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‘An amazing friend of the Jewish community’: Jewish leaders support Grenell appointment to Holocaust memorial council



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President Donald Trump on Tuesday named three of his supporters to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, including Richard Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence. 

Many Jewish leaders supported the decision, including founder of Americans Against Antisemitism (AAA) Dov Hikind.

“I know Grenell, he’s an amazing guy, I think he’s a great addition. His sensitivity to the Holocaust, the Jewish people… I am absolutely thrilled,” Hikind, who is the son of Holocaust survivors, told reporter Jennie Taer on Wednesday.

Grenell served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany before overseeing the nation’s 17 spy agencies, which made him the first openly gay person to hold a Cabinet position. He previously served as U.S. spokesman at the United Nations in the George W. Bush administration.

“He is a very special individual with tremendous sensitivity for other people and an amazing friend of the Jewish community in every single way. I wish more of my Jewish friends were as committed as he is to the Jewish people,” Hikind continued.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Council was established by Congress in 1980 to supervise the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Trump previously nominated other allies to the council, including Andrew Giuliani, the son of the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani.

Grenell will serve a five-year term on the Council.

“He is a wonderful addition to anything relating to the Holocaust because of who he is and what he’s all about,” Hikind said.

Jennie Taer contributed to this report.

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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world



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China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.

Key findings of the report are below.

“Persuaded to return”

According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.

Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.

The Nine Forbidden Countries

China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.


According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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