As the ABC (itself obviously biased towards so-called asylum seekers, as news bulletin after news bulletin, both before and after Kevin Rudd's opportunistic "get tough" policy was announced in the lead-up to the imminent federal election, has made abundantly clear) explained in a recent Lateline programme that trotted out two no doubt well-meaning Jewish opponents of Magid's position:
'An article by the publisher of Australia's major Jewish newspaper has sparked fierce debate in the Jewish community about refugee policy.
In a piece titled Curb Your Compassion, Robert Magid argued that the Holocaust experience was generating misplaced sympathy among Jews towards asylum seekers....
He was accused of stoking anti-Muslim sentiment when he warned of an increase of Islamic extremism in Australia if authorities couldn't verify the identities of asylum seekers arriving by boat. He also warned Jews should curb their enthusiasm for supporting boat people.'Magid (himself the son of immigrant parents, the much-admired and well-remembered philanthropists Isadore and Ira Magid) told Lateline:
'.... Nothing I've said had anything to do with racial hatred. Last thing I would be accused of if anyone knows me is of racial hatred....
What's happened is the whole thing is skewed because we see images of people on boats fearing to be drowned and we feel compassion towards them but we don't see the people who are waiting many years and who are eligible to come but are prevented from coming as a result of the queue jumping. ...
To bring that [Holocaust] analogy to the situation of people who pay smugglers rather than wait for their turn to be accepted as refugees is not the kind of compassion that I support.'He's reasonably observed:
“It’s not a question of who’s more compassionate. The Jews who had the gas chambers behind them would have gone to any country. I feel a hell of a lot more sympathy for people starving in Darfur.
These are the people who should have first priority, not people who have the money and cunning to jump the queue.”What's so heinous about that?
And he's warned:
"If al-Qaida or another jihad organization wished to create a network of terrorists in Australia, undocumented illegal immigration would ensure the Australian authorities had no way of verifying their bona fides."Again, what's so heinous about that?
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