by Giulio Meotti
There is a wave of shameful and distorted comparisons between Donald Trump’s executive order, which temporarily prohibits citizens from seven majority Muslim countries —Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen — from entering the U.S., and the Holocaust, the Nazi extermination of six million Jews. Liberals are outraged by the U.S. order, which will protect the United States and freeze the visa mechanism to improve the vetting of would-be immigrants - for all of three months.
The Muslim world effectively and brazenly bans Israelis from entering its countries or even landing in transit. Why is that allowed?
There are the unbelievably hypocritical liberals denouncing the fate of “Iraqi Christians” who will be barred entry to the US now. Where have these liberals been - why didn't we hear them when the Islamic State exiled and raped and murdered these Christians? Where were these liberals when Barack Obama discriminated against these Eastern Christians by welcoming more and more Muslim “refugees” instead of them?
Iran and Iraq are taking revenge and now forbid Americans from travelling in their countries? Who wants to visit Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus, Tripoli, Mogadishu, Khartoum and Sanaa?
But beyond whatever one thinks about Trump’s measure, I have never heard the same liberal outrage for the fact that in Trump’s targeted group the countries of Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Sudan refuse entry to travelers holding passports or documents indicating that they have been in Israel. Israeli nationals are not permitted transit through these countries even if the traveler does not intend to leave the aircraft.
These Muslim countries, which today benefit from the world’s liberal compassion, target the citizens of only one state: the State of Israel. Isn’t that “racial harassment” and “religious discrimination?” Is it not worthy of a New York Times’ tirade, an Amnesty International report and a United Nations’ lamentation? No? The Muslim ban on Israeli citizens is not a three months’ executive order. It has lasted for 70 years.
Dear liberals, stop crying about “the new Anne Frank” in the Twittersphere and return to reality.
Giulio Meotti, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter and of "J'Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel" published by Mantua Books.. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary.
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