China Unleashes Its Anti-Semites

November 20, 2023 | Tuvia Gering
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The massacre, abduction, rape, and torture of Jews has not only prompted an eruption of anti-Semitism at American universities, but also in China. Tuvia Gering writes that hatred of Jews has “surged . . . like never before” in the country:

As if on cue, Chinese voices have been working en masse to dehumanize Jews and demonize Israel in the propaganda equivalent of the Three Gorges Dam collapsing, inundating the minds of China with toxic waste. Authoritative Chinese voices set the tone for what is now reverberating throughout the People’s Republic echo chamber.

On [October 10, a] viral post by the state-run China Central Television (CCTV) read, “Jews, who account for 3 percent of the U.S. population, manipulate and control 70 percent of the country’s wealth.” It went on to describe U.S. presidential candidates’ obeisance to Jewish capital in an effort to explain the Biden administration’s unwavering support for Israel.

Chinese public-opinion leaders heard the dog whistle and sprang into action. “Hamas went too soft on Israel,” opined the award-winning online influencer Su Lin soon after. “Isn’t Israel today a Jewish version of the Nazis?” she asked rhetorically.

Racist cartoons, Hitler memes, swastikas, and quotes from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion are now ubiquitous in comments sections. The anti-Semitic outburst is best illustrated by Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, which Chinese users review-bombed, causing its score on the video-sharing website BiliBili to drop from over 9 points to a low of 4.1 points. One user commented, “The victims have long since become the perpetrators.”

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