Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mixed Messages on Syrian Migrants

One for Europe:

"The attitude toward migrants in many parts of Europe has also soured further in recent months over concerns about how to integrate newcomers and the revelations that some terrorists were able to sneak into Europe with legitimate asylum seekers.

Underlining those fears, Frontex, the bloc’s border agency, said Wednesday that two of the terrorists who carried out the Paris attacks in November had used fake Syrian papers on the Greek island of Leros before traveling to other parts of Europe.

The episode highlights “the growing threat from foreign terrorist fighters,” and it is “a dreadful reminder that border management also has an important security component,” Fabrice Leggeri, executive director of Frontex, wrote in an annual report.

In a section of the report on Syria, Frontex wrote that a “staggering number” of citizens of EU countries had joined the conflict there as jihadists. “Islamist extremists will exploit irregular migration flows whenever such movements fit their plans,” it said.... 

What plans plans would those be?



European leaders pledge to take in more migrants

That's going to make things tough on the island:

Britain’s MI5 chief makes a rare public plea 

They need broader legal powers to deal with advances in technologies and what he described as a more diffuse and serious terrorist threat [that is] giving terrorists a great advantage. 

Now unlock that phone!

EU officials seek unity, action on migrants" by Steven Erlanger New York Times  August 31, 2015

Gee, my printed copy was a simple Associated Press byline that has effectively been scrubbed from the web."

EU must take unified approach to migrant crisis

They did -- in a way.

EU leader urges member nations to accept 160,000 migrants

I'll bet the editorial Globe could fix things.

Grueling weather and confusion add to migrants’ woes

In migrants crisis, a chance to revitalize Europe’s economy

That mean an plan is being implemented. It's an opportunity.

‘‘We know migration is inevitable. It’s necessary and it’s desirable.’’

What more need be $aid?

Border closings mean migrant journeys get more chaotic

EU ministers approve plan to redistribute migrants

It's all over the front page and deserving of a series.

Opposition to refugee quotas softens in Europe’s old communist bloc

Perhaps there is a silver lining after all.

European nations step up efforts to ease passage of migrants

Then it was off the front page, and the last of the series.

Cold is new challenge for migrants on long trek to Europe

"Dead migrants float belly-up, stripped of their clothing by churning seas. On shore, wailing women search for loved ones among the shivering, wide-eyed survivors. A rescuer tries to revive a toddler who lies unconscious in her sodden striped sweater. The scenes bring home a sobering reality: While the flow of migrants into Europe tends to abate as winter nears, colder weather doesn’t bring end to flow of migrants."

EU seeks to improve ways of handling migrant crisis

EU vows to boost migrant reception sites

"Influx of migrants intensifies in Europe, October sets record with the unprecedented flood of people fleeing countries including Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan."

Now waving a baby at us so you know this narrative is now operating on credit:

EU opens first fast-track center to screen migrants

Thousands are camping in a tent city that has sprung up around the police registration center chosen for the pilot program.

Flow of migrants to Europe unabated as fighting surges

EU predicts 3 million migrants could arrive by end 2016

What are they going to do just take them back?

"The gathering of European Union and African leaders quickly became overshadowed by fears that one of Europe’s prized benefits — the ease of travel through its Schengen passport-free area — was unravelling. “Saving Schengen is a race against time,” EU Council President Donald Tusk warned."

Every day is at the blog.

EU pushes to take over border security at migrant pressure points

You will have an EU whether you want it or not.

Sovereignty fears cloud EU border guard plan

But the women and children

How could anyone be so mean?

"Ideas that were touted as answers to the crisis last year have either failed or remain stuck in limbo.

I think that IS the PLAN! 

Continental unity lies in tatters, with countries striking out to forge their own solutions — often involving a razor-wire fence

Not part of the plan, but conjure up such imagery and sympathy -- unless you are Palestinian. I'm anxiously awaiting those articles in my paper.

And even the nations that have been the most welcoming toward refugees say they are desperately close to their breaking point, or are already well past it. The result, analysts say, is a continent fundamentally unequipped to handle the predictable resurgence of a crisis that is greater than any Europe has faced in its post-Cold War history."

Then it's time for a summit -- even if it is nothing but squabbling.

With EU borders closing, it’s a boom time for smugglers

Well, we $orta know who they are working for and why NATO ships can't stop 'em, huh?

In Europe, a needed, but half-done, deal on migrants

Globe approves.

EU leader sends economic Migrants a blunt warning: Don’t come

Everyone is getting mixed messages from mouthpiece media!

European migrant crisis prompts protests; leaders seek unity

Migrants defy rain, rivers, and Europe’s border closures

There must be a solution:

"NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the number of migrants crossing the Aegean Sea into Europe is ‘‘significantly down,’’ one day after news emerged that as many as 500 of them may have drowned last week in the sea between Libya and Italy. Stoltenberg, speaking at a joint news conference in Ankrara, Turkey, with Mevlut Cavusoglu, that country’s foreign minister, said international coordination had helped push the numbers down, but human smugglers can easily change routes and tactics."

Yeah, if all else fails just lie.

"Last year, more than 1 millions migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean. They were mostly fleeing the wars in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, using Turkey as a launching pad to Greece and then deeper into Europe, but if true, the toll would make the incident one of the worst tragedies involving refugees and migrants over the last year."

Fleeing Obama's wars.

May the dead rest in peace.


It's another message for Americans (until the nuclear false flag committed by ISIS infiltrators):

"First Syrians leave for US under surge resettlement program" by Khetam Malkawi Associated Press  April 06, 2016

AMMAN, Jordan — The first Syrian family to be resettled in the United States under a ‘‘surge operation’’ for refugees left Jordan on Wednesday for Kansas City, Mo., to start a new life.

Ahmad al-Abboud, who is being resettled with his wife and five children, said he is thankful to Jordan, where he has lived for three years after fleeing Syria’s civil war. But the 45-year-old from Homs, Syria, said he was ready to build a better life in Missouri.

I'm sure it will be considering what you are coming from, but this is another cost they never tell you about when they start and push their wars based on lies.

‘‘I’m happy. America is the country of freedom and democracy, there are jobs, opportunities, there is good education, and we are looking forward to having a good life over there,’’ Abboud said.

You were told wrong (unless you are in or under the care of the elite).

They have been living in Mafraq, north of Amman. Abboud was unable to find work, and the family was surviving on food coupons.

Welcome to AmeriKa! 

This as the Congre$$ cut food stamps last term as they shoved through a $700 billion tax gift to corporations before adjourning for Christmas.

‘‘I am ready to integrate in the US and start a new life,’’ he said in Amman’s airport before the family boarded a flight to Kansas City.

Abboud said he wanted to learn English and find a job to support his family.

Or two or three. 

Since October, 1,000 Syrian refugees have moved to the United States from Jordan. President Obama has set a target of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees by Sept. 30.

A resettlement center opened in Amman in February to help meet that goal, and about 600 people are interviewed every day at the center.

The temporary processing center will run until April 28, said US Ambassador Alice Wells, who was at the airport to see the Abboud family depart.

Gina Kassem, the regional refugee coordinator at the US Embassy in Amman, said that while the target of 10,000 applies to Syrian refugees living around the world, most will be resettled from Jordan.

‘‘The 10,000 [figure] is a floor and not a ceiling, and it is possible to increase the number,’’ Kassem told reporters.

How many do you think we can absorb?

While the resettlement process usually takes 18 to 24 months, the surge operation will reduce the time to three months, Kassem said.

Gee, I sure hope this government is on top of things and doesn't let some terrorists slip through like in Europe. 

Of course, given their track record why should there be concern?

The UN Refugee Agency prioritizes the most vulnerable cases for resettlement, and refers them to the United States to review, Kassem said. Priority is given to high-risk groups such as unaccompanied minors and victims of torture and gender-based violence, she said....

Then why would they feel safe coming to AmeriKa? 

Because the cops kill you before it reaches that stage?


Once you get here you can take pleasure in the fruits of freedom known as politics:

"Carly Fiorina, John Kasich split on US role in crisis" by the Associated Press   September 07, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Sunday the United States shouldn’t open its doors any wider to welcome Syrian refugees streaming into Europe.

How many delegates she have?

The former technology executive, citing concerns about terrorism in explaining her position during an appearance on CBS’s ‘‘Face the Nation,’’ said the United States, ‘‘sadly, cannot relax our entrance criteria.’’

An estimated 4 million refugees have fled Syria since 2011. The United States has accepted about 1,000 Syrians this year among 70,000 refugees from across the world.

Some have called on the United States to expand its refugee program.

General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described the situation as ‘‘a shared responsibility among the civilized nation states of the world,’’ in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC’s ‘‘This Week.’’

I don't feel that way because I objected to the policies that created this very mess.

Yet Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, said the United States should be ‘‘very careful about who we let enter this country from these war-torn regions to ensure that terrorists are not coming here.’’

Especially after the FBI said they can't keep track of them once they get here (what, does the CIA block 'em?), or puts them to work like they did the Tsarnaevs and other threatened and extorted patsies.

Governor John Kasich of Ohio, another GOP presidential candidate, suggested there was room for the United States to play a bigger role.

He's still in it, and how he wins the Republican nomination with such a stance is in question.

‘‘I think we do have a responsibility in terms of taking some more folks in — making sure they assimilate, and at the same time, helping people to actually be safe as they move — that’s logistical support,’’ he told ABC. ‘‘But this is fundamentally an issue that Europe has to come to grips with.’’

Fine. Put up as many as you want at your house.

The influx of immigrants entering the United States illegally has eased recently, but the political rhetoric is red-hot.


"The reality is that the former communist states have been sluggish in absorbing many of these values and practicing them. Oligarchs, cronyism, and corruption remain a part of daily life in many of the countries, press freedom is in decline while rising nationalism, and populist political movements have stirred anti-immigrant tensions."

That's the pre$$ narrative anyway.

Donald Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, is calling for mass deportation of millions of immigrants living in the country without legal permission, and some of his rivals have joined in proposing to stop granting citizenship to children born to such immigrants and to wall off the US-Mexico border. 

Yeah, I know, everything is that fraud's fault.


Let's get you set up in your new home:

US to give UN $26.6 million to help with migrant crisis


It's a crisis they caused and now the $et-upon US taxpayer has to pay.

What's next, free college for all of them?

"Terror-related arrests in 2 states refuel refugee debate" by Don Thompson Associated Press  January 08, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— A man in California encouraged a fellow Iraqi refugee in Texas to join the civil war against the Syrian government and promised to teach him how to fight, federal authorities said Friday, a day after terrorism charges against the men were revealed.

A criminal complaint filed against 23-year-old Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab of Sacramento details the social media communication he had with 24-year-old Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan of Houston.

Both are Iraqi-born Palestinians who came to the United States as refugees. There was no evidence either man intended or planned attacks in the United States. The arrests, which came a little more than a month after an attack in San Bernardino, California, killed 14, brought new life to a debate over whether the United States is doing enough to screen refugees.

Better take a second look then.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas called for a retroactive review of all refugees who have come to the U.S. to examine ‘‘all of the evidence that might indicate whether these individuals have ties to radical Islamic terrorists.’’

He wants to patrol and secure Muslim communities.

U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said the arrests ‘‘should cause President Obama to hit pause on his na├»ve plan to usher in thousands of refugees from Iraq and Syria over the coming year.’’

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the screening of refugees is rigorous and thorough....

Related: Disclosure: Another 41 Foreign-Born Individuals Snagged On Terror Charges

"The only reason for the Obama administration is stonewalling on the records of these people, most probably, is that they are US assets, tasked with making the American people frightened that terrorists are going to strike us here at home any second. And folks, if a massive terror attack DOES happen on American soil, it will mean that every agency responsible for keeping this country safe, like TSA, NSA, DHS CIA, ICE, and FBI are utterly impotent, should be collectively fired, immediately, en masse." --

Remember the blind sheik who was allegedly the master mind of the 1993 WTC bombing? 

He got in on a CIA waiver, and to push the thing to the limit, there was the Tsarnaev brothers who were got the same things from the FBI.


There was a lot more there, but it was nothing but narrative supporting propaganda. 

Time to tighten up the rules:

"US tightens visa rules for some European visitors" by Ron Nixon New York Times  January 22, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration Thursday revealed changes to a visa-waiver program that will make it harder for travelers to enter the United States from Europe if they have dual citizenship from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria, or have visited one of those countries in the past five years.

Those travelers will now have to go through the more-rigorous regular visa application process to enter the country.

The Department of Homeland Security, which announced the changes, said they would take place immediately.

The administration’s plan would provide limited exemptions for individuals who have to travel to any of the four countries as diplomats or for military service. Additional exemptions could be applied for humanitarian reasons or for journalists.

Or for favored agents and assets.

The changes to the visa-waiver program come after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 that killed 130 people and injured 368.

Been over all that.

Because the attackers were all European citizens, some lawmakers and counterterrorism officials feared that terrorists could exploit the visa waiver program and travel to the United States to commit similar attacks.

Many members of Congress also worried that some of the travelers who could pose a security threat might overstay their visits. Two of the Sept. 11 hijackers, Satam al-Suqami and Nawaf Alhazmi, overstayed their visas....

Now they are waving 9/11 at you!


Those who had nothing to do with it:

"Rocky resettlement in Mass. for Iraqi refugees" by Steven A. Rosenberg Globe Staff  April 22, 2016

SAUGUS — It is a far cry from Iraq, where they once owned a home and didn’t need a handout from the state.

“I thought America was going to be paradise,” Ahmed Rubaye said.

Whoever gave you that idea?

Instead, since coming to Massachusetts nearly two years ago, the family has bounced from Lowell to Leominster to this motel room in Saugus, which has made it difficult for Rubaye to find steady work and forced the children to shuttle from one new school to another.

And look what is right next door.

The family is among the 4,576 Iraqi refugees who have settled in Massachusetts since the 2003 US invasion, and many are foundering in their quest to assimilate, specialists say.

Like refugees from other countries, they receive limited federal and state financial assistance and are expected to find housing and work, and learn English almost immediately upon arrival. But a combination of traumas many Iraqis have suffered and are still processing — witnessing atrocities or being victims of violence themselves — has made it particularly trying for them. And very large families like the Rubayes may face additional challenges finding suitable housing.

That I am sorry for, my profuse apologies. My lying, mass-murdering, war-criminal government destroyed your lives. That's why I protested against them doing it. 

Beyond that, here is another hidden cost to American citizens and taxpayers of the wars.

Dr. Sondra Crosby, director of Boston Medical Center’s Immigrant & Refugee Health Program, said a combination of such factors has caused some Iraqi refugees to struggle.

“I find it appalling that this family is living in a motel. And they’re not the first,” Crosby said. “The Iraqis are a group that also come with a huge burden of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and they really need to be resettled in a safe environment, with access to medical and mental health care and to be embraced by the community.”

They can join the homeless vets who once fought them and are now neglected by those that sent them there over lies.

At 42, Rubaye is broad-shouldered, fit, and used to working with his hands. In Iraq he was a welder and a taxi driver, and he believes that an understanding of the street saved his life many times.

Back in Baghdad, he drove with three different ID cards, and, depending on the militia checkpoint, he would present himself as a Sunni Muslim, Shi’ite Muslim, or Christian.

Rubaye described the dark side of refugee life — a journey that began in 2013 when his family slipped over the Turkish border and waited to hear about their US refugee application. Although all of his story could not be confirmed, friends and family backed up key details.

In 2014, he said, they arrived in Lowell and were allotted around $10,000 from the government to begin their new lives. For a few months, things looked bright: They settled into an apartment, and Rubaye found work in plastic and clothing factories. They bought a minivan, and the children enrolled in school and started to learn English.

Found two jobs, huh?

“Then, more problems,” Rubaye said in Arabic on a recent day, as a friend translated.

In Lowell, his son Abdul Wahab, who is now 11, began having epileptic seizures. Another son, Taha, 13, was diagnosed with diabetes, he said. And his wife, Abeer, who also suffers from epilepsy, became increasingly isolated in a new country.

Rubaye shuttled his sick boys to doctor’s appointments and lost his job. And, after a year, the family ran out of money and lost their apartment, he said.

At least the bank didn't fraudulently foreclose on your home.

The state Department of Transitional Assistance, which pays for homeless families with school-aged children to live in motels, found them a place at a Days Inn in Leominster. The family was split into two rooms, and the kids went off to a new school district.

But six months later, in February 2016, Rubaye said, he learned that his family had to uproot again.

His children returned from school that afternoon to find their belongings in a dozen trash bags next to their minivan. They were told to drive to a new motel in a place they had never heard of: Saugus.

There, just yards away from the constant hum of Route 1 traffic, the nine were assigned two small, yellow-paneled rooms. In the parents’ room, 7-year-old twins Abdullah and Fatimah sleep with their mother, Abeer; Abdul Wahab is in another bed, while, Rubaye finds a place on the floor. In the other room, the oldest boys, Mohammed, 17, Mustafa, 16, and the twins Taha and Yaseen sleep in two beds.

The stresses have mounted. Two weeks after moving to Saugus, a member of the family attempted suicide, Rubaye said. There was a prolonged hospitalization that brought further despair, and a realization that the family was far from settled in their new country.

“We all get very sad,” Rubaye said in soft voice, and then he began to cry.

Isn't that an unpardonable weakness for a Muslim man?

At least you have the Jewish War Pre$$ taking up your cause. 

You know, that one that blasted all the Bush lies from its front pages.

Refugee families depend on the federal government to help once they arrive.

They ARE responsible!

To assist them, the State Department contracts with nonprofits to help families find an apartment, sign up for health care, enroll in ESL classes, obtain food stamps, and look for employment opportunities.



But the organizations are only required to provide guidance for three months, and refugees who need more help must turn to state programs and case managers for other benefits such as welfare.

After we have been told they won't get that. 

Not that it is the lottery, mind you. It's the whole principle of the thing regarding disingenuous government.

Samantha Kaufman, a spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, declined to comment on the Rubayes’ plight. “We can’t release any personal information about individuals and families,” she wrote in an e-mail.


They can collect all our data and spy on us all but can't comment on the bad publicity and awkwardness of the article.

Dr. Richard Mollica, director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, called for increased refugee benefits from the government.

Maybe you could tap the world's largest endowment instead?

“If you have a medical problem or a mental health problem or you’re a survivor of torture, the probability that you’re going to make it to independent living after eight or nine months is probably nil,” Mollica said.

It's like the last 15 years have happened in a vacuum. 

Maybe would have been best to not the start the damn things in the first place, huh?

Currently, the biggest allotment of financial aid for refugees is a one-time federal payment of $2,025 for each family member.

That's how much your lives are worth -- and that's before others here start taking their cut (makes you feel right at home, doesn't it?).

Some families pool those funds for rent and clothing, but at least $900 of each allowance goes to pay administrative costs to such resettlement agencies as the International Institute of New England, which was assigned to the family originally for three months, according to Rubaye. The International Institute did not respond to queries about resettling refugees.

Mohammed, 17, and Mustafa, 16, the family’s oldest sons, enrolled at Saugus High School in February. They have made some friends but still haven’t been able to master English.

“These are two great, great kids facing a very difficult situation,” said Seth Minkoff, a teacher, who called the boys “amazingly resilient.”

Mustafa wants to attend college but doesn’t dwell too much on the future.

There may not even be one the way the psychopaths ruling this planet are going -- not for you and me anyway.

Despite living in a motel for the last eight months and attending three different school districts, he prefers America to the war zone he grew up in.

Who wouldn't? That place has been smashed, its infrastructure and social services destroyed and never rebuilt. That's what provided Obama cover to go over and scold the Saudis about oil production hurting US banks and energy producers.

“I like that there is law and order, because there is none in Iraq,” he said. 

Just pray to Allah you never get stopped by police.

Recently the family received a rent voucher from the state that would pay $2,200 a month to subsidize a market-rate apartment for nine people. Obtaining a subsidized public housing unit is not an option, since the waiting list is long and the process typically takes years.

Not as long as the one with Palestinians on it.

Last Saturday, Rubaye drove over to Chelsea to see a five-bedroom apartment. “I waited and waited,” Rubaye said.

An hour later, no one had showed up, so Rubaye drove back to his motel room and broke the news to his wife. Later that night, they did not discuss the apartment, as the family sat in their cramped dinner circle on the motel room floor.


Have you seen their new neighbors yet?

Also see:

Syrian mother tells of terrifying flight to safety

A lucky refugee in Lynn

Local aid groups respond to Europe refugee crisis

I'll give you one guess jwho.

‘New Boston’ sprang from the 1965 immigration act

A little-known law that radically changed America

How ‘ums’ and ‘ers’ are changing Bostonian Spanish

Maybe you Muslims could have a quarter all your own. 

The new JewrUSAlem?

From suffering in Syria to safety in Conn.

Not for long:

"Opponents and supporters of plans to accept Syrian refugees into the United States held dueling but peaceful rallies Saturday in Hartford. Supporters gathered at the state Capitol, gave speeches and held signs, including ones saying ‘‘Fight racism, Islamophobia and imperialism!’’ Opponents gathered near the Capitol before a planned march to the Governor’s Residence. State Capitol police said both events were peaceful (AP)."

That didn't make the front page.

Kerry says more migrants will be welcomed into US

Congre$$ is all for it, too.

Obama administration vows to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees in next year

US to increase cap on refugees by 30,000 over next two years

In the migrant crisis, America must do more

There is a special place in hell for those who say no.

Asians expected to be top group of immigrants in US by 2055


Where they won't be going:

"Israeli leader rejects calls to accept Syrian refugees" by Globe wire services   September 07, 2015

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected calls Sunday from opposition politicians for Israel to accept refugees from Syria, saying Israel was “a very small country that lacks demographic and geographic depth.”

Netanyahu also said plans to construct a fence along the eastern border with Jordan would go ahead. Israel already built fences along its border with Egypt to stop African migrants and in the Golan Heights bordering Syria.

They are the only ones who are allowed to do that, and then they claim to be the only democracy, blah, blah, blah. 

Are they razor wire?

The Israeli news media has been dominated in recent days by dramatic reports and images of the migrant crisis enveloping Europe, and the plight of those fleeing the civil war in Syria.

They have their own to worry about: they are called Palestinians.

Isaac Herzog, leader of the center-left Labor Party and head of the opposition, stirred a heated national debate after he said Saturday that “Jews cannot remain indifferent when hundreds of thousands of refugees are seeking safe harbor.”

“Our people experienced firsthand the silence of the world,” Herzog added, alluding to the Holocaust.

Austrian police said more than 13,000 migrants have passed through their country to Germany over the past two days, far more than expected.

Israel, a state of about 8 million people that was largely founded by refugees, has long been torn between the humanitarian demands of taking in non-Jews in need and its fears about maintaining its Jewish character and security."

That's the polite way of describing the supremacist apartheid state of Israel.

At least they are with you Christians:

"Christians protest Israeli school cuts" Associated Press  September 07, 2015

JERUSALEM — About 2,500 striking demonstrators gathered Sunday outside the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem to protest against the slashing of funds for Christian schools, police said.

Christian school administrators accuse Israel of cutting their funding as a tactic to pressure them to join the Israeli public school system, a move they say would interfere with the schools’ Christian values and high academic achievements.

The vast majority of Israel’s Christians are of Arab descent, and Arab lawmakers joined students, parents, and principals at Sunday’s demonstration, waving flags and holding banners with slogans such as ‘‘Christian schools are not for sale.’’

Yeah, not all Arabs are Muslim, idiot Amerikans.

Some 33,000 students in 47 schools have been on strike since the school year began on Sept. 1. Protesters complain that Israel continues to fully fund large private school networks that cater to ultra-Orthodox Jews while it slashes the Christians’ budget. 

Those protesters must be anti-semitic for complaining about Zionist extremism. 

Wait, they are semites so....

‘‘This is discrimination, and you know we pay all our dues and as citizens of this country, we are law-obeying citizens and we deserve equal rights,’’ said Ibrahim Fakhouri, a parent from the Arab city of Nazareth.

Christians make up a small part of Israel’s 20 percent Arab minority. In the birthplace of Christianity, Christians are less than 2 percent of the population of Israel and the Palestinian territories. 

The way I see it he belongs to all of us.


My (former) flock:

"The Vatican will shelter two families of migrants, who are ‘‘fleeing death’’ from war or hunger, Pope Francis said Sunday as he called on Catholic facilities across Europe to do the same. Francis cited Mother Teresa, who cared for India’s poor, in appealing to pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter’s Square. ‘‘The Gospel calls us to be neighbors to the smallest and most abandoned, to give them concrete hope,’’ Francis said. It’s not enough to say ‘‘Have courage, hang in there,’’ he added. ‘‘May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary in Europe host a family,’’ Francis said." 

No synagogues, apparently.

Trial wraps up in fight for oldest US synagogue, $7.4m bells

Rarely read or saw anything about it. 

Imagine if it had been the call of a Muslim minaret.

Cambridge synagogue pledges to open arms to refugees

Just in time for Seder.


Migrating Through Greece
Migrating Through Spain
Migrating Through the Balkans
Migrating Through Germany
Migrating Through France
Migrating Through Scandinavia 

That's the end of the road in Europe.

Our own migrant crisis is still here 

A refugee in an American maze

I don't care what you call 'em, she's gone, and I'm lost.