July 19, 2018
I’ve been wondering recently whether I’m simply a hypocrite…writes Evelyn Gordon/JNS.
After all, I think the world was wrong to close its doors to Jewish refugees during the Nazi era, yet I sympathise with the West’s unwillingness to welcome the seemingly endless stream of desperate people beating on its doors today. So in an effort to determine whether my position has any conceivable justification, I finally read the U.N. Refugee Convention of 1951, the foundational document codifying the international obligation to help refugees.
The popular view of this convention is that it protects anyone fleeing genuine danger. Moreover, that’s how many countries seem to have interpreted it in practice. Yet its plain language is far more restrictive than that