Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Uighurs

Palestinians in Israel's Occupied Territories, and, to a lesser degree, within Israel proper, have it rough, for sure, with few prospects of improvement. The cameras are on them. Still, it's worth contemplating the even more abysmal fate of China's Muslim population, the Uighurs, where few cameras penetrate.

As per a recent report in the Atlantic:

"One million Muslims are being held right now in Chinese internment camps, according to estimates cited by the UN and U.S. officials. Former inmates—most of whom are Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic minority—have told reporters that over the course of an indoctrination process lasting several months, they were forced to renounce Islam, criticize their own Islamic beliefs and those of fellow inmates, and recite Communist Party propaganda songs for hours each day. There are media reports of inmates being forced to eat pork and drink alcohol, which are forbidden to Muslims, as well as reports of torture and death."

Chinese Muslims are treated to the old fashioned clenched fist approach of communism, still available when modernization isn't enough. As per a broadcast in China, explaining the mass detention of the Uighurs: "The religious extremist ideology [aka Islam] is a type of poisonous medicine, which confuses the mind of the people."

Such religiosity is treated as a form of mental illness, to which detention by the thousands will provide the cure.

How very Soviet, how echt-Stalin.

There are many solid reasons why Americans, and others, are preoccupied with the fate of Palestinians, and become obsessed, even vicious, about conflicting approaches to remediation. But it would be nice if we could suspend such presumably well-intentioned intramural hostilities and spare a thought for the fate of the Uighurs.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/08/china-pathologizing-uighur-muslims-mental-illness/568525/


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