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Karen Harradine: Trump’s migrant curb does not make him Hitler


Although clumsily implemented, Donald Trump’s recent executive order is not a ‘Muslim ban’. The order is a restriction of entry from seven majority Muslim countries– Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – out of 50 Islamic states.

These seven countries are among the biggest exporters of terrorism to the world. The over-reaction to the order is stupid and exaggerated. The comparison of Trump to Hitler and the order to Nazi legislation is also disingenuous. It diminishes the impact of the Holocaust and this is a form of denial. The Holocaust was state-sanctioned slaughter of millions of European Jews. Trump’s order is onerous and innocent people have been inconvenienced by it. But it is not genocidal.

One of the most ardent protestations is that the order is similar to travel restrictions inflicted by the Nazis on Jews. This legislation, called the Nuremberg Laws, stripped German Jews of their citizenship, jobs, rights and prosperity. Their travel within Nazi Germany was severely constrained. One obvious difference between the Nuremberg Laws and the order is that Trump is attempting to limit immigration from outside countries, and not movement within the US. The Nazis further sought to expel Jews from Germany. Trump has not expelled Muslim US citizens and any suggestion that this will happen is duplicitous.

Also included in this virtue-signalling fest is the bizarre accusation that the order mimics historical mistakes made by the US when it refused entry to Jews fleeing the Nazis. In 1939 German Jews sailed to Cuba but were denied entry. Appeals to the US also went unheeded. The US government blamed their long refugee waiting list. The passengers had no choice but to return to Europe.  Almost half did not survive the Holocaust.  There is no comparison to be made between those applying for contemporary US visas and Jews in mortal peril. These visa applicants have options to seek citizenship in a myriad of places, including other Muslim countries. My fellow Jews could only dream of such choices and were not potential terrorists seeking to wage war in their adopted countries. To create such equivalence is an obscenity.

The hysteria surrounding the order is so misplaced. This is a temporary ban while would-be immigrants and refugees are vetted. Recent events in Europe have shown how important it is to distinguish between refugees and economic migrants. Islamist terrorists have a habit of masquerading as refugees seeking safety in the West. The US is entitled to vet visa applicants and to favour the provision of sanctuary to persecuted Christians fleeing the Islamic world. For they are the true victims of this never-ending warfare in the Middle East and North Africa. Trump should be lauded in his remembrance of the suffering forgotten.

The West also does not need more anti-Semites. Somehow the Left have convinced us that Islamic fundamentalists are the true victims and those who deny this are racists. I see the same semantics attributed to Israel. Six of the countries on Trump’s order, and ten other Muslim states, ban Jewish Israelis. I am wondering where all the protests are against this barbaric Jew hatred.

The majority of these countries are members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), an intergovernmental organisation almost as big as the Islamist dominated UN. The OIC has remonstrated harshly against the order. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds. If members of the OIC are so concerned about Muslim refugees why do they neglect them? Many of the wealthy Gulf states have not taken in a single refugee. Several of these countries created this mess in the first place and are fervent exporters of terrorism.

The West, and especially the US, are often symbols of hatred and scorn in these despotic places. Trump is right to question why so many wish to flee to a country so despised. There are millions of Muslims out there who would never think of hurting another human being.  But at the same time we have to be honest and admit that most of the terrorism which threatens the West has Islamic roots and partly emanates from those seven countries listed in the order.

Until we debate this truthfully, and without dishonest comparisons to the Holocaust, this dreadful plight will continue. And the losers will be the real refugees, the persecuted Christians and innocent victims of Islamist terrorism. We cannot risk seeing terrorists from these countries as victims, when in fact they are perpetrators. There are dark forces out there which seek to destroy us.  Hiding from the truth will not save us from these monsters. Ire should not be directed to Trump but to those Islamic fundamentalists who perpetrate this crisis.

This ridiculous backlash against Trump, financed and supported by an assortment of useful idiots, Islamists and clueless left-wingers, only serves to silence conversation and solutions so desperately needed in our demon-haunted world. How appallingly ironic that some who dishonestly compare the order to Nazi Germany are anti-Semitic and would happily see Israel destroyed.

Trump’s order was badly implemented but is a start in our fightback. No-one has the right to demand entry to another country and Trump owes protection to the millions of Americans who did elect him. The evil here lies not in Trump’s awkward executive order, but with those Islamists who seek to kill us in the West. We must acknowledge that we are at war with those who hate our Enlightenment values and Judeo-Christian ethos of freedom and tolerance. And, just like the Nazis, they hate the Jews.

(Image: Gage Skidmore)

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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