What is this Jewish Ethiopian refugee doing in America?

The story in the Connecticut Jewish Ledger begins:

With a limited English vocabulary, Fitsum Anafu Tsema Molla has few ways of describing events of the first 38 years of his life. Oftentimes, “not good” serves as the perfect catchall.

Today, Fitsum sits in the quiet lobby of a West Hartford synagogue – where he is now a “regular ” – thousands of miles from anything resembling home, and communicates his harrowing life story, one “not good” at a time.

Headlined An Ethiopian refugee living in Hartford struggles to live a Jewish life, the piece recounts a tale of woe.  The 38-year-old Fitsum was born just before a Marxist government took over Ethiopia and the Jews were targeted — 2,500 killed and 7,000 made homeless.  Fitsum’s father was shot in 1978 and remained paralyzed and in a hospital until he died in 1993.

During the 1980s thousands of Ethiopian Jews were brought to Israel in a covert operation.  But Fitsum stayed with his father, as conditions for Jews got worse and worse.  In 1997 he snuck into Kenya, where Jews are not liked.  He was brutally attacked a number of times and carries scars all over his body from knife wounds.

Finally, Fitsum’s cries were heard and an alphabet soup of acronyms, representing a multi-course meal of refugee organizations, entered his life. The Refugee Consortium of Kenya learned of Fitsum’s plight and on Oct. 9, 2010, referred him to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), a Jewish organization dedicated to rescuing and resettling imperiled refugees. At some point – when exactly is unclear – the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) officially designated Fitsum a refugee according to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and labeled him an assault victim in need of medical service….

With the UN’s blessing in hand, HIAS passed the case on to the U.S. Refugees Admission Program, which interviewed Fitsum in October 2010. Several months later, he was interviewed again, this time by U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, and approved as an immigrant. The State Department placed him with the Hartford branch of Catholic Charities, ­­an organization that provides resettlement services for refugees from around the world.

There’s more to the story, but at this point my head began to spin.  Fitsum was referred to HIAS and he ended up in the U.S.?  He could have gone to Israel at any time in his life and be given entry as a Jew.  Not only that, but his father was Israeli!  Father was described as an engineer so he wasn’t an uneducated guy.  He must have known his son stayed with him although he could have gone to Israel during the airlift.  So why didn’t he say, “Son, when I’m gone, get yourself to Israel”?  But since apparently the father didn’t think ahead for his son, why didn’t HIAS get him resettled in Israel?

Instead, Fitsum ended up with Catholic Charities in Hartford, Connecticut, which settled him in an apartment with a Muslim roommate who “objects to his Judaism.”  He avoids being at home and sometimes rides a bus all night to avoid the situation.  He couldn’t hold the jobs he got and believes he has medical problems that hamper his functioning.  With all those beatings, he could be brain damaged, and from the description of him in the article it seems quite possible.  If he were in Israel, he would be getting top-notch medical care, but here he is just one more pathetic refugee.

Fortunately, all is not hopeless.

Fitsum and Rabbi Pincus [from the Jewish Ledger, Connecticut edition, 9/11/13]

Fitsum finds respite from strife at Congregation Beth Israel, in West Hartford. When he asked Catholic Charities about access to a synagogue, they contacted Rabbi Michael Pincus, who spread open arms to a new congregant. …  Beth Israel has been an almost-literal savior for Fitsum. He attends minyan there Monday through Thursday and visits for weekly Friday night services as well. As he tells it, Beth Israel is the only good thing he has going.

…. word of Fitsum’s plight has spread, and the Jewish community is rallying to action. Soon after meeting Fitsum, Pincus spoke to Bob Fishman, executive director of the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT). Fishman spoke with Gough at Catholic Charities, whom he says was very receptive to his concerns about Fitsum’s circumstances and happy to work with JFACT on solving Fitsum’s issues.

According to Fishman, Catholic Charities, which cannot comment publicly on the specifics of Fitsum’s case, will organize mediation between Fitsum and his roommates. They will also explore options for moving him from his current home and finding him a more suitable job, Fishman says.

Mediation?  Are they nuts?  What are they going to do, tell the roommate (or roommates; it’s unclear) that Jews aren’t really apes and pigs and they should be nice to Fitsum?

Then, in light of what I’ve said before, this takes the cake:

As Pincus, JFACT and Catholic Charities scurry to make his life more pleasant – or at least more bearable – Fitsum remains motivated by the most ingrained allegiance his father passed down: love for Israel.

“My father’s country is my country,” he says. “If I sacrifice, I sacrifice for Israel. I’m working for Israel.”

Three days before Anafu’s death, he passed on to his son an Israeli flag, and Fitsum has clung to it throughout the ensuing 20 years. Fitsum says Anafu spoke every day about Israel and dreamed every night about Jerusalem. He says, if possible, he would happily relocate one more time. The holy land would be a presumptive ultimate destination in his constant search for a place where his Judaism is accepted and celebrated. Fishman says he and Pincus are already working to make aliyah possible.

Somehow Fitsum kept an Israeli flag, and now talks of going there, but never thought of trying to get to Israel before, either from Ethiopia or from Kenya.  Maybe he was too ignorant to know he could have gone there and been accepted, but why didn’t any of the agencies and bureaucrats whose hands he passed through think of that?  Perhaps it’s ingrained dislike of Israel.  Perhaps … I was trying to think of another reason, but I can’t.  Nobody in the refugee business could be unaware that any Jew can settle in Israel.  Let’s hope his Jewish helpers can get him to Israel, where he can have some kind of a life.

Canada: Chinese “ghost” scammers deported

The article doesn’t tell us how these Chinese nationals came to be in Canada in the first place, but I’m assuming they were asylum seekers. Here in America the Chinese top the list of asylum-seekers who get across our borders and then ask for protection.   Do you know that Chinese men can be granted asylum in the US just by saying they want to have more than one child (as is the rule in China)?

Chinese “ghost” scammer before Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board. Photo: Arlen Redekop, PNG , The Province

Here is the news from The Province to add to our expanding collection of immigrant scam stories.  With this beautiful multiculturalism we learn something new every day!

All five Chinese nationals accused of taking part in a so-called “blessing scam,” or “ghost scam,” targeting Vancouver seniors were ordered to be deported from Canada this week.

The five deportation orders followed a yearlong police probe, guilty pleas to criminal charges and immigration hearings.

Youjun Huo, 41, appeared in an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing in Vancouver on Thursday.

Huo and four women – Xiao Qiong Lin, Shao Quiong Luo, Jianmei Wu and Ya Jian Yang – were detained at Vancouver airport on July 15 while trying to leave for Hong Kong. Officers with the Canada Border Services Agency found the five were carrying $148,000 in cash, plus a large amount of jewelry.

So what is the ghost scam?

Often referred to as the “ghost scam,” or “blessing scam,” as described by the Vancouver police, the crime involves Cantonesespeaking women targeting elderly Chinese women on the street.

The scammers tell victims they are being followed by a ghost and that one of their children will die unless their money and jewelry is blessed immediately. Once the victims hand over the valuables, the scammers perform a short blessing ritual, during which they steal the goods and replace them with worthless items, police said.

Det. Ivan De Silva of the VPD’s Criminal Intelligence Unit worked on the “ghost-scam” case. He said the crime is particularly heinous because it simultaneously preys on two things: the victims’ beliefs and also their love and desire to protect their families.

Syrian refugees at Zaatari angry with US/Obama because no military strike on the way

No military strike means he doesn’t deserve peace prize (Huh?).

Obama, the Muslim?, at the Nobel Peace Prize signing ceremony in Oslo in 2009.

We have written about the huge Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, Zaatari, on several previous occasions (see especially this post about how the Syrians are described as “difficult” refugees).  Now, thanks again to our research arm—pungentpeppers—here are two stories about how the Syrians are angry at America, which begs the question—why should we bring them here?

The first story entitled, ‘Anti-Americanism Spreads in Syrian Refugee Camps’ is at The Atlantic.  Read it all, but note this exchange near the end:

Such populations may be nurturing a new generation of angry Muslim youths who view the United States, and especially its president, as hypocritical at best, and enablers of Assad’s war crimes at worst.

“Everybody is against the Syrian people,” said a former lieutenant in the Syrian military I met in Zaatari, who defected to the opposition. He was sitting on a cot in a prefab caravan, surrounded by other Syrian men wounded in the war. “We’re giving our blood but for Obama that is not enough.”

Obama is a Muslim?  Who knew!

After cursing the American president in Arabic, he continued, “Obama is ‘Hussein’ – son of Muslims. If he were a Christian he would support us. But he’s a Muslim.” He shakes his head and his eyes tear up. “It’s always Muslims against Muslims.”

In that last line—Muslim v. Muslim—-is the explanation for why the general public in the West is finished with all this—how many times do we have to intervene in squabbles that have gone on for over a thousand years?  And, why do we need to bring the warring sides to our communities in America?

The Atlantic article continued:

Many of the Syrian refugees I spoke to are resentful for two reasons: First, they feel the United States has abandoned them. Why intervene in Libya but not Syria? That suspicion fuels numerous conspiracy theories. Second, they resent how they’ve been treated as refugees.

Libya was a foolish adventure as well thanks to Obama’s three witches!

The second article worth reading is this one in the Telegraph (Barack Obama ‘does not deserve’ his Nobel peace prize say angry Syrian refugees in Zaatari camp).  In his mind, for Obama to deserve his Nobel Peace Prize, a newly arrived “refugee” (aka 22 year old rebel fighter) at Zaatari said this:

Showing an awareness of international policy that belied the destitution of a newly arrived refugee, he called for the Nobel Prize committee to relieve the US president of his 2009 peace prize.

“America has a responsibility to launch strikes to prevent the killing by Assad. Obama has a Nobel Prize but he does not deserve it because he has not responded to so many deaths,” he said.

So as long as Obama launches strikes that will surely kill some—according to this rebel, kill the right people (his Muslim enemies)—he deserves the peace prize.

And, these are the Muslims the West will soon be receiving as refugees?