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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Syrian Americans don't seem to want Syrian refugees

From the Associated Press:
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A few days ago, a pastor asked Syrian-born restaurant owner Marie Jarrah to donate food to a welcoming event for recently arrived Syrian refugees. Jarrah, who said she regularly helps people in need, declined.
Like many of Allentown's establishment Syrians, she doesn't think it's a good idea to bring refugees to the city. She clung to that view even before last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. "Problems are going to happen," said Jarrah, co-owner of Damascus Restaurant in a heavily Syrian enclave.
As debate intensifies nationally over the federal government's plan to accept an additional 10,000 refugees from war-ravaged Syria, a similar argument is taking place in Allentown - one with a sectarian twist.
Pennsylvania's third-largest city is home to one of the nation's largest populations of Syrians. They are mostly Christian and, in no small number, support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad -- a dynamic that's prompting some of them to oppose the resettlement of refugees, who are Muslim and say they fled violence perpetrated by the Assad regime.
Aziz Wehbey, an Allentown auto dealer and president of the American Amarian Syrian Charity Society, worries some Syrian refugees might have taken part in the fighting in Syria's civil war and have "blood on their hands."
Maybe if Middle Eastern Muslims did not crucify Christians, Christians would be a little more, well, Christian toward them.

By the way, ever notice how being Christian means charitable and forgiving, while you draw a blank when you think of "being Muslim" toward others.


  1. By the way, ever notice how being Christian means charitable and forgiving, while you draw a blank when you think of "being Muslim" toward others.

    Maybe if people didn't know of so many muslim "charities" for their terrorist support, folks would have a different view?
    That and the whole cutting off heads, honor killings, lying to non-believers ...

    1. I thought immediately of a choice between an IED or a splodydope.

  2. Allentown should do the American thing and take in as many refugees as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Emirates have.

  3. I was going to say much what JP said; he did it better. I completely agree with DC, too.

  4. It is not uncommon in the history of immigration to the US for this to happen. Ethnic group X arrives, gets established, and does OK. E.g. the guy quoted in the article owns a car dealership. If later arrivals from group X go on welfare, commit crimes, or work hard but arrive in large numbers then there is an bad reaction from the community and the established members of group X get lumped in with the new arrivals. If the new arrivals from Syria are on welfare with 3 wives and 15 kids (not saying this is true) then the car dealer may not want them to come.