Syrian Refugees Western Guilt

David Rubin,

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David Rubin
David Rubin is former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children"s Fund, and the author of five books, including The Islamic Tsunami and his latest, More Sparks From Zion. For more info, click on these links: or

The pressure is on for the free world to welcome in the Syrian refugees, who are fleeing that country’s civil war in droves, probably joined by thousands of fellow Muslims from other countries, looking for safe passage to the West. As the Muslim world implodes, an international guilt trip is being hoisted upon the leaders of the U.S, and especially on the European countries. British Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge this week to take in 20,000 refugees from Syria by 2020 has been slammed by critics as inadequate. Surprisingly, there were even defensive, apologetic responses this week from Republican anti-illegal immigration Presidential candidates such as Donald Trump, suggesting that he might be willing to reluctantly take in some of the refugees.

While Europe has borne the brunt of the big push, even little Israel is beginning to let its Jewish guilt get in the way of rational thinking. First in line is oppo‎sition leader Yitzhak Herzog.

"I call on the government of Israel to act toward receiving refugees from the war in Syria, in addition to the humanitarian efforts it is already making," Herzog said. "Jews cannot be indifferent while hundreds of thousands of refugees are looking for safe haven."  

Seizing on that theme, Jewish universal immigration organizations such as HIAS, which once focused on Jewish immigration needs, are now advocating for a mass welcome for the latest illegal Muslim immigrants, urging the U.S. government to take in some 100,000. 

Herzog and HIAS notwithstanding, some left-leaning public figures aren’t joining the “Let Them In” movement. Israeli oppo‎sition politician Yair Lapid stated yesterday that "Israel, unfortunately, cannot allow itself into the refugee crisis issue. It's a European issue and there's no reason we should be part of it."

Nonetheless, even that statement misses the point and misidentifies the guilty party. It’s not a European issue, nor is it an American issue, and it’s certainly not an Israeli or Jewish issue. It is wholly about a destructive bedlam in an Islamic world that has run amok and is imploding before our very eyes. Even so, the wealthy Islamic nations in the Persian Gulf, vast in territory and vaster in resources, are closing their eyes, and their borders. Why should the free world take in additional Muslim refugees with all of the serious demographic and security challenges that they cause, while Saudi Arabia, the self-acclaimed leader of Islam, refuses to open its borders and its pocketbook?

The long-term survival of the West and of course, of Israel, requires the immediate closure of borders to further Islamic immigration and the expulsion of those who have entered illegally. This is an internal Muslim issue, a crisis that they have created on their own, and it should be treated as such.