Tachles with Aviel – Compared to the Palestinians, the Uyghurs are unlucky!

The Palestinians are lucky to have Israel as their enemy and “oppressor.” I’ve been saying that for years.

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: palestinians, Gaza
Demonstration against China's mistreatment of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang province near the Chinese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on December 27, 2019. EPA-EFE/FAZRY ISMAIL
Demonstration against China's mistreatment of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang province near the Chinese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on December 27, 2019. EPA-EFE/FAZRY ISMAIL

Without Israel, the Palestinians would not be an issue at all. No one would shout “Free Palestine” in mass demonstrations in major European cities. The Palestinians and their problem would probably be as unknown to the world public as the Uyghurs in China, who are also fighting for independence. China is a giant on the world stage, but not the Chosen People. And that’s why the Uyghurs are hardly in the headlines of the world media.

The world must act urgently to contain the conflict in the Gaza Strip, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said last week at a meeting in the Chinese capital with his counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Indonesia and the heads of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation. China is stepping up its efforts to bring about a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

“The international community must act urgently and take effective measures to prevent an even greater tragedy. China stands firmly on the side of justice and fairness in this conflict,” Wang told state and government officials in his opening speech before the talks, in which he reiterated China’s call for an immediate ceasefire. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud made a similar statement: “The message is clear: the war must stop immediately, we must move to a ceasefire immediately, and aid and support must arrive immediately.” China didn’t say a word about the barbaric attack by the Nazi-like Palestinian Hamas terrorists.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (L) during a high-level meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the conflict between Israel and Hamas at the United Nations headquarters in New York, November 29, 2023. EPA-EFE/ JUSTIN LANE

Nobody is on the side of justice and fairness, especially not China and its colleagues. Words are babbled in front of the camera that simply don’t make any sense, but nonsense always finds enough people to swallow it. Or are there different justices and different models of fairness? The Chinese want to be fair and just toward the Palestinians, but China is not fair and just toward its own Muslims. The Muslim minority lives in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China and insists on their own land. The Chinese leadership doesn’t want that. With around 11 million Muslims, the Uyghurs are the largest minority group in the country. This is classic hypocrisy, no Arab government, and certainly not the Palestinian Authority, criticizes China for the persecution of its Muslim population.

They are indifferent to the persecution of large Muslim communities in Myanmar, India and China. In Myanmar, the Beijing-backed regime has carried out a genocidal program against Muslims, particularly the Rohingya, triggering a mass exodus. More than a million people found refuge in neighboring countries. Many villages were destroyed, tens of thousands of women and girls were raped and more than 25,000 people were killed. The Arab world and especially the Muslim governments seemed to ignore this.

Sign: “The Uyghurs shout: Where are the Muslim armies?” A woman with a child during a protest against China’s alleged mistreatment of Muslim Uyghurs, near the Chinese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on December 27, 2019. EPA-EFE/FAZRY ISMAIL

“When Chinese government officials burn Korans, tear down mosques, prevent the practice of Islam and regularly commit systematic genocide against Muslims in the Uyghur region, no Islamic country and no Muslim raises their voices,” Omer Kanat, co-founder and executive committee chairman of the World Uyghur Congress, told JNS in June. “It’s really shameful,” Kanat added. “Are we Uyghurs less Muslim than other Muslims in the world? Those who support the Muslim minority are Jews. There are Jewish groups that have absolutely no connection to the Uyghurs but are very vocal in denouncing the genocide of our people by the Chinese government,” he noted. “We Uyghurs will never forget that.”

All over the world Muslims are suffering, but on the evening news and social media it looks like the Palestinian Muslims are somehow unique. And why? Because the Jews and Israel are their enemies. If the Muslim Uyghurs had God’s chosen people as their so-called arch-enemy, then the poor Uyghurs would probably have much better opportunities in the world media than they do now. China may be a giant, but it is not the chosen people.

China not only prevents condemnation of Hamas in the United Nations, but also promotes clear pro-Palestinian policies. In the Middle East conflict, China is entirely on the side of the Palestinian Muslims, who also insist on “their” land. In this case, Chinese justice takes on a different shade.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) being welcomed by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang (L) in Beijing on May 8, 2013. Photo: EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL

In Jerusalem, people are completely disappointed with China after a decade of economic rapprochement. Israel has given up many things in order to get closer to China. From warnings about China’s increasing control over strategic assets and companies in Israel to blocking a Mossad agent’s testimony about China’s financial aid to Hamas just to allow Benjamin Netanyahu’s state visit in 2013. Israel’s entire approach to China has collapsed. It must wake up from its illusions, but it will not be easy to burn bridges with Beijing. As Chinese President Xi Jinping announced in June, China will strengthen cooperation with the Palestinians and work for a lasting solution to the Palestinian issue. The reason for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s visit to China was money and urgent support for the ailing Palestinian economy, which had a deficit of 1.15 billion euros in 2021. “The liberation struggle is the best deal for the rich and political families of the Palestinian leadership,” a Palestinian from Ramallah told me years ago. The countries are flooding the Palestinians with donations and the beneficiaries are the elite around Mahmoud Abbas and the Hamas families in the Gaza Strip. Khaled Mashaal, Ismail Haniya and others are today worth billions and living in luxury in places like Qatar.

The fact is that the Palestine conflict only benefits because Israel is involved. Otherwise all rich Palestinians in politics would still be poor people today. Anyone who is frustrated and wants the attention of the world must have a suitable enemy. The Palestinians have it. The Uyghurs don’t.