The countries that are reluctant to accept the Syrian/Afghan/Iraqi and other refugees should, as always, read history. They might learn something.
The great, successful societies of the modern world were all built on the backs of refugees. Think about it. During the Irish Potato Famine of 1845–49, approximately 1 million people died and a million more Irish Refugees left Ireland for a better life anywhere that would take them in. As a result, most police departments and fire departments in the major cities of the USA east of the Mississippi River were made up primarily of people of Irish decent. Without them, who would have kept law and
order, who would have put out the fires? From Ireland also came politicians (John F. Kennedy), businessmen (Henry Ford), Hollywood personalities (Walt Disney) and Supreme Court Justices (William J. Brennan, Jr.) and authors (F. Scott Fitzgerald) – just to name a few. …
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Richard Steinitz (b.1947) was born in New York to German Jewish immigrant parents. His father worked in Yonkers,band the family residence was in Harrison, NY. After four years at S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, he moved to Israel where he has lived since then with his wife, Naomi. They have two children and two grandchildren.
As a 40+ year resident of Israel and veteran of more than 20 years service as a Medic in the Israeli Army Reserves, he was disappointed by the scarcity of books that paint a true picture of the Israel-Arab conflict. Many works of fiction presume to give an accurate description of the area and events, yet contain glaring errors of fact and even simple translation.