OK, this is just plain weird -- an Israeli family living in Canada is refusing to be deported ... back to Israel? What's up with that?
Immigration authorities say they are still determined to deport an Israeli family who have sought sanctuary in a Newfoundland church basement.
So what's the problem? Some sort of threat to life or well-being if they return to Israel?
A humanitarian application filed on behalf of the Portnoy family was rejected this week, just days after Angela Portnoy gave birth to the family's fifth child.
"Humanitarian?" OK, so no life-threatening issues here. Then what?
A key element of the Portnoys' appeal is the future of the five children. Three of them were born in Canada, although Cohen emphasizes that three of the children require medical attention — including one for cystic fibrosis and another for language therapy.
I'm sorry -- they want to stay because they'll get better medical care? What, they don't have doctors and health care and language therapists in Israel? Here, let me give you Israelis some advice -- stop spending so much fucking money every year on tanks and guns and missiles and bullets and fighter jets and attack helicopters, and invest more of it in a decent health care system, and stop leaching off of ours.
I love the irony: "Support Israel," but not to the extent of actually, you know, wanting to live there.
THE PRE-EMPTIVE IRONY STRIKE. I figured it wouldn't take long before someone picked up on that "kids were born in Canada" meme, but I thought I'd be polite and wait for it to surface first.
I haven't seen any mention of this story over at Assclown Central yet but, if any of them try that rationalization for fighting the deportation, that will be irony of the highest order.
See, if you read the article, you'll notice that the family has been resisting the deportation since 2004, but the mother just gave birth to a son. So, to begin with, one can fairly ask what kind of mother decides to get pregnant and have yet another child in the midst of fighting a deportation order? But that's not the best part.
The idea of non-citizens coming into the country and having children just for the sake of the subsequent citizenship is absolutely infuriating to right-wing Americans, to the extent that they've coined a derogatory phrase for such children -- "anchor babies." And from that article, you can tell that America's wankers are none too happy with what they see as a gaping loophole in the citizenship laws.
So it's going to be entertaining to see if Canada's wankers pick up on this story and actually take advantage of this feature to criticize the deportation order. After all, you know as well as I do that, if the mother in question had been Nicaraguan or Guatemalan or Vietnamese, all of those same Blogging Tories would be fighting for the chance to personally drive that woman and her squalling brats to the airport for the first flight out. But since she's Israeli ... now what? Oh, man, you can just smell the cognitive dissonance from here, can't you?
How about we all just grab a coffee, pull up a chair, lean back and, with any luck, watch the BTs tie themselves in knots arguing against their normal, anti-immigrant tendencies. Where else are you going to get that kind of entertainment without having to pay for it?