Inhumanity at the Top

It used to be the case that humans were inhuman to other humans. Now government has usurped that role.

In the United States, land of the once-free and home of the once-brave, President Trump has created a very inhumane act by separating hundreds of very young children from their illegal immigrant parents. The children are not being physically mistreated but they are emotionally harmed. No small child, innocent of any wrong-doing, should ever be separated from parents not knowing when they will see them again. The same feelings apply to the worried parents awaiting possible deportation.

In Israel, our government has copied the American inhumanity. Hundreds of Eritrean and Sudanese who entered Israel illegally seeking  political asylum from persecution in their respective countries, among them “refugees” who crossed the border from Egypt in search of better work and higher wages, are being locked up in our prisons.

But on the “good” side, they are not separated from their children. Our prisons lock up the children together with their parents. Like the separated children in America, the children with their parents in our prisons are very well treated, have playground activities, wholesome food, but have no freedom.

They ask their mothers “were we naughty? Did we do bad things? Why have they locked us up in prison?”

And the parents have no comforting answers to give them.  Because there simply are no answers.

If illegal immigrants are to be deported, let them be re-united with their children and return in safety to the lands from whence they came or to other safe countries which will harbor them.

That would be more humane than the manner in which they are now being treated here in Israel or in Trump’s USA.

In a different situation, Beduin who have lived in their tin shacks in the desert for more than 50 years, shacks built without legal permits because past governments refused to issue permits, are threatened with demolition of their “homes” and promised re-location to another spot near the garbage dumps.

The “official” reason for the demolition presented by an inhumane government is that the living space of the Beduin is too close to a highway which could be a “danger” to them.

What “danger”? They have been living there for 50 years without any “danger”.

The honest reason is because the government wants to give the land to a nearby Jewish settlement for expansion.

Our government is guilty of refusing permits or delaying issuing permits for years to Beduin and Arabs who want to improve their homes and living conditions.  We are, sadly, a government lacking conscience.

In 1951, when the Yemenite Jews first arrived in Israel with several young children, it was our inhumane government, supported by Prime Minister Ben-Gurion, who ordered that hundreds of young Yemenite children should be taken away from their parents.

Sickly children were hospitalized and hundreds died and were buried. Parents were never notified of the deaths of their children nor the places of their burials.  For the past 67 years they have been looking for their stolen children.

Additionally, hundreds of young Yemenite children were given to Ashkenazi families for adoption. Parents never knew and children never knew who or where their parents and children were.

Only a short time ago, sealed records were officially opened and hopeful Yemenite parents and children can search through them in hope of finding information that may lead to family re-unification.

The inhumanity of governments, in particular when children are involved, must be abolished under the law.

It is time for governments to  examine their hearts and to develop clean consciences.

Tzedek tzedek tirdof…. Righteousness, genuine righteousness, must be pursued.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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