“You shall not oppress a stranger for you know the heart of a stranger as you were slaves in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9)
“You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer, whether a fellow countryman or a stranger in one of the communities of your land.” (Deuteronomy 24:14)
Like many of you, I am somebody whose family came to America as refugees from discrimination against Jews. That is the root of my first consciousness of and interest in civil rights. From the 1930’s through the 1950’s, anti-Semitism was blatant in America with companies advertising “No Jews need apply” or “Protestants only.” and the Jewish community has worked very hard to solve that.
So when I read this quote on a hokey right wing website today from Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya’alon, my jaw literally dropped:
“The goal is to stop Palestinians from working in Israel by 2008,” Ya’alon told the Low-Intensity Conflict warfare counter-terrorism [LIC-2005] conference on Tuesday.
The article continues to say
Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya’alon said Israel no longer maintains a policy of encouraging Palestinian employment. Ya’alon said the government has been phasing out the number of jobs available to Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip in Israel. By 2008, Israel would institute a complete ban on the employment of Palestinians, Middle East Newsline reported.
I don’t find the website to be a very reliable source, and I sincerely hope they’re wrong.