Thursday, February 10, 2005

Anti-Zionist criminal rabbi given refugee status in Canada

This week, the Federal Court of Canada upheld a ruling giving refugee status to anti-Zionist Rabbi Erez Shlomo Elbarnes, a convicted criminal and leader of what is, by all accounts, a strange cult, because he claimed his life would be in danger (-- from no less than Israel's own intelligence services who, he claims, might be plotting a 'targetted assassination' against him) if he were deported back to his native Israel.
According to the judge,

Elbarnes advocates the end of Israel as an independent country and turning the land over to the Arabs, he would likely not enjoy protection by the Israeli government because his ideas could be viewed as dangerous.
“...[T]he evidence revealed that [Elbarnes] believes and teaches that the existence of the State of Israel is an insult to the teachings of the Torah; that the State must cease to exist because it should not have become a nation before the coming of the Messiah; that Arab domination of the land must be accepted by the Jews and that they must leave Israel or perish,” Beaudry wrote. “Given the state relation with Arabic citizens and given the fact that [Elbarnes] preached that the Arab domination must be accepted, I understand why the [Immigration and Refugee Board] concluded that state protection would not be available.”
Regardless of Elbarnes' experience in Israel in the 1980s, which I know little about, it is a slander to imply that Israel does not defend (or even worse, targets) its dissidents and anti-Zionists. If Israel were to target Orthodox anti-Zionists, half of Jerusalem and most of Bnai Braq would be on the list. I rather suspect -- although again, I do not know the details -- that whatever violence Elbarnes was involved in in Israel two decades ago (supposedly with 'settler vigilantes') was probably the result of intra-haredi arguments in which he has been embroiled in North America as well. This is quite different to 'persecution.'
More importantly, the ruling is yet another demonstration of just how perverted and outrageous Canadian policy on refugees and asylum-seekers has become. In recent years the gates have been flung wide open to hardened criminals and most importantly, viscious terrorists affiliated with al Qaida, who are impossible to get rid of once they're in. It sometimes seems that the only qualification to get into Canada is to be, in some way, undesirable. This problem, which stems from a completely misguided sense of 'tolerance,' is one of the most important issues facing the country today and should be of concern to anyone worried about criminal and terrorist elements finding a haven in North America. When it comes to deciding who gets to enter Canada, the True North has simply lost all sense.


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