REPORT: Rabbi Steven Burg Appointed Director General (Mankal) of Aish HaTorah Jerusalem and Aish HaTorah Globally

Every major Jewish organization, including the Orthodox Union and Agudas Yisrael, supports immigration amnesty. Big Jewish groups were united in condemning Arizona’s SB1070 bill attempt to reduce illegal immigration.

Rabbi Steven Burg is the new director general of Aish HaTorah. He worked at the OU (Orthodox Union) for 22 years. Then he worked for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. “Most recently, Rabbi Burg served as the Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a global Jewish human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, and defends the safety of Jews worldwide.” (Link)

There’s nothing in Torah saying that Jews need to push for civil rights for goyim. There’s nothing in Torah saying that Jews need to push for more non-white immigration. Yet this is the universal stance of all major Jewish organizations in America. They all seek the opposite for non-Jews (diversity) of what they seek for Jews (cohesiveness).

Let us not confuse ordinary Jews (who have all sorts of views) with activist Jewish organizations. The author of a book on Jewish organizations in France makes the point: “Let us be explicit in that it is question here only of the LICRA and in no case of the French Jewish community, whose members represent all sensibilities, notably political. It would then be perfectly wrong, and false, to confuse the LICRA and the Jewish community.”

I don’t see whites shouldn’t be allowed to maintain their own unity and cohesiveness without being forced to absorb outsiders who are often hostile to them? I believe in Zionism for Jews and White Zionism for whites and Mexican Zionism for Mexicans and Nigerian Zionism for Nigerians. Every people deserve a land where they can live without being disturbed by outsiders. Torah has no conception of non-Jewish citizenship for a Jewish state of Israel. Why should white lands give citizenship to non-whites?

Perhaps the Pharoah in Egypt 3300 years ago saw that the Israelites were going to destroy the cohesiveness of his country? Perhaps by enslaving them, he was only acting in Egypt’s best interests? Perhaps Haman saw the same problem and similarly acted rationally in his people’s best interests? Haman was perhaps descended from Amalek and Jews pray to obliterate Amalek every single day. Is that not hate speech?

As an Orthodox friend comments about Haman from the book of Esther:

Let’s be honest for a sec.

He’s called “Haman Ha’Agagi”, right? That’s because he was a descendant of Agag, the king of the Amalekites who Shaul let live after conducting a genocide in which he attempted to kill all Amalekite men, women, and children. Still with me? Good.

Here’s the thing. Every single day in our prayers, Jews reaffirm our biblical obligation to “Wipe out Amalek from under the heavens”.

Every. Single. Day.

It’s clear that Haman was merely acting in self defense against an aggressor who’d already almost succeeded in killing off his entire ancestral people and stated publicly, every single day without fail for centuries, their intent to do it again and succeed. Right?

I don’t see how any country gets stronger by importing religious and racial diversity. Diversity always means conflict. There are no exceptions in history.

Perhaps Jewish groups are only following Jewish interests in promoting a cosmpolitan society, reasoning that such a diverse land will be most hospitable to Jews. Perhaps the interests of Jews and Whites are opposed and fated to permanent conflict?

The documentary Hollywoodism concludes with a statement by Douglas Rushkoff, author of Nothing Sacred: The Truth About Judaism: “The thing that makes Judaism dangerous to everybody, to every race, to every nation, to every idea, is that we smash things that aren’t true. We don’t believe in the boundaries of nation states, we don’t believe in these ideas of individual gods that protect individual people, these are all artificial constructions and Judaism really teaches us how to see that. In a sense, our detractors have us right in that we are a corrosive force, we’re breaking down the false gods of all nations and all people because they’re not real and that’s very upsetting to people.”

From JTA April 29, 2010:

Jewish groups are slamming Arizona’s stringent new immigration-enforcement law and saying they hope outrage over the measure will reignite efforts to address comprehensive immigration reform on the national level.

“I believe that it has absolutely ignited a movement across this country for comprehensive immigration reform,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), the daughter of Jewish immigrants, who is co-sponsoring a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to normalize their status. “You see people pouring out of their homes and into the streets and halls of government rejecting this notion of allowing our country to become a police state.”

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act into law last week, though the measure won’t go into effect for 90 days. It requires that police check the immigration status of anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant, a tactic civil liberties groups say effectively mandates racial profiling.
Proponents of the law say the tough measures are necessary — given the federal government’s failure to act — to rescue the state from a flood of illegal immigrants from Mexico who they say sap taxpayer-funded programs and, in some cases, commit violent crimes. They also note that the Republican governor has issued an executive order establishing a training program on how to avoid racial profiling when implementing the new rules.

On April 26, following a weekend of protests, vandals smeared refried beans in the shape of swastikas on the windows of the Arizona State Capitol buildings, the Associated Press reported. More protests were being planned, including a vigil organized by the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.

The new law has been criticized by an array of Jewish groups, including the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee, Simon Wiesenthal Center, National Council of Jewish Women and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, a public policy umbrella group composed of the synagogue movements, several national groups and local Jewish communities across North America.

Gideon Aronoff, president and CEO of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, said he is working with other Jewish organizations to draft a broad statement condemning the federal government’s failure to enact comprehensive reform.

“Are most of the Latinos who suffer from this law Jewish? The answer is no, but we look at this through the oral commandment of ‘welcome the stranger,’ ” Aronoff said. “We are all Americans, we are all our brothers’ keepers.”

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, a Jewish Democrat, referred to the immigration bill as one that “nationally embarrasses Arizona” in an op-ed piece April 24 in the Washington Post.

Eight Reform rabbis in Arizona wrote a letter to Brewer urging the governor to veto the measure, calling it “an affront to American values of justice and our historic status as a nation of immigrants.”

Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said in a statement that “allowing an individual’s accent or skin color to precipitate an investigation into his or her legal status is anathema to American values of justice and our historic status as a nation of immigrants. [It] is also likely to endanger our communities by discouraging immigrants from cooperating with law enforcement on issues of national security.”

Along similar lines, Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Wiesenthal Center issued a statement saying that “this law makes no sense — it guarantees and stigmatizes people of color as second-class citizens and exposes them to intimidation and the use of racial profiling as a weapon of bias.”

November 17, 1954:

An appeal to the 84th Congress to revise the McCarran-Walter Immigration Act was made last night by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America at its national convention. The resolution also urged President Eisenhower to “affirm his leadership” in obtaining revocation of the act’s “discriminatory provisions.”
Representing traditional synagogues in the United States and Canada, the Orthodox Union said that the Act was “predicated upon the false assumption and vicious doctrine of the superiority of groups born in certain European countries and does violence to our American heritage and traditions. ” It charged that American moral leadership in world affairs “is open to challenge as long as a prejudiced origins-quota system constitutes the basis of our present immigration policy.
“In this tercentenary of Jewish settlement in America, ” the resolution asserted, “it is fitting that we do not lose sight of the fact that the greatness of our country is the product of the immigration of peoples of every race, color and creed.”

November 22, 1927:

Mr. Green in the course of his remarks also touched on the immigration question indicating that his organization is seeking a way to eliminate the hardships resulting from the present immigration law through the separation of families. “We do not want families to be separated. We will do all that is possible that women and children may be reunited with their husbands and fathers and that Jewish families may be united in this country.
“Economic necessity has driven the American Federation of Labor to adopt a policy for restricted immigration,” Mr. Green continued. “We want to raise the standard of living of the American worker and this is possible only through a normal absorption of the newly arrived.

September 19, 2013:

In the United States, more than 1,200 rabbis and cantors are taking time during the Jewish holiday season to urge Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Two-thirds (67 percent) of Jewish Americans favor a path to citizenship for immigrants currently living in the United States illegally.

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