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Shas to Sudanese: You're ruining our dream

Article in Shas journal addresses migrants, says 'it's best if we part as friends'

The Shas journal has officially joined the struggle against infiltrators led by party chairman Eli Yishai. The party's journal, Yom LeYom recently published a public letter to the infiltrators containing "serious talk with the serious Sudanese, out of love and decency." The bottom line: "You're ruining our dream; it's best if we go our separate ways."


Rabbi Moshe Shafir opened his letter with a seemingly appeasing tone. "We love you dear Sudanese," he wrote. "The worst a Jew will ever do to you will be better than the live bullets fired at you at the Egyptian border."


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He soon went on to explain why the two populations cannot cohabitate. "A society personifying a social time bomb of robbery, violence, sodomy as well as assimilation alongside the destruction of the institute of marriage and the proper family unit – such a society must be separate and distant, and the sooner the better."


מהגרים מאפריקה בדרום תל אביב. "ויפה שעה אחת קודם" (צילום: עופר עמרם)

African migrants in Tel Aviv (Photo: Ofer Amram)


The article stated that the Jewish people returned to their homeland after many years in exile "to fulfill the positive potential of the human race…you have proved this is not 'your thing' and that is why it's best if we part as friends…you're ruining our dream…perhaps you may have helped us in various ways, but under the current circumstances it's probably not the case."


Shafir stressed, "This is not about racism or any racial doctrine but a question of leadership, and social principles of decent human beings."


He further added, "This has nothing to do with Nazi racism, God forbid – where things were the other way around: a corrupt, murderous society disposed of a foreign and hinest people who only benefitted it and balanced it with its pure virtues."


'We'll be glad to help you'

Shafir ended his article by quoting Martin Luther King's famous speech "I have a dream."


"Listen up, dear and kind Sudanese people. In the United States, Martin Luther King's dream came true. Giuliani will tell you how he made it happen. Go forth and implement this in Sudan and Eritrea. We promise to help you, we'll even be delighted to help, as always."


Meanwhile, Interior Minister Eli Yishai met with the Eritrean Ambassador to Israel Tesfamariam Tekeste on Sunday.


In a statement, Yishai said that he had asked the ambassador to convey a message to his people, whereby "Israel cannot become a destination for them and any future infiltrators who may find themselves in detention centers."


The two also discussed possible ways of collaboration in an effort to return the infiltrators back to Eritrea.


According to the Foreign Ministry and Israel's international obligations, the infiltrators cannot be returned at this time.




פרסום ראשון: 06.03.12, 17:20
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