TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Hundreds of Eritrean government supporters and opponents clashed with each other and with Israeli police Saturday, leaving dozens injured in one of the most violent street confrontations among African asylum seekers and migrants in Tel Aviv in recent memory.
Among those hurt were 30 police officers and three protesters hit by police fire.
Eritreans from both sides faced off with construction lumber, pieces of metal, rocks and at least one axe, tearing through a neighborhood of south Tel Aviv where many asylum seekers live. Protesters smashed shop windows and police cars, and blood was seen on sidewalks. One government supporter was lying in a puddle of blood in a children’s playground.
Israeli police in riot gear shot tear gas, stun grenades and live rounds while officers on horseback tried to control the protesters, who broke through barricades and hurled chunks rocks at the police. Police said officers resorted to live fire when they felt their lives were in danger.
What VOA news calls asylum seekers are illegal Eritrean migrants who infiltrated into Israel against the wishes of the government but are protected from expulsion by the Judicial Activist courts of Israel.
This point will be returned to at the end of this article.
What Does Jewish Morality Demand?
Some Rabbis will admit that according to the strict letter of Biblical law it is an outright obligation to expel these illegal migrants. Other enemies of Hashem should be added to the expulsion list but vilnagaon.org decided to pick an issue where there is more consensus to talk about. One objection that religious liberals raise to “They must go“, is yes, it is indeed a Biblical commandment, but in order to look good in the eyes of the Gentiles in order to fulfill our role of being a light unto the nations, we have to give up on fulfilling this commandment for the greater good.
Rebuttal: If you look at the 613 commandments of the Torah from the perspective of western secularists, more than half of the commandments violate their values and it can’t be that Hashem would give his approval to throwing out half the Torah just to please them. And even if one tried doing so, it really wouldn’t gain their love, because the Gentiles would rightly see it as pandering and not real truth.
Indeed King Solomon (Shlomo) tried the approach of getting rid of Biblical commandments to “win” converts (Korban Ha-Eida on Rabbi Yosi’s view, Yerushalmi, Sanhedrin 2:6). He married many foreign women above the limit allowed to a king and he married an Egyptian wife (Malbim to Kings 11:1) that caused all sorts of problems. According to the Talmud Bavli, Sanhedrin 101b Shlomo made it more difficult for Temple pilgrims to enter the city in order to benefit his Egyptian wife, the daughter of Pharaoh and this was one of the initial reasons that led Yarovom son of Nevat to rebel.
Shlomo’s excessive taxation against the wishes of the Torah (Vayikra Raba, Margaliot edition 19:2) also fueled the fires of rebellion (see the Book of Kings, chapter 12).
Not only did Shlomo fail to achieve his long-term goals, but worse than this, his sins set into motion the events that would lead to the loss of the ten tribes of Israel from remaining faithful to Hashem.
Avraham (Abraham) Was Faced with Ten Tests – Some of These Tests Demanded Putting His “Outreach Activities” in Danger in Order to Obey Hashem’s Commands. Avraham Passed His Tests.
We too, must choose obedience to Hashem when there is a conflict between obedience to Hashem and outreach.
Being thrown into a furnace because of his belief in a single G-d;
Leaving his birthplace, his country and his father’s house,
Famine in the land of Canaan and being forced to leave it;
The oppression of Pharaoh by taking Sarah away from Abraham,
The oppression of Avimelech by taking Sarah away from Abraham,
The war against the militarily superior 4 kings to save Lot (his nephew),
Taking Hagar in the hope of generating a son,
Circumcision in a very old age of 99,
Expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael that was bad in the eyes of Abraham,
Akeidat [binding of] Yitzchak to be scarified on mount Moriah.
Conclusion it is our job to observe the commandments even when politically incorrect. If we are involved in outreach at all it is only when no commandments are harmed in the process.
Currently, we have a pragmatic problem that interferes with a “They must go”, solution!
Currently the “Deep State” in Israel and in particular the Judicial Activist Supreme Court will not allow Israel to implement a solution based on “They must go”. Not because they care about so-called “Human Rights”. After all they had no objection to applying “They must go” to the Jews of Gush Katif despite the fact that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had won a landslide election victory promising to help all Jewish settlements in Gaza and changed his mind under blackmail when he had to choose between betraying Gush Katif or going to jail on corruption charges.
Rather the members of the “Deep State” believe they will lose permanent political and cultural control of Israel (because of the birth rate of religious Jews) unless they take actions to dilute the Jewish population or make the population less religious. The Oslo accords are one of their tricks. The grandfather clause, in the law of return (giving legal immigration rights to Non-Jews with a Jewish grandfather) is another trick. A third trick is flooding Israel with Illegal migrants from Africa. A fourth trick is forcing draftees to the army to listen to LGBT propaganda lectures. Other examples could be added to this list, but this is enough.
The leaders of the “Deep State” are willing to break all the rules of basic morality if they can “get away with it” to stop the religious and the national camp that is sympathetic to Judaism, from winning. See for example: