We Can’t Compare Syrian Refugees And Jews Fleeing Nazis

Since the moment we saw those pictures of that little boy washed up on the beach, there has been a clamouring noise from too many people keen to relate the current refugee crisis to the plight of the Jews in Nazi Europe. Let’s overlook the hundreds of thousands already murdered in Syria’s civil war.

So I was just wondering if I could ask something of all those people quick to claim that Syrian refugees are the new 1930’s Jews.

UNHCR persons of concern refugee numberFor those Jews who managed to escape Nazi Germany, where were the refugee camps, like the ones in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan today hosting 4,088,099 registered refugees (6th Sept). Because I’ve never heard anyone mention them. I’m sure a lot of Jews must have been saved in those camps.

As far as I know, in 1939 there were precisely zero Jewish countries and zero safe and secure refugee camps. I suspect if there had been a Jewish country or even a refugee camp it would have taken in some refugees. Worse: the major nations of the world, especially Britain, blocked Jews from reaching safety and sent them back to be murdered by Hitler.


“An Aerial View of the Za’atri Refugee Camp” in Jordan by U.S. Department of State

There are 23 Arab countries and a somewhere north of 60 Muslim countries and beyond the immediate neighbours housing huge UNHCR camps, they are doing almost nothing to help and are certainly not offering to permanently settle refugees as the nations of Europe are being called upon to do.

To punch emotional buttons and compare people who are fleeing safe and secure (if desperately unpleasant and hopeless) refugee camps with the 6 million murdered Jews is really, really dark.

The migrants streaming into Europe don’t just want the first safe haven they can find, the vast majority of them already left safe camps (those who weren’t slaughtered in fighting before getting out of course). They don’t even want Hungarian goulash, they want Germany’s (halal) food and social services.

Now there are some (mostly persecuted Christians, Yazidis and other minorities) who are not safe in some of the refugee camps, they should be welcomed with open arms. But the unpleasant truth is most of them should be housed in camps close to where they came from until such time as Syria figures out how to be a sane place again.

Location of UNHCR refugeesI believe the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) is doing a pretty good job on this one so far. Of all the UN agencies it’s one of the few I have a great deal of respect for. It is only by looking at UNHCR that we really see how the Palestinians and their special UNRWA have become the weapon of mass deception we know them to be.

By falsely equating Syrian (and other Arabs displaced by the glorious revolutions of the Arab spring) your bleeding heart effusions will have the following effect. The same malignant forces who made UNRWA and Palestinian refugees a weapon against Israel for 60 years, will seize this opportunity (almost entirely caused by internal Islamic strife) as new way to drive the dagger more firmly into the hearts of your present homes.

It’s not an exaggeration to say Europe is struggling mightily with the existing Muslim minorities it has. This is not helping. Is Europe now to import further disfunction and eventually destroy their own societies?

If you want to do something, stand up for the Christians and other minorities who are persecuted by the Muslims even in the UNHCR camps (I was talking last night to someone who is going to Iraq and Turkey today). The UNHCR is the right agency for this job: support and mitigation of unpleasant living conditions must flow through them.

We must not allow societal breakdown across the Muslim Arab world to destroy our homes.


Brian of London

Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian is an indigenous rights activist fighting for indigenous people who’ve returned to their ancestral homelands and built great things.

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