Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Who Is My Neighbor?: Israel Accepts Refugees from Darfur, Sudan

Free refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan are rallying after the recent decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to indict Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir for crimes against humanity (Genocide) and war crimes. What is even more more amazing is the fact that these Muslims are rallying in Israel.

According to the video, none of the countries of Africa were willing to accept the influx of Darfur refugees, nor were any Muslim countries. Yet Israel, often portrayed as Islam's Devil, stepped in and accepted these refugees. And they are appropriately thankful.

This should recall Jesus' parable of the good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37, in which he condemned the outward righteousness of the religious leaders of Israel.

Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

Those Muslim countries that rejected Darfur refugees should be ashamed that they did not take care of their own people. in this instance, the world may learn from Israel's example. Well done, Israel.

Please see the video below.

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