New immigration disaster? 3 ‘conservatives’ pushing the US and Europe to accept Palestinian refugees

A Palestinian rushes his child wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Deir Al-Balah, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
By John Cody
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There is no lack of progressive groups and politicians calling for the West to take in millions of displaced Gaza refugees. Scotland’s unelected leader Humza Yousaf, for example, is calling for his country to open its doors to Gaza’s population, while the New York Post reports that progressives want to take in 1 million to the U.S.

This is to be expected, but the right should also beware of those from its own ranks pushing for more or less the same agenda. This list is hardly exhaustive, but here are three that are highly influential, including among the populist, nationalist right.

Joel Pollak

Joel Pollak, the senior-editor-at-large for Breitbart, is a Zionist with deep ties to Israel. There is nothing wrong with this position, and it is the position of many within the Jewish community on both the left and the right in the United States. The only time it becomes an issue is if it conflicts with the interests of the U.S., and during such times, it needs to be called out as such.

After Hamas slaughtered Israeli citizens en masse earlier this month, Pollak wrote a tweet that ended up generating millions of views, arguing that all of Gaza should be evacuated, leveled, and then the land given to Israel.

Pollak has since removed his tweet and issued an apology, but that was not his only tweet on the subject. He also believes the United States should take in Palestinian refugees, of which, many are supporters of Hamas.

“We should give civilians from Gaza temporary refuge during the war, as long as they are not a threat, and encourage regional Arab states to do the same,” he wrote on X.

His subsequent calls to bring Palestinian refugees to the U.S. have not been removed or clarified — although it is clearly a far less controversial tweet than the one he retracted.

Breitbart has taken a strong position against mass immigration over the years, but when it comes to Israel, Pollak believes Israel’s problem should instead become the U.S.’s problem. He may have deleted his first tweet, but it has long been a goal of many Zionists to annex Gaza. This may indeed be in the interest of Israel. However, where should these Palestinians go? Pollak believes they should come to America.

While Pollak has every right to advocate for Israel, conservatives and those seeking to defend the West should draw a line in the sand against this and those lobbying for this when it means yet again more mass immigration and more refugees. Pollak also knows without a doubt that “temporary refuge” is a meaningless and ridiculous concept — his own publication has written for years on this topic, criticizing the never-ending refugee population funneled into America. The vast majority of refugees who arrive in the West almost never leave. It does not matter if they should leave, or whether Pollak believes they should leave — the reality is that they do not.

Israel has a strong incentive to push for Palestinians to be forced out of Gaza and have them distributed across the West, as the fewer fighting-age Muslims in the Middle East, particularly in places like Gaza, the better for Israel.

A 2020 poll found 50 percent of Israelis back annexation of the West Bank, with U.S. support. The Israeli Institute For Regional Foreign Policies (MITVIM) also found in July of this year that 30 percent of Israelis believe the government should “strive to annex the West Bank and establish a single state with privileged status for Jews.”

This is, of course, all in reference to the West Bank, and not Gaza, but when it comes to Gaza, there is no doubt that Israelis have even more hostile feelings toward the government there, especially after the slaughter of Israeli citizens by Hamas. These polls were also taken long before Hamas’ attack. Sentiment towards annexation and occupation has likely only sharpened since then.

Although Israel could annex Gaza and deal with 2.5 million Gaza residents, clearing it out of civilians and creating a refugee problem elsewhere, is a far simpler solution. Egypt, for its part, threatens to send these refugees to Europe. Pollak’s claims that they should also be sent to neighboring Arab nations is, in the end, just a short-term staging point before they make their way to the West.

There is no use mincing words. Pollak is clearly operating against the interests of the United States with his proposal for “temporary refuge,” and frankly, his position is dangerous, which leads us to the next conservative advocating for Palestinians to be sent to the West.

Richard Hanania

Richard Hanania has become a thought leader of sorts on the conservative right, but often it takes just a paragraph or two to realize that he harbors a number of ideas deleterious to the interests of the West. In a dubious piece in which he called for the siege of Gaza to continue, he goes on to describe what the ideal end goal is — one that will certainly benefit Israel but would be dramatically harmful to Europe:

“Israel controls the flow of food and electricity into Gaza. It should leverage that, along with air and bombing campaigns, in order to achieve a different kind of government. Kicking many of the Palestinians out and finding new homes for them would probably be the best of all worlds, as no matter how much trouble they might cause in Europe or Egypt, it won’t be as bad as them staying in Gaza. Israel making life so unlivable that they leave, while working with the US to pressure other countries to open up their borders, seems like sound policy. The population of Gaza is 2.5 million. Whatever the outflow is, it should be manageable if it is treated as a global problem.”

Let us disregard Hanania’s claims in the rest of the piece, which you can read yourself, and just focus on the short above paragraph, which is likely of most interest to the majority of Remix’s audience. The proposal, on its face, should make it clear that this man does not have the interests of the West in mind, whatsoever. His solution addresses Israel’s security while claiming Palestinians will be less of a problem elsewhere, with the “trouble” they may cause in Europe is neither defined or put into context.

These Palestinian refugees would not be arriving in Europe in a vacuum. They would be arriving in a Europe that is already dealing with 44 million people of Islamic origin, including 19 million in EU countries. This is also a population that features a far higher birthrate than Europe’s native populations.

This “trouble” that people from this region have presented Europe is not explored in much detail by Hanania, because that would be problematic for his ethnic cleansing pitch in Gaza, which truth be told, does not even attempt to offer any positive benefit for Europe. However, this “trouble” needs to be defined. It means terror attacks, soaring rape crimes (including gang rape), deteriorating education standards and packed school systems, the eviction of the elderly to make way for migrants, skyrocketing real estate prices, and of course, the murder of young Europeans. The list could go on and on.

The “trouble” Hanania refers has a name, in fact, it has many names. There is 12-year-old Lola in Paris, 13-year-old Lena in Austria, and 9-year-old Luna in Sweden — all brutally raped by migrants, with the first two outright murdered and the last one, Luna, still in a coma that has crushed her family. These young European women are no less victims than any other victim, and they certainly fit into a far broader pattern of violence and sexual assault from Middle Eastern and African perpetrators.

Every day, the West is confronted with visceral video evidence of the “trouble” Hanania is writing about but does not care to even define in his piece.

Hanania places the security of Israel over that of Europe, there is no doubt about that, but on a long enough timeline, the number of European victims across the continent is enormous.

These examples are not outliers either. Across the West, crime statistics outline in stark detail how foreigners from the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia are persistent security threats that have cost thousands of lives and left survivors with life-long trauma.

Europe’s growing immigration population is a cultural and integration problem, and the large number of Muslims calling for jihad across European capitals, also, over the long term, presents not just a security threat, but a political threat.

The reality is that demographics are largely destiny, which is why the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) argues that Israel must remain a Jewish state and never let Palestinians gain majority status, which would very well happen in a one-state solution. The activists at the ADL are starkly aware that in a democracy, Israel’s Jewish population could be at the mercy of a rival Arab majority.

The same holds true for the West, and even if White Europeans could expect benevolent rule from other ethnic and cultural groups, which they most certainly cannot, such an experiment would be foolhardy and represent an existential and irreversible gamble.

Nikki Haley

Conservative politicians are also already promoting the idea of Palestinian refugees. Presidential candidate Nikki Haley, who is incredibly unpopular with the Republican voting base but very popular with the party’s donors and neo-conservative war hawks, is also on board with such a plan.

After Republican Governor Ron DeSantis said he rejected the idea that Palestinian refugees should be sent to the United States, Haley came out against this stance, saying the United States can “separate civilians from terrorists. And that’s what we have to do.”

“There are so many of these people who want to be free from this terrorist rule. They want to be free from all of that,” said Haley.

How would the West separate out these Hamas supporters? Haley offers no concerte proposals. In a poll conducted this month, the data suggests that 57 percent of Gazans “express at least a somewhat positive opinion of Hamas — along with similar percentages of Palestinians in the West Bank (52 percent) and East Jerusalem (64 percent).” Hamas is very popular in the Middle East, and they are seen as freedom fighters by many against Israel.

Regardless, those who do not support Hamas are not necessarily going to make model Western citizens, as integration data has shown across the West for those coming from the Middle East.

Data from Denmark, although a small sample, directly addresses what the West can expect. The country granted 321 Palestinians asylum in 1992, 64 percent were convicted of a crime, 80 percent were on welfare, and 34 percent of their children became convicted criminals.

Ultimately, even if Palestinians turned out to be model citizens — which is an outcome so at odds with past data that it is laughable — Western countries are still seeing dramatic demographic shifts. Europeans must avoid the perils and conflicts brought about by multiculturalism, which have already led to enormous financial and security costs for Europe and North America.

These Europeans have every right to protect their majority status in the West, just as Israelis seek to protect their majority status in Israel. Henry Kissinger’s recent interview attests to this reality.

The tragedy in Gaza is unfolding fast. The West will soon be asked to take in Palestinians in large numbers, and there will be those like Pollak, Hanania and Haley helping usher in another disaster for the West.

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