College Occupations: This Week’s Crisis of the Century Won’t Change Much
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Here are the top six stories in the New York Times tonight:

Admittedly, I haven’t been paying much attention to this, the most important news story of all time, but what’s the big deal?

There’s been yet another war going on in the Middle East since October 7; more than a few people on one side or the other have strong opinions about it; it’s spring, so college students want to get out into the sunshine instead of study; some young people want to mark their territory and engage in Sharks vs. Jets–style turf wars while others just want to go to class, for which their parents are paying up to $950 per day; probably some students hope that they can cause enough chaos that their final exams will be cancelled so they won’t flunk out; many Jews don’t enjoy having Israel criticized; and Republican politicians want to make it illegal to say bad things about the government of Israel so that students go back to just defaming traditional, acceptable targets such as People of Whiteness.

This would be interesting if it were likely to mark a tipping point in which Jewish-Americans wake up to who their real friends are and rethink their whole Diversity Uber Alles prejudice. But the GOP is rushing to grant Jews special privileges of immunity from the kind of criticism that white people have been subjected to in torrents on college campuses for generations (and especially for the last decade), so that is unlikely to happen. After all, what need is there for Jewish-Americans to engage in an agonizing reappraisal of brain-dead liberal bigotry against whites if the Republican Party just passes laws tearing up the First Amendment when it comes to Israel?

In other news (from CBS):

White House considers welcoming some Palestinians from war-torn Gaza as refugees

By Camilo Montoya-Galvez

Updated on: April 30, 2024

The Biden administration is considering bringing certain Palestinians to the U.S. as refugees, a move that would offer a permanent safe haven to some of those fleeing war-torn Gaza, according to internal federal government documents obtained by CBS News.

In recent weeks, the documents show, senior officials across several federal U.S. agencies have discussed the practicality of different options to resettle Palestinians from Gaza who have immediate family members who are American citizens or permanent residents.

One of those proposals involves using the decades-old United States Refugee Admissions Program to welcome Palestinians with U.S. ties who have managed to escape Gaza and enter neighboring Egypt, according to the inter-agency planning documents.

Of course, there aren’t many of those (yet) because Egypt doesn’t want to let in Palestinians, who have a track record of destabilizing host countries, such as Jordan and then Lebanon in the 1960s and 1970s.

Top U.S. officials have also discussed getting additional Palestinians out of Gaza and processing them as refugees if they have American relatives, the documents show. The plans would require coordination with Egypt, which has so far refused to welcome large numbers of people from Gaza.

Those who pass a series of eligibility, medical and security screenings would qualify to fly to the U.S. with refugee status, which offers beneficiaries permanent residency, resettlement benefits like housing assistance and a path to American citizenship.

… The proposals to resettle certain Palestinians as refugees would mark a shift in longstanding U.S. government policy and practice. Since its inception in 1980, the U.S. refugee program has not resettled Palestinians in large numbers.

Over the past decade, the U.S. has resettled more than 400,000 refugees fleeing violence and war across the globe. Fewer than 600 were Palestinian.

The domestic politics of this are complicated because A) Jewish-Americans tend to be enthusiastic supporters of refugees and asylees, tending to imagine them as Albert Einsteins rather than Sirhan Sirhans. B) But some Jewish-Americans are starting to rethink this idea of importing more anti-Semites (especially people who have Inigo Montoya–type reasons for hating Israelis). C) Bibi Netanyahu would like nothing better than for America to take the Gazans off his hands.

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