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By the time this article is published, Israel will have inoculated more than 10% of its citizens with the COVID-19 vaccine. Israel is currently leading the world in vaccine distribution.
Still, the Jewish State’s success has been viewed by many as a failure. The best example of this is the media’s reporting, which has sought to present the situation falsely, suggesting that Israel is keeping Palestinians out of the picture entirely.
Outlets such as The Guardian, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, Al Jazeera and NPR have put out headlines that suggest Israel is intentionally keeping the COVID-19 vaccine from Palestinians as antisemites continue to use the virus to spread modern-day blood libels.
But headlines such as NPR’s that read, “As Israel leads in COVID-19 vaccines per capita, Palestinians still await shots,” and The Guardian’s headline “Palestinians excluded from Israeli Covid vaccine rollout as jabs go to settlers” are misleading the public on what’s actually happening between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
In her recent analysis of the media’s “canard,” The Jerusalem Post’s Lahav Harkov pointed to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which in March published an article on how the pandemic “elevates antisemitic, racist tropes.”
In the piece, the ADL focused on the hate that’s spread online, showcasing a number of antisemites spreading the lie that Jews and the Jewish State are intentionally spreading the virus. Harkov argues that unlike social media users, journalists are held to higher standards and are expected to bring unbiased reports to the public’s attention. In this case, they’re not, she argues.
“…in recent days, supposedly respectable news sites that are supposed to check facts and be accountable to the truth are spreading the same bile as Iranian Holocaust-denial cartoon contest runner-up Carlos Latuff in that example from the ADL article,” Harkov writes.
She explains that by reading the articles, one “would get the impression that Israel has engaged in some kind of conspiracy to, well, trap the Palestinians with the spiky coronavirus balls.”
Moreover, Harkov writes that you have “to get halfway through the Guardian story before you reach the following: ‘Despite the delay, the [Palestinian] Authority has not officially asked for help from Israel. Coordination between the two sides halted last year after the Palestinian president cut off security ties for several months.'”
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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world
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.
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