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Israel Must Take in Afghans Fleeing the Taliban Israel Must Take in Afghan Refugees Fleeing the Taliban

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America has declared its longest war, in Afghanistan, is over, but the humanitarian crisis is far from resolution. It’s time for Israel to play its role, and contribute its moral share, in alleviating the Afghan refugee disaster. Israel must join the international community in its efforts to help Afghans fleeing the Taliban regime.

This most recent Afghan tragedy proved that the world once again, as in previous humanitarian calamities, acted too slowly and did very little. Yet late is better than never. All Western democracies, with the U.S. in the lead, have been trying to airlift as many Afghans as possible threatened by the brutality of the radical, fundamentalist version of Islam innate to the Taliban regime.

Over 140,000 Afghans have already found their way out of the country by air from Kabul in an operation conducted mostly by the U.S. military but also by the UK, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, and other nations.

The doomsday scenario in Kabul have often been compared to those in Saigon in 1975, when South Vietnamese were evacuated by helicopter from the rooftop of the U.S. embassy. But the Kabul operation is more of a reminder of the heroic British evacuation from Dunkirk, France, way back in 1940, during the Second World War.

The massive Afghan evacuation was made possible by the brave servicemen and servicewomen who risked their lives to bring people to safety, despite enormous hazards including terror attacks.

Many of the Afghan refugees had worked and cooperated with the U.S. or its NATO allies in the military, security intelligence and diplomatic fields as agents, translators, advisers and clerks. Among them are also a........

© Haaretz

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