November 8, 2012

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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