With the Passover holiday approaching this weekend, we decided to check in with the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix for information on the holiday observances. What we found were two decidedly political articles, both going after Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The first one, an editorial commentary by a local rabbi, makes the bizarre analogy between the biblical Israelites in Egypt and today’s illegal aliens in America:
“Thirty-six times in the Torah we are commanded, “Do not oppress the stranger, the widow, and the orphan, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” We remember our people’s history. We have been the stranger, and we have been oppressed. We cannot oppress the stranger and victimize him.
The implicit underlying theme draws a fallacious analogy between Nazi roundups of Jewish citizens and the non-citizen illegals who, by virtue their very existence here, are lawbreakers.
“This scene conjures up all sorts of images in our minds,” the rabbi laments.” He describes “fully armed officers” as though wearing a sidearm was not basic to any law enforcement uniform.
What the rabbi hypocritically fails to take into account is the issue of the rule of law and the rights of sovereign nations to secure their own borders, especially in a post 9/11 world. Certainly Israel is doing that very thing today with the construction of a wall to protect her own citizens from invasion.
The second article, detailing a Passover ritual seder with members of the Latino community, refers to Sheriff Arpaio’s criminal patrols as “dragnets.”
The rabbi chastises “non-Latino” citizens for not speaking out against the patrols, in which “mothers and children (are) led to the mobile jail cell surrounded by heavily armed officers.”
With the distorted use of this provocative language, one can almost envision them being handed towels and bars of soap by SS officers as they are led to the showers, which turned out to be gas chambers. Using such an analogy constitutes an affront to the memory of those who were systematically slaughtered during the Holocaust.
Sheriff Arpaio’s patrols are world’s apart from the misinformation coming from this least likely quarter.
Seeing Red AZ is indeed seeing red over these distortions.
We send sincere good wishes for a blessed Passover to our Jewish friends.