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Friday, September 04, 2015

Why Syrians are fleeing to Europe (and not to Arab countries)

A reminder to one and all that I am in Boston, and that's why I am posting after the Sabbath started in Israel.

I'm sure all of you were touched by the picture of a Syrian boy being carried out of the water having drowned off the coast of Turkey (reproduced above).

But many of you may be wondering why the Syrians are trying to flee by sea to Europe, rather than fleeing south via Jordan to Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf, where they would at least speak the language.

The answer to that lies in the 'Palestinians.'

The Syrians can see how the 'Palestinians' have been treated by their Arab brethren for the last 67 years. They are confined to 'refugee camps.' In most Arab countries, they do not hold citizenship, cannot travel, cannot hold any job that requires any kind of license and do not live in permanent housing. Instead, they are left to languish to await the (God Forbid) demise of the State of Israel.

Many of the Syrian refugees are likely 'Palestinians.'

As to the reason that you hear of the Syrians fleeing to many different European countries and not just to one (e.g. Germany which seems more willing than others to take them), that is because once you get to any European country, you can get a Schengen visa
The Schengen Visa is the representative of the collective of 26 European countries that have mutually decided to eliminate passport and immigration controls at their joint borders. Within the Schengen area, concurrently, the citizens of these 26 European countries are free to travel in and out of this zone as one single country sharing equal international travel rights. The citizens of the Schengen zone countries cherish the right to migrate internationally without any limitations, the basis of free movement, one of the basic human rights.
And that's without even taking into account the general 'pleasure' of living in a Muslim country. It's no wonder the Syrians want to go to Europe and not to Arab countries.

Turkey, where that picture was taken, is not a Schengen country. The family was trying to reach Greece after escaping by land to Turkey. Turkey is a Muslim country for all intents and purposes.

By the way, the 'Palestinian Authority' and Hamas don't want any Syrian refugees either.

Europe can either resist or become Muslim. What could go wrong?

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At 2:59 PM, Blogger Mardukhai said...

Ironically, in the case of the poor two-year-old, the family is Kurdish, not Arab at all, and from Kobani, of all places -- which means that Israel might have been a better home for them than anywhere else. I'm sure that that family's view of Israel's enemies is a bit harsher than that of the typical Israeli.

Ironic how these things happen.


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