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?)
June 6, 2010 - 12:09 am
A month ago, in China’s Muslim Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, 140 Muslims were killed by the Chinese riot police. We are talking about Uighur Muslims whose lives on the media market only represent a fraction of the value of Arab Muslims killed by Jews.
I realize that nine Islamist activists who love to sing the evergreen “Death to Jews” — really, innocent folklore in those regions — killed by Israeli soldiers is an act without comparison in the world. It is the lowest and vilest thing that happened since the Holocaust. How dare they kill peace-loving Islamists who sing innocent lyrics like “Death to Jews”?
Still, think about what happened there in China. An astonishing 140 Muslims killed by the Chinese police. Okay, it’s not like nine killed by Jews, but it’s pretty bad.
There was almost no mentioning of these deaths in the Western media, but here and there you can find some reference to this “Holocaust’ (if the Turks and Palestinians call the death of nine Muslims a Holocaust, we easily can call this a Holocaust too, can’t we?).
What happened? AFP news agency quoted Alim Seytoff, general secretary of the Uighur American Association in Washington, as saying that police had begun “indiscriminately” shooting at protesting crowds.
Gee, that’s awful, isn’t it? Really, really awful. I mean, not as bad as nine peace-loving extremist Muslims killed by Jews, but still, pretty bad.
What do these Uighur Muslims want? Here it is: “Xinjiang’s eight million Uighurs have complained of political, cultural and religious persecution by Beijing and there have been repeated calls by Uighurs for independence.”
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.