For many years, the United States Refugee Admissions Program was a minor government activity, quietly saving lives under the radar of public attention. With the rise of ISIS and this year’s combative presidential election cycle, it has become divisive, with powerful feelings among both those who consider it a vital humanitarian program, and those for whom security is paramount.
In the past few months, many of us have experienced an incredible inspiring adventure with several young men. These young men grew up in K.C., were motivated by NCSY, left to learn in Israel/New York, and returned this summer to be with family and friends.
I just experienced the most spiritual, beautiful love affair that one person could ask for in a land that is so much a part of my soul that I long to be there for eternity. Of course I am speaking of Eretz Yisrael.
Equal pay for women. Raise the minimum wage to $15. Free college tuition. Immigration reform. Enhanced social security. The list of goodies Hillary promised at the Democratic convention goes on and on, breathtakingly. She says she will continue the Obama agenda.
Over 10 major Jewish organizations are lobbying for the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States. HIAS, known in the past as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society whose heroic work helped Jews fleeing from pogroms, is in the forefront of this effort.
Written by Larry Nussbaum, Prairie Village, Kansas
Remembering the hidden Holocaust
On Sunday’s edition of “60 Minutes,” (Aug. 7, 2016, repeated from Oct. 4, 2015) there was the story of a French Catholic priest, Father Patrick Desbois, who has made it his life’s work to uncover and document the hidden Holocaust.
Charles Jacobs’ July 21 guest editorial, “Typical School Day in Syria: Jews are our Enemies,” describes the horrendous anti-Semitism in official Syrian textbooks and calls for the United States to screen Syrian refugees for evidence of anti-Semitic views in advance of their being considered for asylum.