German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffers from a decided lack of charm and charisma. One particularly slow news day last July, she endured a clumsily choreographed photo-op with a gaggle of teenage students that prompted newspaper headlines around the world to crow: "Merkel makes Palestinian refugee girl cry!"

This so-called "refugee" (born and raised in Lebanon, actually) had suffered an unfortunate auto accident leaving her partially paralyzed and in need of expensive medical attention. Her family opted to exploit Germany's generous asylum laws, which granted cost-free medical care while they awaited a prolonged decision on their spurious application for asylum.  According to social media archives, this precocious and outspoken teenager vilified Israel's very existence. Hamas would indeed be proud.

Needless to say, "refugee status" cannot be inherited from generation to generation, so Chancellor Merkel correctly reminded her:

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