August 04, 2020

How Jewish Americans can help stop China’s genocide of Uighur Muslims

By ​Coby Goldberg

It is a well-documented fact that China is engaged in cultural and physical genocide against the Uighurs, a Muslim group who once constituted a majority in the province of Xinjiang. China is attempting to erase Uighur culture by shuttering mosques, banning the Uighur language in schools, and holding more than one-million Uighurs in “re-education” camps where they are subject to torture and forced labor.

China has quietly initiated a physical genocide by sterilizing Uighur women. Local governments’ family planning documents refer explicitly to target numbers for sterilizations. In the largest Uighur population centers, Uighur birth rates have dropped by 84% since 2015.

Beyond economic action, the U.S. must take a more unequivocal stance on the atrocities in Xinjiang.

Jews around the world keep the memory of the Holocaust alive in order to prevent genocide from being perpetrated again. China’s actions are, in the words of United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, “reminiscent of something not seen for a long time.” The question is not why to take action on Xinjiang, but how.

Read the full article from The Forward.

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