The Washington Times - June 1, 2010, 06:59PM

 

It is amazing how unfolding events between Israel and its enemies show an analogous connection to open border activists protesting in Arizona. Both illustrate how opponents of liberty manage to deceptively cloak themselves as saviors to those they claim are oppressed. 

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Borders only count to those on the left when Marxist regimes who, in fact, hurt their own people, are doing the enforcing…no matter how brutal the enforcement. However, democratic nations providing rights and freedoms to even those who are not citizens are attacked by the left for establishing and enforcing their own border laws.

Israel remains the whipping boy Middle Eastern nations continue to condemn on a regular basis, as a result of wanting to protect its borders and its citizens within those borders. 

According to a 2008 Harvard Kennedy School study, there is a strong support for coexistence efforts amongst a majority of Jewish and Arab citizens. In fact, the study found that “77% of Arab citizens would rather live in Israel than in any other country in the world,” yet the Jewish state is knocked by Arab nations for being an oppressive regime, nevertheless.

Last month, Arutz Sheva reported that Palestinian Authority Arabs in Gaza received tons of humanitarian aid through various crossings with Israel (h/t Anath Hartmann) :

Palestinian Authority Arabs in Gaza received 17,060 tons of humanitarian aid delivered by 714 trucks last week through the various crossings with Israel, according to the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

Among the goods that were transferred in to the region were:

* 76 truckloads of fruits and vegetables

* 91 truckloads of wheat

* 33 truckloads of meat, chicken and fish products

* 39 truckloads of dairy products

* 30 trucks of sugar

* 1 truckload of milk powder and baby food

* 26 truckloads of hygiene products

* 48 trucks of clothing and shoes

* 7 trucks of medicine and medical equipment

Unfortunately, Israel’s help toward Palestinians Authority Arabs is overlooked, as is the PA’s cruel treatment of religious minorities, like Arab Christians within the Palestinian territories. 

The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs describes some of the persecution Arab Christians must endure under the Palestinian Authority:

Palestinian Christians are perceived by many Muslims - as were Lebanon’s Christians - as a potential fifth column for Israel. In fact, at the start of the recent violence in 2000, Muslim Palestinians attacked Christians in Gaza, as confirmed by Fr. Raed Abusahlia, chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem.55

Anti-Christian graffiti is not uncommon in Bethlehem and neighboring Beit Sahur, proclaiming: “First the Saturday people (the Jews), then the Sunday people (the Christians).”56 The same has often been heard chanted during anti-Israel PLO/PA rallies. Accused of wearing “permissive” Western clothing, Bethlehem Christian women have been intimidated. Finally, rape and abduction of Christian women is also reported to have occurred frequently (especially in Beit Sahur), as was the case in Lebanon.57

Christian cemeteries have been defaced, monasteries have had their telephone lines cut, and there have been break-ins at convents.58

In July 1994, the Wall Street Journal reported that Palestinian Muslims would not sell land to Christians and that Christian facilities and clubs had been attacked by Muslim extremists. Christian graves, crosses, and statues had been desecrated; Christians had suffered physical abuse, beatings, and Molotov cocktail attacks.59

Continuing the Islamic tradition of Saladin - who constructed two mosques contiguous to and taller than the Church of the Holy Sepulcher - mosques have mushroomed adjacent to and usually taller than churches. Loudly amplified Muslim sermons have been aired during Christian services, including the Pope’s April 2000 address in Nazareth, which had to be halted until the Muslim call to prayer was concluded.60

Here in the United States, other groups with a similar leftist agenda of those on this weekend’s pro- Palestinian flotilla are sliming Arizona for simply wanting to protect its borders and the individuals who reside within them. 

In this case, opponents of Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law will cheer on Mexican President Felipe Calderon when he wrongly attacks Arizona for establishing a law that will lead to “racial discrimination,” but they continue to ignore Mexico’s harsh treatment of the country’s own illegal aliens. Instead, leftists will either protest U.S. immigration law outside of Arizona’s state capitol or in front of the U.S. embassy in Mexico. 

USA Today spoke to immigration activists within Mexico who fight against Mexico’s own draconian immigration laws:

“The Mexican government should probably clean up its own house before looking at someone else’s,” said Melissa Vertíz, spokeswoman for the Fray Matías de Córdova Human Rights Center in Tapachula, Mexico.

In one six-month period from September 2008 through February 2009, at least 9,758 migrants were kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico — 91 of them with the direct participation of Mexican police, a report by the National Human Rights Commission said. Other migrants are routinely stopped and shaken down for bribes, it said.

A separate survey conducted during one month in 2008 at 10 migrant shelters showed Mexican authorities were behind migrant attacks in 35 of 240 cases, or 15%.

Most migrants in Mexico are Central Americans who are simply passing through on their way to the United States, human rights groups say. Others are Guatemalans who live and work along Mexico’s southern border, mainly as farm workers, as maids, or in bars and restaurants.

In the United States, if federal immigration law is enforced, deportation is, in fact, a legal proceeding. Find Law describes the proceeding as:

Deportation (also called “removal”) occurs when the federal government formally removes an alien from the United States for violations of a number of immigration or criminal laws, described in more detail below. Once deported, an alien may lose the right to ever return to the United States, even as a visitor. 

Removal is a legal proceeding, and an alien who is subject to this procedure has legal rights prior to being removed from the country, including the right to challenge the removal itself on procedural or constitutional grounds. Following is a discussion of the removal process.

This proceeding is a far cry from what is currently described by opponents of SB 1070 who essentially are describing Mexico’s own immigration laws as opposed to America’s.

It is no surprise the same United Nations that condemned Arizona for establishing SB 1070 is the same international body condemning Israel today for defending itself this past weekend and on a daily basis. What else can we expect from a body of leftist nations who appease those who would want to see our country and our allies weaker in the end?