With Open Doors and Closed Eyes, Europe Welcomes Refugees

Oct. 26 2015

The massive influx of refugees from the wars, disorders, and economic malaise of the Middle East and North Africa was spurred on by Angela Merkel’s announcement in August that Germany would allow entry to some 800,000 Syrian migrants. Christopher Caldwell explains that the burden of Merkel’s decision will be borne not just by Germany but by its European neighbors:

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More about: Angela Merkel, Austria, European Islam, European Union, Germany, Refugees

Israel Experiences a Resurgence of COVID-19, but This Time with No One to Blame

During the past two weeks, the Israeli government has been gradually reopening schools, restaurants, and beaches, leading to a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, the reclosing of some schools, and the quarantining of hundreds. The new outbreaks, for the most part, have spared the ḥaredi communities so severely affected by the initial waves of the virus. But, writes Ruthie Blum, there has been no parallel expressions of anger akin to what was directed at the ultra-Orthodox two months ago:

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More about: Coronavirus, Israeli society, Ultra-Orthodox