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Religious Oppression in China Worsening

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This story was first published by The Dark Wire Investigation Foundation

The Kaifeng Jews are apart of a small Jewish community in Kaifeng, in the Henan province of China. About 1,000 people make up the Jewish community in Kaifeng.

Deng Xiaoping was the leader of the People’s Republic of China until 1989. Under his leadership, the Kaifeng Jews were able to rebuild a small synagogue and practice their religion freely. The Jewish community in Kaifeng felt alive again.

In 2013, Xi Jinping became the president of China. Under his leadership, cooperation with foreign religious institutions became strictly forbidden.

All Jewish signs were removed and the Kaifeng synagogue was turned into a “Community Comprehensive Cultural Service Center” by authorities. Personnel assigned by the government monitored the location to ensure no illegal activities were taking place, Bitterwinter.org reports.

Only religion approved by the government is allowed. “Judaism is not one of the five authorized religions, believers were told, and therefore is illegal,” authorities tell the community, according to Bitterwinter.org.

During religious holidays, Kaifeng Jews are scared to congregate, as people could report them to the police for celebrating.

The religious oppression in China is present to this day, as Xi Jinping is still in power and prohibits the Kaifeng Jews from practicing their religion freely.

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Analysis: Biden unlikely to sanction Iran’s oil exports, gas prices ‘critical during an election year’

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Analysts say President Joe Biden is unlikely to “prompt dramatic sanctions action on Iran’s oil exports” due to “worries about boosting oil prices and angering top buyer China” according to Reuters.

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, House Republican Representative Steve Scalise, said the administration had made it easier for Iran to sell its oil, generating revenues that were being used to “go fund terrorist activity.”

The Biden administration has maintained for months that among its primary goals is to keep the Gaza conflict between terror group Hamas and Israel from turning into a wider regional war. However, House Republican leaders accused President Joe Biden of failing to enforce existing measures and said they would take up this week a series of bills to sharpen sanctions on Iran.

Kimberly Donovan, a sanctions and anti-money laundering expert at the Atlantic Council, said that oil-related sanctions have not been strictly enforced in the past couple of years.

“I would not expect the administration to tighten enforcement in response to Iran’s missile and drone attacks against Israel over the weekend, mainly for concerns (that) could lead to increases in oil prices,” she said.

“The price of oil and ultimately the prices of gas at the pump become critical during an election year.”
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