Are Syrian Refugees Analogous to Jewish Ones? Does It Matter?
Jonah Zinn
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At the risk of answer-ception (😊) there were a few things I wanted to respond to:

  1. My article was not intended to be a part of a “pissing contest” or a “who had it worse Olympics” — that’s why in the first part of my article I explain that I am uncomfortable equating one group’s pain to another’s. That’s also why I don’t really make direct comparisons between the ideologies of Islam and Judaism — my point is only to show that their situations are more parallel than some would suggest and that a lot of the reasoning people give for why their situations are dissimilar is rooted in Islamophobia. I do not call what is occurring in Syria a genocide, nor do I compare the instances scope and impact for this reason.
  2. Back in the 1940s, (I should have written more about this in my article) American leaders had a suspicion that many Jewish immigrants were spies, which is clearly ridiculous today, but was used to justify ignoring a global tragedy and the deaths of thousands. I’m not interested in debating whether that premise is as faulty or more faulty than the arguments used to prevent Muslims from entering the country — my point is that in the past we’ve used all kinds of arguments based in fear to block groups that were experiencing tragedies from entering the country, and that we shouldn’t let history repeat itself.
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