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The Peril of Arab Migration from Gaza to the US and UK

by Ram ben Ze'ev (Conservative Values)

The Peril of Arab Migration from Gaza to the US and UK
The Peril of Arab Migration from Gaza to the US and UK

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Arab terrorists in Gaza has developed into the prospect of Arab migration to the US and UK. This protracted conflict, marked by recurrent waves of Arab violence against Israel and retaliation and threats of more violence by Arab terrorists and their supporters, has deep-rooted historical, political, and religious dimensions.

Allowing individuals from Gaza, a region where anti-Israeli sentiments are often prevalent and where terrorist groups actively operate, raises legitimate concerns about potential security risks. The enmity between Israel and Gaza-based militants is not a localised issue but one with global ramifications, as evidenced by the sporadic outbreaks of violence that have reverberated far beyond the borders of the Middle East. Any policy regarding migration from Gaza must carefully consider the implications of this entrenched conflict and its potential spill-over effects on host nations.

In an era where global migration is a hotly debated topic, certain considerations should never be dismissed in the name of humanitarianism. Among these considerations is the potential risk associated with the unchecked relocation of individuals from conflict-ridden regions, particularly Gaza, to Western nations like the United States and the United Kingdom. While compassion must always be at the forefront of any immigration policy, prudence demands a thorough examination of the potential consequences, especially when it comes to matters of national security and cultural integration.

The proposition of allowing Arabs from Gaza to relocate to the US or UK raises grave concerns, primarily due to the ever-looming specter of terrorism. Gaza, a region marred by longstanding conflict and extremism, has sadly become synonymous with acts of terror orchestrated by extremist groups like Hamas (known as the Muslim Brotherhood before 1987). To welcome individuals from such an environment without robust vetting measures would be tantamount to playing Russian roulette with national security.

It's not a matter of demonising an entire populace, but rather a realistic acknowledgment of the risks involved. The sad truth is that extremist ideologies often take root in environments of despair and hopelessness, and Gaza is no exception. While not every individual hailing from Gaza is a potential terrorist, the infiltration of even a small number of radicalised individuals could have catastrophic consequences for the safety and well-being of citizens in host nations.

Moreover, the cultural chasm between Gaza and Western societies cannot be overlooked. The values that underpin democratic nations like the US and UK—such as freedom of speech, equality, and respect for human rights—are often at odds with the prevailing ideologies found in Gaza. Sharia (a body of religious law that forms a part of the Islamic tradition), intolerance of dissent, and gender discrimination are regrettably commonplace in many parts of the region.

Allowing large-scale migration from Gaza without ensuring that incoming individuals share, or are willing to embrace, these fundamental values risks fostering enclaves of cultural insularity and ideological conflict within host nations. This not only undermines social cohesion but also poses a threat to the very fabric of democratic societies, built upon principles of pluralism and tolerance.

Furthermore, history serves as a stark reminder of the challenges associated with integrating individuals from Gaza into Western societies. Past experiences in Europe, for instance, have highlighted the difficulties in assimilating migrants from culturally and religiously distinct backgrounds. High levels of unemployment, social isolation, and even radicalisation have been observed among certain segments of migrant populations, including those from Gaza.

This is not to suggest that integration is impossible, but rather to emphasise the need for realistic expectations and comprehensive support structures. Merely opening the floodgates without adequate planning and resources for integration is a recipe for societal friction and discord.

Critics may argue that denying entry to individuals from Gaza is a violation of humanitarian principles and an abandonment of moral duty. However, humanitarianism must be tempered with pragmatism. True compassion entails not only providing refuge to those in need but also safeguarding the security and stability of host nations and their citizens.

There are alternative approaches that reconcile compassion with security concerns.

Before the United States or the United Kingdom consider accepting Arab refugees from Gaza, it is imperative to recognise the responsibility that neighbouring regional nations, such as Jordan and Egypt, bear in providing refuge to those fleeing conflict and persecution. These countries share linguistic, cultural, and historical ties with Gaza, making them more suitable hosts for refugees seeking sanctuary. Moreover, these neighbouring nations have a vested interest in contributing to regional stability and mitigating the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. By prioritising resettlement efforts in countries with closer geographic and cultural affinities, the burden on Western nations is alleviated, allowing them to focus their resources on integration and support for those who cannot find refuge in neighbouring states. This approach not only promotes burden-sharing and regional cooperation but also ensures that refugees are resettled in environments where they are more likely to find familiarity and acceptance, facilitating their long-term integration and well-being.

Once we have exhausted that imperative, we must implement stringent vetting procedures to screen for potential security threats, and taxpayers must be consulted before investing their money in integration programs to facilitate the assimilation of migrants into host societies.

Moreover, addressing the root causes of conflict and instability in Gaza—such as poverty, lack of economic opportunities, and political oppression—should be at the forefront of any long-term solution. By addressing these underlying issues, the need for mass migration is diminished, and the focus can shift towards sustainable development and peace-building efforts in the region.

The policy of allowing Arab migration from Gaza to the US and UK is fraught with peril. From the threat of terrorism to the challenges of cultural integration, the risks far outweigh the purported benefits. While compassion for those in need is a noble sentiment, it must be tempered with a sober assessment of the realities on the ground. Only through a balanced and pragmatic approach can we uphold the values of humanitarianism without compromising the safety and stability of our nations.


Bill White (Ram ben Ze'ev) is CEO of WireNews and Executive Director of Hebrew Synagogue 


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