Letter to the Editor

Why single out Israel for turning back African migrants?

It is unbelievable that Human Rights Watch and Physicians for Human Rights can criticize Israel for turning away African migrants seeking refuge [“Israel closing its doors to illegal African migrants,” news, Nov. 3]. What about criticizing Egypt, which these migrants pass through but which won’t allow them to stay? Or better yet, the “oppressive” countries whence they came: Eritrea and Sudan?

Instead, Israel, a tiny country beset by terrorism while struggling to maintain its Jewish identity, is criticized for not accepting more African immigrants — having already accepted about 60,000.

On second thought, the criticism is not so unbelievable. It just illustrates the “blame Israel” bias so prevalent today.

Rodney Brooks, Silver Spring

 
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