Israel’s African migrant challenge: A new role for world Jewry

In this op-ed, Dov Maimon and I summarize the JPPI policy paper offering a solution to Israel's African migrant challenge, that balances Jewish values with Israel's interests, and involves Diaspora Jewry in implementing the solution. To read the article, click here.

An Integrated Jewish World Response to Israel’s Migrant Challenge

In this JPPI policy proposal, Dov Maimon and I examine Israel's challenge of what to do with 38,000 illegal African migrants - a dilemma between Jewish humanitarian values on the one hand and Israel’s raison d’etre as the nation state of the Jewish people on the other. We recommend that world Jewish decision makers should consider their first priority to be ensuring Israel’s capacity for future Jewish immigration given expected mass migration waves from distressed countries to the West.The decision regarding the illegal migrants creates a conflict. Mass deportation is perceived to contradict the ethos, legacy and tragic lessons of the Jewish experience. At the same time, their absorption cou

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