Israel’s treatment of non-Jewish refugees

The following early day motion was recently put forward in the British House of Commons:

That this House condemns the abysmally low proportion of non-Jewish, African asylum seekers who have been granted refugee status in Israel; notes with concern that less than one per cent of applications by African refugees are successful; further notes that Israel’s closest neighbours, Jordan and Lebanon, have each accepted millions of refugees fleeing Syria; commends the work of Hotline for Refugees and Migrants Israel, and the Assaf Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel in promoting African refugee rights in Israel; and calls on the Government to demand immediate action from the Israeli government to behave in line with international legal norms and obligations.

It’s not uncommon to see motions such as this one in the UK, what is significant here is the number of Scottish National Party (SNP) MPs who have signed it.

There are a total of 56 SNP MPs in the House of Commons, 17 of them signed this early day motion. They are joined on the list of signatories by Jeremy Corbyn, the man who (if polls can still be trusted) is the frontrunner to win the Labour leadership race.

If anything it’s an indicator of just how much of a tough time Israel is in for at the hands of the SNP over the next four years. As a party to the left of Labour, in fact as a party to the left of the left, the SNP will attack Israel whenever it has the opportunity.

The irony is that while they are attacking Israel over refugees and asylum seekers even while they are sitting at the head of a country doing all it can to prevent even European passport holders from being able to live and work in the UK. A country that throws asylum seekers into detention centres and then ensures they live in poverty when released. They sit at the head of a country that wouldn’t even consider allowing thousands of refugees (let alone tens of thousands) into its borders for any reason.

It’s this kind of blindness that ensures the left wing in the UK is currently incapable of winning an election. It’s why the people of Scotland will happily elect SNP candidates to represent them in London but refused to allow them to run their lives by voting in the Scottish referendum to remain in the United Kingdom.

About the Author
Marc Goldberg is the author of Beyond the Green Line, a story his service in the IDF fighting through the al Aqsa Intifada