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Syrian Refugees Threaten Americans — and Jews

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Middle Eastern refugees. Photo: UN Refugee Agency.

Middle Eastern refugees. Photo: UN Refugee Agency.

Syrian immigrants pose a grave danger to all Americans — and especially to American Jews and homosexuals.

Top Obama Administration officials have testified that Syrian refugees cannot be properly vetted. As FBI Director James Comey stated, “We can query our databases until the cows come home, but nothing will show up because we have no record of them.”

Homeland Security Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee Chairman, Congressman Peter King (R, NY), added: “There is absolutely no real way of vetting these refugees coming in. . . . there is no intelligence on the ground. . . . There’s obviously no government records we can go to. Syria is a totally chaotic country, and it’s a hotbed of al Qaeda and ISIS.  And we have no idea who’s coming out of Syria. . . . it definitely puts the United States at risk.”

US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified that US intelligence officials have a “huge concern” about ISIS’ ability to infiltrate the country via Syrian refugees. A top Lebanese minister warned that two in every 100 Syrian migrants are ISIS fighters.  An ISIS operative admitted that 4,000 ISIS fighters have been smuggled into Western nations, hidden among refugees. Congressman Peter King wrote “we know that ISIL will attempt to infiltrate its members into the United States with these refugees. . . . ISIS perpetrators of the Paris massacre traveled hidden among refugees.”

FBI Director Comey also testified that the intelligence community is concerned that ISIS has the capability to manufacture fraudulent passports. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) intelligence sources report that ISIS has passport printing machines, blank passport books, and Syrian citizen’s biographical data for stealing identities.

Moreover, many Syrians support ISIS and hate Jews. An Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies poll of 900 Syrian refugees in November showed that a third of Syrian refugees are ISIS sympathizers, and 13% support ISIS.

In addition, according to a 2007 poll cited in the article “Opposing Syrian Muslim Refugees is a Jewish Value,” a staggering 77% of Syrians support Hamas — a terrorist organization whose Charter calls for murdering Jews. Hamas trainers and trainees, who are in Syria, may very well enter the United States as Syrian “refugees.”

The Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes survey (2009) found that in majority Muslim nations such as Syria, more than 90% of people held strongly unfavorable (antisemitic) attitudes towards Jews. 

Syrian Muslims are indoctrinated from an early age to celebrate martyrdom, act violently towards “enemies,” and hate Jews and Israel. A chilling recent study of Syrian textbooks found vicious antisemitic teachings.

The violence perpetrated by Muslim immigrants in Europe — especially toward European Jews — portends what America has in store if we bring more such immigrants here. A recent ISGAP survey noted: “Perpetrators of the most extreme cases of violence against European Jews in recent years were Muslims.” In the wake of numerous Muslim attacks on German Jews, the leader of Germany’s Jewish community, Dr. Josef Schuster, warned that many refugees are from cultures marked by “hate towards Jews and intolerance,” and implored German Chancellor Angela Merkel to limit refugees. Dr. Schuster also reminded Merkel of the Islamists’ mistreatment of women and homosexuals.

Islamists are attacking Jews in America already. Our children are subjected to rampant, even violent, hateful antisemitism on some American college campuses. At City University of New York’s Hunter College, the anti-Israel hate group “Students for Justice in Palestine” (SJP) chanted “Zionists out of CUNY!” and “Intifada! Intifada! Long live the Intifada, Death to the Zionists!” (Intifada means murdering innocent Jews.)  Likewise, at UC Berkley in October, Muslim students shouted: “We support the intifada!”  during an antisemitic, anti-Israel SJP rally.

At Temple University, an SJP member or sympathizer punched an innocent Jewish student in the face. A gang of SJP members screamed at the Jewish student that he was a “Zionist pig” and “kike” and deserved what he got.  Repeated antisemitic incidents have reportedly made it unsafe to be Jewish at Vassar College.

Muslim terrorist plots have targeted American synagogues in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington DC.

On New York’s Upper West Side, a Muslim man attacked and struck a Jewish bookstore owner in the face, while screaming “F- the Jews!”

San Bernardino terrorist Sayed Farook specifically targeted and killed a pro-Israel Messianic Jewish co-worker, Nicholas Thalasinos. According to the victim’s friend, Farook had been threatening Nicholas, “telling him that Islam will rule the world, that Christians and Jews deserve to die; and that he (Nicholas) was going to die.”

We dare not increase this scourge.

An influx of Syrian Muslims would also further strengthen the Arab anti-Israel lobby, thereby weakening US-Israel relations.

Shockingly, despite these grave perils, HIAS, the Anti-Defamation League, AJC, Union for Reform Judaism and the national JCRCs signed a joint letter with vicious anti-Israel organizations (i.e. Muslim Public Affairs Council, CAIR, the pro-BDS Presbyterians) supporting dangerous Syrian immigration, opposing additional restrictions and security measures on Syrian refugees, and giving credibility to these terrible anti-Israel groups.

Even before the San Bernadino massacre, a Bloomberg poll showed that most Americans oppose bringing Syrian refugees here: 53% of Americans want to completely stop accepting Syrian refugees; plus 11% want to only accept Christian Syrian refugees. Only 28% favored continuing resettlement.

American Jews and the pro-Israel community should join ZOA and most Americans in opposing bringing more ISIS-infiltrated, Jew hating refugees here.

Morton A. Klein is National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA).

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  • Aryeh Sherman

    Morton Klein quoted FBI director James Comey regarding Syrian refugees. Comey said:

    “I can’t sit here and offer anybody an absolute assurance that there’s no risk associated with this (referring to Syrian refugees who enter the United States).”

    This is correct. But it is also correct that “absolute assurance” cannot be given regarding the 41.3 million foreigners currently living in the United States. Neither can “absolute assurance” be given for the 34.4 million foreign tourists entering the United States annually. “Absolute assurance” cannot be given for the total population of the United States, estimated at 320 million people in 2015. In fact “absolute assurances” can never be given — period.

    Yes, there is risk. But, as has been abundantly demonstrated by recent events, the risk of offering compassion to refugees is much less than the potential risks originating from our own citizens or from the millions of people who annually come to our country to visit, study or do business; these people are subjected to far fewer security screenings than refugees.

    Life requires us to weigh the potential risks of any action against the potential benefits. Responsible leaders must take action to mitigate risk; they also must take action to maximize benefits.

    Since a refugee is someone outside their home country and having a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group, they are by definition people whose past history is difficult to establish – they fled or were expelled from their homeland. Security checks on our refugee population are far more extensive than security checks made on any other category of foreigners arriving in the United States; extensive security checks mitigate risk.

    It is estimated that since 1980 about 1.8 million refugees were resettled in the United States with annual arrivals typically ranging between 40,000 and 75,000. Refugees who have entered the United States represent the major and minor religions, races and ethnic groups of the world. The vast majority of refugees successfully settle in our country becoming productive members of society, contributing to the economy — providing great benefit to the United States.

    As Jews, we must learn from our history of being expelled from countries and rejected from new homelands, including the United States during World War II. Now, the United States has made a token gesture (to accept at least 10,000 this year out of 4.3 million Syrian refugees). We owe it to our European partners who are accepting vastly more Syrian refugees to assist in this mass migration. We owe it to the families fleeing persecution to provide a safe haven. We owe it to ourselves as a Jewish community to support people who are persecuted and without a homeland.

    We want our children to look back on this period of our history with pride and say that we conquered fear to show the true spirit of what it means to be an American. Or do we want our children to look back on this period and remember it as yet another miscarriage of justice similar to many other unfortunate incidents in American history?

    Read more: The Jewish Chronicle – The true spirit of what it means to be an American

    • James

      Are you serious? Can you imagine the outcry that would occur if a major terrorist attack would occur and it was traced back to ISIS agents that got here through refugee status? You’d have a full blown revolution in this country. We are at a very volatile time in our history right now, and the level of anger has reached a boiling point.

  • Shalom-Hillel

    Jewish organizations mentioned in the article are failing the Jewish community. They are working against the welfare of the community and against the wishes of the majority of Americans.

  • montlasky

    Everything that Trump stands for is to overcome the contents that this article is warning of. Is the West totally blind or are they starting to wake up to this awful world cancer that is infiltrating all democracies to make them surrender to Islam?
    Never mind Trumps idiosyncrasies, by self admission or that he is not from “The Hill” as a true blue politician doesn’t mean a thing. He is a savvy guy with all the rough edges that he has probably had all his life. How else did he become on of the world’s self made billionaire? His entrepreneurial skills are not in doubt and he will learn quickly the niceties of Washington.He will however re-train the blue bloods on how to face the real world in the area of self defending politics. Let’s hope he wins the nomination for the sake of the free world and save all the infidels who make up the largest proportion of the world’s population.

    • Ra’anan

      Many people really LIKED Trump. Suddenly, though, he would not repudiate the “2-State Solution.” So, while Trump does NOT want an Islamic invasion of America, he doesn’t feel the same way about Israel. A “2-State Solution” would place a hostile, Islamic army on the footsteps of Israel (WORSE than an Islamic invasion of Israel).

  • Fred

    Sad, sad that many leftist Jews are not realising by joining & participating with anti Israel mobs that they put their necks on the block.

  • Nancy Williams

    I’m sure Europe & England wished “if they could only do it over again”….At least US & Canada knows what’s in store for them if they let them in, as history repeats itself! 5 years ago, it was considered by many (the jihadists in the US!)’islamphobic’ to watch ‘The Third Jihad’ & the muslims even got a court order preventing it from being shown in anti-terrorist govt training! Now it’s all coming true! See for yourself!

  • steven L

    This is part of the TRANSFORMATION our President and the Liberals promised to do!

  • Joseph

    This headline is very misleading and, really, very unhelpful regarding the current situation of terrorist attacks, refugees, and peoples legitimate fears. Reading the subject line in the forwarding e-mail “Syrian Refugees Threaten Jews” or the headline “Syrian Refugees Threaten Americans — and Jews”, one gets the impression that the story is reporting a threat made by Syrian refugees against Jews and/or Jews and Americans. Quite alarming. In fact, after reading the first sentence of the article, it becomes clear that it is an opinion piece making the case that Syrian refugees pose a threat to Jews and Americans, etc. Something altogether different than the alarming impression given by the headline. Algemeiner should change the headline to accurately reflect the content of the article.

  • While I support fair treatment of Palestinians, principally through a two-state solutions and more freedom in developing an economy that can help improve the lives of those in Gaza and the West Bank, it is possible to be in favor of those goals without spreading or condoning anti-Semitic actions. After reading this article, it is obvious that it will be difficult to accept Syrian refugees without developing some way to manage the problems this could bring.

    • Ra’anan

      David R. Quammen “Fair treatment of Palestinians, principally through a two-state solution & more freedom in developing an economy that can help improve the lives of those in Gaza & the West Bank?” What PLANET are you living on? When Israel withdrew from Gaza & left equipment for businesses those ARABS did NOT begin to build their economy! They opened fired on the withdrawing Israeli army & promptly destroyed all of the business equipment Israel left for them & continuously fired rockets on civilian JEWISH populations for almost 10 years! Arabs have 22 countries, Jews have only 1 country & the Arab can’t stomach that so they want HALF in what you are calling a “2-state solution!” The Arabs are NOT INDIGENOUS to Israel, they are COLONIALISTS from Arabia, they have NO claims on Jewish land. Anyone in favour of a “2-State solution” is either ignorant of the facts or a JEW-HATER.

      • Robbie

        Thank u ✌?️

      • Owen Ford

        Ra’anan, modern genetic research demonstrates that both indigenous Palestinian Muslims and indigenous Palestinian Jewry both descend from Canaanite ancestors who have lived in the region for some 20 to 30,000 years. You are welcome to fill your head with whatever poisonous garbage floats your boat; but if you aspire to a reality-based perspective you are going to have to lose some of the hasbara racism. This is quite the rabid little website by the way, I don’t suppose I’ll return. Haters gotta hate, I guess.

  • Bernie Kessler

    It’s time to organize a campaign directed at States and College Governing Boards to get the Muslim Brotherhood affiliates off the campuses. We may have several different groups taking such action now but we need the strength of a concerted effort with a unified approach. The breadth and intensity of anti-Semitism on our campuses has reached proportions needing Government intervention. Facets of such a campaign must include political and legal action.

  • M McL

    AIPAC media wont publish that San Bernardino terrorist Sayed Farook specifically targeted and killed a pro-Israel Messianic Jewish co-worker, Nicholas Thalasinos. Why. AIPAC wants goyim to think this shet only happens on tv in Palestine. But the shet is killin Californians now. Big shhh by tv/Zionist Hollywood.

    • M McL

      KNX 1070AM in L.A. will not put over radio whole truth about Calif shooting rampage.

  • Joseph Feld

    Why am I not surprised to see the Union for Reform Judaism joining a range of vicious anti-Israel groups to demand the USA take in more anti-Israel Syrians? Even ‘secular’ Israeli Jews aren’t taken in by the American Reform leaders.

    • Herb Finkelstein

      Support for refugees does not make one “anti-Israel.”

      Also, when you paint with a broad brush and implying that all Syrian refugees are “anti-Israel” you are as bad as any anti-semite who makes sweeping generalizations about Jews. SHAME ON YOU!

    • Kevin M

      What is the Union for Reform Judaism?