice to the 'religion' of human rights... Under the present circumstances, I am convinced that this is bringing about a national and existential disaster for the State of Israel."
"I can already hear the cacophony of shouts accompanied by pointing fingers," Rabbi Rosen writes: "A rabbi in Israel is heartless and lacks compassion! Where is his merciful Jewish heart? Jewish refugees in the Holocaust were also denied entry! Don't the Torah and Jewish Law require us to provide poor foreigners with a livelihood?"
Economic, Social and Nationalist Issues
"I close my eyes and try to imagine how a true Torah state of today would treat the Sudanese refugees – and my answer is clear: Though we know 'G-d has pity for all of his creatures' (Psalms 145), there is a [supplementary guiding] principle that states, 'The paupers of your own city take precedence over others' (Tractate Bava Metzia 71a). It is not only the economic considerations that force us to refuse to absorb this [onslaught] of refugees, but also, and perhaps mainly, the social and nationalist elements that are patently obvious."
Following this halakhic [Jewish legal] analysis, Rabbi Rosen proceeds to offer some drastic measures: Not only the construction of well-guarded physical obstacles and barriers to block the infiltrators, but also the construction of temporary refugee camps. The occupants therein "will be given minimal amounts of water, food, and medicine, in exchange for public labor under control of the government's newly formed 'Ministry for Non-Absorption of Migrants.' The people in the detention camps will be categorized as law-breakers… The standard of living quarters and livelihood will be between minimal and sub-standard, mainly with the goal of reducing the incentive for this African immigration... There will be a complete prohibition of any mobility outside the camps, and will be allowed to travel around the country only in organized transportation for work and for other vital reasons. This situation will be explicitly defined as temporary until they are deported under international agreements."
Rabbi Rosen admits that his idea has slim chances of implementation, " and you know very well why this is so: We have too many 'enlightened' people in our country who will never let it happen - knights of human rights, at the expense of the country!"
Religious Feminist Forum Puts Supporting All Women First
"And here is an example from a sector close to my heart," Rabbi Rosen concluded. "When a representative of Kolech, The Religious Women's Forum, was asked recently why that religious feminist organization supports renting homes to Arabs in Jewish neighborhoods, I was floored by her reply: 'It's because we support the rights of women, and the rights of all minorities are included in our agenda.' It is hard to argue with such 'logic.' I am on a completely different plane than they are; I give up!"
(Shabbat B'Shabbato, originally published by HaPoel HaMizrachi and now by Zomet, is the longest-running weekly pamphlet among the dozens that are distributed weekly in synagogues across the country. It has been published since 1984 and is read by over 100,000 people each Shabbat, according to the Zomet website.)