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Palestinians, Uighurs, and the Curiously Selective Media

If the deaths of nine Muslim "peace activists" with guns and knives is an international crisis, then surely 140 Uighurs killed by Chinese police must be as well. Surely. (Also read Roger L. Simon: Did Markos Moulitsas sleep through Lawrence of Arabia?)

Leon de Winter


June 6, 2010 - 12:09 am
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That sounds like Palestinians, doesn’t it? Eight million Uighur Muslims being denied their own Uighur state is bad, really bad. But not as bad of course as the Jews denying the Palestinians their own state, which is really the number one cause for peace-loving activists in the world. But hey, these Uighurs, whoever they are, want to have a state (why not?) and the Chinese kill them by the hundreds (yeah, they killed hundreds of them last year, too)!

Can’t we send some help to these Uighurs? After those peace-loving activists on the Turkish ships come home, can’t they take on the Chinese? It’s clear that 140 dead Uighurs isn’t worse than nine anti-Israel Muslims — but, I mean, when these activists can take on the Jews, who are really evil, they can also take on the Chinese, can’t they? I’m sure these peace-loving activists don’t want to make any distinction between Palestinian and Uighur Muslims, do they? Injustice is injustice, it seems to me.

So there are now hundreds of frustrated peace-loving activists out of work, biting their nails, and here is a great cause! Fight the Chinese. Help the Uighur Muslims achieve independence! Boycott Chinese products! Return your iPhones and iPads!

I want to see a flotilla sailing up to Shanghai and up the Yangtze River! These Uighurs really need help! Have to eat plain white rice and really can’t get access to the local Roots Club like the Gazan elites!

You’ll see how the Chinese will welcome our activists! With open arms! Really! We need to stop the killing of innocent Uighur Muslims, and we need experienced flotilla people leading the way.

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Leon de Winter is a novelist and columnist for Elsevier Magazine in the Netherlands. His last novel, The Right of Return is a thriller set in Tel Aviv in 2024. He presently lives in Los Angeles.
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