Citing Switzerland’s refusal to take in greater numbers of Jews during the Holocaust, the president of its Federation of Jewish Communities urged his government to take in migrants from the Middle East.
Federation president Herbert Winter’s plea, titled “Refugees: No, the Boat is not Full,” was published Tuesday in the Les Temps daily. While thousands of Jews found refuge in neutral Switzerland from the Nazi genocide, “thousands also were turned away at the borders and murdered in concentration camps,” Winter wrote.
The Swiss are “privileged” to have good economic circumstances and “morally obligated to act for those less fortunate,” wrote Winter, who cited the integration of Swiss Jewry into society as proof that host countries benefit from immigration as much as the newcomers.
More than 340,000 migrants, many of them refugees, have crossed over to Europe from the Middle East this year, according to the European Union’s border authority. The flow has increased drastically in recent weeks, as tens of thousands entered through Hungary and Slovenia.
Jewish European groups, including the Central Jewish Organization of the Netherlands, urged European governments to act generously toward refugees from Syria and Iraq, who make up a large portion of the migrants.
Some of the same groups also urged vigilance to prevent terrorism and an increase in anti-Semitic violence as a result of the stream of immigrants.
In Hungary alone, some 150 Jews are involved in relief operations for refugees, according to the Mazsihisz umbrella group of Jewish communities.
And in Britain, some 150 young Jews last week took part in a march in London in support of refugees.
Separately in the Netherlands, a Jewish hotel owner, Benoit Wesly, said this week he would house refugees in two rooms in each of his two hotels in the southern city of Maastricht, where they would also receive free meals. “Entrepreneurs must do something to solve this problem,” he told RTL broadcaster.Source
Here's another article on the HuffingtonPost from Robin Sclafani, Director of CEJI-A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe.
The political refugees are giving a second-chance to Europe, a moment in history with the momentum to rectify the societal structures which have failed so many times. Just look at the Evian Conference of 1938 in which country after country expressed sympathy for the plight of Jewish refugees, but only the Dominican Republic agreed to accept them.
The European Union was founded in the aftermath of WWII in order to avoid these kinds of mistakes of the past. The debate as to whether we should or shouldn't allow them to come is exposing multiple fears and uncertainties. The refugees are coming regardless if we "let them" and we must address the fears of the Reticent or Resistant as challenges to be overcome. We need to put in place the policies and programmes to support the realization of the newcomers' positive contribution to the future of our society.
The refugees are being imprinted by their first contact with Europe, either an idealized version (such as the welcome provided by Germans and Austrians) or a demonized version (such as the mistreatment they are experiencing in Hungary). Even positive encounters with refugees will not be enough to ensure intercultural experiences which enable the new arrivals to become active participants in our democratic, pluralistic, equality-promoting structures.
The newcomers need to be educated in the rights and responsibilities of our multicultural Europe, we need to help them overcome their possible prejudices, such as those they may have about Jews, women and gays and lesbians. But we as hosts need to be challenged in our stereotypes too; the refugees can help us to overcome our xenophobia, and we can all be better prepared to expand our notions of common identity.
The good will which is momentarily being expressed by so many towards the Syrian refugees may provide Europe the opportunity to address more effectively the already existing problem of ethnic discrimination in employment and the inequalities reinforced in our school systems. Let us not forget the millions of European citizens who may be Black, Roma, Muslim or other "different" identity who experience discrimination on a regular basis, at work, in the shops, on the streets, searching for housing, in the media and in the schools.
Economists mostly agree that new workers in Europe will be good for the economy and counter-balance the deficit of an aging population. We need to ensure that employers can make the best use of this increase in the workforce. They must have a strategy in place that will prepare them to succeed and feel fulfilled in their labours. Policies linked to adult education, transfer of competences, programmes that address hard and soft skills, are all necessary parts of this strategy, as is anti-bias training for the existing workforce so that the new arrivals actually feel comfortable and appreciated.
Let us take seriously the fears of those afraid of an increase in terror acts, even if it has been shown that Europe does not need refugees to bring terrorism into our midst. Screening of asylum applicants is crucial for previous engagement with terrorist organisations. But we should not forget that these people are escaping terror, survivors from the belly of the beast. They are diverse: Christian, Shiite, Sunni, Alawites, Kurds and Yazidis. If our reception of them is done well, there are better chances that they will become evermore loyal to Europe.
Essentially so much of the resistance expressed to receiving the thousands waiting at Europe's borders comes from a fear of losing one's culture, to find one's identity no longer the norm, to find oneself confronted with a different set of values. The refugees must be feeling this fear 100 times more than those of us within the existing European mainstream. The refugees must adapt because their lives are on the line. How about the Europeans with historical roots that run so deep? A little bit of change is inevitable with or without refugees, but maybe if we can do "integration" gracefully, with curiosity and decency, providing education into the benefits of secular democracy, we may discover a brighter more peaceful future.Source
Note the casualness with which this woman talks about "we" and "our multicultural Europe". Here's a potted biography of her.
Robin Sclafani is the Director of CEJI-A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe, the leading European Jewish organisation in the field of diversity education, intercultural dialogue and anti-discrimination advocacy. With over 25 years experience in developing and delivering anti-prejudice diversity awareness training programmes, both in the USA and Europe, Robin is the architect of the suite of training programmes linked to the award-winning project Belieforama: A Panoramic Approach to Issues of Religion and Belief, and she has been coordinating one of civil society’s most promising initiatives in hate crime monitoring training, called Facing Facts!. Originally from New York City, living in Brussels since 1998, with joint USA and Italian citizenship, Robin is a lifelong champion for the value of diversity.Source
So this a New York Jewess telling we Europeans we need to hand our countries over to aliens and make ourselves a minority in our own home. She sells "anti-prejudice diversity awareness training" and her article advocates its increasingly widespread use, so she is drumming up business for her own no-doubt very profitable diversity racket!
What about Israel? Should it take in any refugees? Its strategic position between the world's two main conflict centres, the Middle East and Africa, surely affords it an ideal opportunity to become an "asylum superpower". Er, no. According to the Jewish Chronicle, Israel's contribution should be confined to sending some ships to rescue invaders in the Mediterranean then ferry them into Europe.
One option is to contribute a naval force to the joint efforts of a number of European countries to rescue refugees and migrants who are being abandoned in the Mediterranean by smugglers. Those migrants come not only from Syria, but from other war-torn countries as well. The resources for this operation are always stretched and could be greatly enhanced by Israel's equipment and personnel.
Israel could mobilise for such an operation in a matter of days as its navy has already established joint search-and-rescue procedures with many of the Nato members that have deployed ships to the Mediterranean.
At a later stage, once the refugees arriving in Europe have been found places to live and start to plan their future, Israel can assist the host countries with its expertise in adult-learning and technological training.Source
Sure, maybe Robin could get a piece of that "adult-learning" action, no doubt generously financed by the European taxpayer.
In conclusion, the "myth" that Jews promote policies that would alter the ethnic makeup of the countries they live in, weakening the numerical strength of the indigenous people, actually isn't a myth at all, is it? It's a factual reality. This is ethnic warfare dressed up as moral idealism. It's time the Europeans in the Counterjewhad movement found the moral strength within themselves to publicly recognise the role Jews have played in the catastrophe presently engulfing us and stopped kow-towing to their Jewish paymasters.
For purposes of historical comparison see here.