Dr. Benny Peiser02.06.2012 09:23
Tel Aviv—and all of Israel—shook this week after a protest-turned-riot over the question of African immigrants. A crowd of about 1,000 people swarmed the streets of south Tel Aviv last week; shops and cars were vandalized and hateful slogans shouted through the streets. According to reports, the riot was preceded by hateful speeches in the Knesset, and the crowds were whipped into a frenzy by racist speeches by MKs…Via Meadia is not prepared to issue rulings on what is and is not appropriate behavior for a Jewish state, but this kind of behavior is depressing wherever it appears. Human beings who seek to improve their living conditions by moving in search of work are exercising a natural right, and while there are reasons why states may for security or social reasons need to limit and control migration, Israel (and America) should never lose sight of the dignity of all human beings even as we try to enforce immigration laws in an equitable way.
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