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Christmas Message 2015/Refugees, a tale of centuries

zondag 27 december 2015
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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2015/REFUGEES, A TALE OF CENTURIES



SEE ALSO




http://www.astridessed.nl/christmas-message-2015refugees-a-tale-of-centuries/







On the flight.A man, his wife and his newborn child.Barely escaped from the athorities, who wanted tokill them, to hunt them down.Escaped from a war zone, where the right to life is a joke.Poor.Unheard.
Nothing they could take with them.But they have nothing anyway.Barefoot they arrive.
But where they are, it's warm and they can wait there untill their owncountry is safe again.Or they can build up a life in this new country.Their choice.And that's how it should be.
THIS FAMILY IS LUCKYWhere they are, they can stay.No immigration service, no border control, noFrontex (1), nothing at all.And when they hear that their country is safe, they return. Voluntarily.Because they are rooted in their country.Because they were forced to leave behind their father. mother, brothersand sisters, grandparents, who they love and who theywish to see again.
THIS FAMILY IS LUCKYMany flee and never see their family again.


THIS FAMILY WAS LUCKY, YES
Haven't they found a safe shelter, the Christmas Story
had never been told. (2)And  there hadn't  been Hope for millions of people!
Had this Family lived in this time, BET YOUR LIFE, that theywere not believed and deported  with the help of  airline companies like KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) (3), as manyrefugees were, who were  tortured and killed in their country, when they are deported. (4)Because the authorities didn´t believe their story. (5)
Happily for us, the Christmas Story happened  2000 years ago, because otherwise...... (6)
BACK TO THESE TIMES/REFUGEES
Back to the present and the ''flow'' of refugees, who have come tothe Netherlands this year, 2015.The term ''flow'' and still more hateful ''invasion'' are from the mouths ofdemagocic and xenophobic politicians, who consider refugees as a ''burden''or a ''threath'' to the Dutch culture. (7)
For BET YOUR LIFE, when the refugees were big shots with a lotof money in their pocket, or famous writers or artists, the red carpet would havebeen rolled out.
You remember State Secretary of Justice and Refugees  Teeven, who wanted to ''sell'' a Dutch residency permit to rich foreigners? (8)But thoes big shots don't need the Netherlands at all! (9)
Given the xenofobic climate in Europe, you can't blame them!
But for those other refugees, from Syria, Eritrea and all the otherwarzones, there is no choice.They have to come to Europe, whether they like it or not.It's just like the Jews, back to the thirty years of the former century:
The rich ones could escape to the USA, where they were safe.The poor had to stay in evil Nazi Germany or had to fleeinto Europe, with all the desesastrous consequences. (10)
And let's not forget, that in the course of the thirties, either the USA,or Europe wanted to shelter Jewish refugees anymore! (11)
And so politicians played poker with the lives of refugees.People who have a right to a safe shelter, regardless theirdescent of where they come from. 

BACK TO THE ''FLOW'' OF REFUGEES IN THE NETHERLANDS/2015 
After an initial heartwarming welcome (and make no mistake, thousandsof people still welcome the refugees!), the evil setback:
The extreme right wing PVV leader G Wilders (12) began tosow hatred by invoking ''resistance'' against the coming of refugees and travelled across the country to incite the populationagainst the refugees. (13)Alas it had succes in little towns like Steenbergen, Woerden, Pannerden,Geldermalsen and the little town Oranje. (14)Violent stormings of municipal houses, assaults on refugee shelters,two attacks on Somali refugee families (In Steenbergen and Pannerden) and so on. (15)
Wilders walks hand in hand with right wing and anti Islam movementPegida, which is closely connected with all sorts of Dutch andGerman neo nazi movements. (16)
Together they have the goal to attack the refugees, muslims andnon western conmmunities.It is very, very dangerous, since neo nazi gangs openly participatein the attacks on refugees in cities like Steenbergen, Woerden, Pannerden,Geldermalsen.Neo nazi gangsters attacked a Somali family in Steenbergen and Pannerden.(17)
Dark clouds above the Netherlands.
BUT THERE ALSO IS RESISTANCE AGAINST RACISM ANDFASCISM!From christians, Jews and muslims.Anarchists and other .leftist progressivepeople, who are blocking Pegida demonstrationsand are not afraid to seek the confrontation.''Common'' people who help and support refugees.Or simple show their solidarity!Like the support the people in Pannerden gave the Somalifamily, whose house was firebombed by neo nazi's. (18)Heartwarming!

CRUELTY AND GOOD WILL
It looks very unheimlich.But it is NOT hopeless. At one side cruelty:Racism, fascist attacks, Islamophobia,xenophobia.
But at the other hand:
People of Good Will:And there are enough of them!Only they must come together, must be organizedand not let themselves intimidated by the hatred mongers.
 And there are enough people who refuse to bowfor Evil!
200 years ago the powers that be failed inkilling the Child and His parents.
Let's show in these times, that evil racism and fascismdon't have the last word. That a world of peace and equality for everyone is possible.
I wish everyone a Blessed, Good and Merry Christmas.

Astrid Essed

NOTES


NOTES


(1)

FRONTEX

http://frontex.europa.eu/



WIKIPEDIAFRONTEX

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frontex



HUMAN RIGHTS WATCHTHE EU´S DIRTY HANDS21 SEPTEMBER 2011

https://www.hrw.org/report/2011/09/21/eus-dirty-hands/frontex-involvement-ill-treatment-migrant-detainees-greece



FACE THE FACES OF DEATH! THE MEDITERRANEAN TRAGEDYCALLED FRONTEXJOKE KAVIAAR9 OCTOBER 2013
https://jokekaviaar.nl/faces-of-death-of-Frontex.html


(2)

''

The Flight into Egypt

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”

14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”[a]''


THE NEW TESTIMONY

MATTHEW 3: 13-15


https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+2%3A13-15&version=NKJV




(3)

KLM COMPLICITY WITH THE DEPORTATION OFMR F.M. AMIRI TO UNSAFE AFGHANISTAN/LETTERTO KLMASTRID ESSED4 JANUARY 2015

http://www.astridessed.nl/klm-complicity-with-the-deportation-of-mr-f-m-amiri-to-unsafe-afghanistanletter-to-klm/



KLM COMPLICITY WITH THE DEPORTATION OF ANAFGHAN FAMILY TO UNSAFE AND DANGEROUS AFGHANISTAN/LETTER TO THE KLMASTRID ESSED10 APRIL 2013

http://www.astridessed.nl/klm-complicity-with-the-deportation-of-an-afghan-family-to-unsafe-and-dangerous-afghanistanletter-to-the-klm/


(4)



´´A 60-year-old Afghan man who was deported back to Afghanistan in 2006 after a five-year battle to stay in the Netherlands has been murdered in Kabul by the Taliban, the Telegraaf reports on Wednesday.´´


DUTCHNEWS.NLFAILED ASYLUMSEEKER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN23 FEBRUARY 2011

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2011/02/failed_asylum_seeker_killed_in/



(5)


´´A 60-year-old Afghan man who was deported back to Afghanistan in 2006 after a five-year battle to stay in the Netherlands has been murdered in Kabul by the Taliban, the Telegraaf reports on Wednesday. The paper says the man was killed last September, but his death has only just been made public. Nezam Azimi was a known opponent of the Taliban but was refused permission to stay in the Netherlands by the then immigration minister Rita Verdonk.´´


DUTCHNEWS.NLFAILED ASYLUMSEEKER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN23 FEBRUARY 2011

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2011/02/failed_asylum_seeker_killed_in/


(6)

The Flight into Egypt

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”

THE NEW TESTIMONY

MATTHEW 3: 13-15


https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+2%3A13-15&version=NKJV




(7)


DUTCHNEWS.NL


''In the short term, the cabinet will agreed with efforts by the European Commission to spread the flow of refugees into Greece, Hungary and Italy around Europe if there is enough support for the Dutch position, prime minister Mark Rutte said.''


PRIME MINISTER FIRM ON DUTCH REFUGEE PLAN, EXPECTS EUSUPPORT10 SEPTEMBER 2015
http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2015/09/prime-minister-firm-on-dutch-refugee-plan-expects-eu-support/


''Earlier in the debate, Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-immigration PVV drew fire from other MPs for describing the influx of refugees to Europe as an ‘Islamic invasion’ of ‘men with beards’ and said that all refugees who try to reach Europe are economic migrants.''

PRIME MINISTER FIRM ON DUTCH REFUGEE PLAN, EXPECTS EUSUPPORT10 SEPTEMBER 2015
http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2015/09/prime-minister-firm-on-dutch-refugee-plan-expects-eu-support/


(8)

DUTCHNEWS.NLRICH FOREIGNERS CAN ''BUY'' A DUTCH RESIDENCY PERMIT FOR 1,25 M20 SEPTEMBER 2013

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2013/09/rich_foreigners_can_buy_a_dutc/


(9)

DUTCHNEWS.NLDUTCH EFFORTS TO SELL RESIDENCY PERMITSTO RICH FOREIGNERS FLOP27 NOVEMBER 2014

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/11/dutch-efforts-to-sell-residency-permits-to-rich-foreigners-flop/


(10)

WIKIPEDIATHE HOLOCAUST

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust


(11)


THE WASHINGTON POSTEUROPE'S FEAR OF MUSLIM REFUGEES ECHOES RHETORIC OF 1930'S ANTI SEMITISM2 SEPTEMBER 2015

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/09/02/europes-current-anti-migrant-rhetoric-carries-echoes-of-1930s-anti-semitism/



HOW AMERICA'S REJECTION OF JEWS FLEEING NAZI GERMANYHAUNTS OUR REFUGEE POLICY TODAY19 NOVEMBER 2015

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2015/11/19/9760060/refugees-history-holocaust


(12)

 A TSUNAMI OF RACISM/POLITICAL VIEWSOF MR WILDERSASTRID ESSED30 APRIL 2007

https://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/world/2007/04/369132.html




(13)


DUTCH POPULIST WILDERS SEEKS HALTTO ''ISLAMIC INVASION''10 NOVEMBER 2015

http://tribune.com.pk/story/988708/dutch-populist-wilders-seeks-halt-to-islamic-invasion/



(14)

DUTCHNEWS.NLBRABANT TOWN LEADS ''RESISTANCE'',STEENBERGEN PROTESTS AT REFUGEE PLANS22 OCTOBER 2015

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2015/10/brabant-town-leads-resistance-steenburgen-protests-at-refugee-plans/


ASYLUM RESCUE CENTER ATTACKED:CONCERNS RAISED, ARRESTS MADE13 OCTOBER 2015

http://www.nltimes.nl/2015/10/13/asylum-rescue-center-attacked-concerns-raised-arrests-made/

''The community of Pannerden rallied around the Somali family in the town who was the target of a racist attack last. The family’s home was pelted with fireworks on Thursday. The perpetrators left a flyer stuck on the front door showing a picture of PVV leader Geert Wilders and the words: “White is better, own nation first! Immigrants must go! This is just the beginning''



COMMUNITY RALLIES FOR SOMALI FAMILY HIT IN RACIST ATTACK21 DECEMBER 2015
http://www.nltimes.nl/2015/12/21/community-rallies-for-somali-family-hit-in-racist-attack/


THE GUARDIANDUTCH PROTESTERS CLASH WITH POLICE OVERREFUGEE CENTRE

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2015/dec/17/dutch-protesters-clash-police-refugees-video



JUSTICE MIN DISAPPOINTED VILLAGERS ATTACK DEPUTY'S CAR7 OCTOBER 2015

http://www.nltimes.nl/2015/10/07/justice-min-disappointed-villagers-attacked-deputys-car/


(15)

SEE NOTE 14


(16)


''The infamous Geert Wilders, Dutch MP and leader of the islamophobic “Freedom Party” attended a Pegida demonstration in Dresden.''

DOORBRAAK.EUEUROPE'S RIGHT WING ''CIVIL WAR'' AGAINST REFUGEES27 OCTOBER 2015

http://www.doorbraak.eu/europes-right-wing-civil-war-against-refugees/



WIKIPEDIA PEGIDA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegida




(17)





''The community of Pannerden rallied around the Somali family in the town who was the target of a racist attack last. The family’s home was pelted with fireworks on Thursday. The perpetrators left a flyer stuck on the front door showing a picture of PVV leader Geert Wilders and the words: “White is better, own nation first! Immigrants must go! This is just the beginning''



COMMUNITY RALLIES FOR SOMALI FAMILY HIT IN RACIST ATTACK21 DECEMBER 2015
http://www.nltimes.nl/2015/12/21/community-rallies-for-somali-family-hit-in-racist-attack/






(18)



''The community of Pannerden rallied around the Somali family in the town who was the target of a racist attack last. The family’s home was pelted with fireworks on Thursday. The perpetrators left a flyer stuck on the front door showing a picture of PVV leader Geert Wilders and the words: “White is better, own nation first! Immigrants must go! This is just the beginning''



COMMUNITY RALLIES FOR SOMALI FAMILY HIT IN RACIST ATTACK21 DECEMBER 2015
http://www.nltimes.nl/2015/12/21/community-rallies-for-somali-family-hit-in-racist-attack/