Religious Oppression in China Worsening
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.