Many refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan have trekked across the African continent, through the Sinai Peninsula, and finally into Israel. These refugees are dying because of the violence that is occurring in Darfur and the disease, hunger, and drought in the refugee camps. Once these refugees reach Israel they have technically illegally crossed the border, but can Israel just turn them away?
This is a very divisive issue in Israel for many reasons. The Jews were once turned away from lands, like the United States, when seeking refuge from persecution. Since the Jews went through a similar situation of being turned away can Israel now turn away Sudanese refugees? But, many people argue that Israel still has many internal issues, still has to protect themselves from the Arab nations around them, and that these people have illegally come into Israel. One problem many people see is the massive influx of refugees because there will be a shortage of money, housing, jobs, and other necessary items. The Israeli government and its citizens may not be able to support such a large number of refugees. But, as a start to solving this problem the Israeli government has started to work with the United Nations by setting a quota. Also, the refugees that are already in Israel are being given jobs and places to live, especially in Eilat.
Personally, I feel that Israel is a country based on great morals; that is something Israel prides itself on. I feel that the right thing to do is to provide these refugees with a safe haven, food, water, and shelter, all of which they were lacking back in Darfur. Even though this is a somewhat lofty expectation of Israel, she always rises to the challenge. I don’t see why this challenge should be any different than all of the others Israel has faced throughout its 60 years of existence.
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