Thursday, September 06, 2007


Israel's Minister for the Interior, Meir Sheetrit announced yesterday that his country intends to grant citizenship to several hundred Darfur refugees who are currently in the country.

According to the Minister, Israel cannot ignore the refugees' fate because of the history of the Jewish people.

"Just as Israel granted citizenship to refugees from Vietnam, the same ought to be done today," the minister said in Haaretz Newspaper. He disclosed that he has been working with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on a plan to determine, in coordination with the United Nations, a quota of refugees who would become naturalized Israeli citizens.

This is a very positive initiative and a victory for humanity. If you live in Australia however, it's unlikely you'll read about in any of your local newspapers so I thought I'd let you know about it!

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