How China encourages online anti-Semitism to divide the West

The head of the Chinese regime, Xi Jinping, with his Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, in a file photograph. Beijing increased anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric online to hit Western democracies (EFE) (MINH HOANG / POOL/)

According to one opinion column of Josh Rogin in Washington Postthere has been a considerable increase in anti-Semitic content on social networks and on the Internet controlled by the Chinese regime, an increase that the author describes as “a tsunami of anti-Semitic rhetoric that has been allowed to spread on Chinese social networks”.

According to the international analyst and also columnist of cnnthis increase has remained sustained since the terrorist attack in Hamas to Israel on October 7, a phenomenon that indicates a possible approval or even promotion by the regime of Xi Jinping. rogin maintains that this increase in anti-Semitic discourse is a conscious decision by China and points out that “Beijing’s promotion of anti-Semitism is not only harmful to Jews, but also a dangerous manipulation of its own people”.

The opinion of rogin argues that some of the content includes Comparisons of Jews to Nazis in videos related to the Israel-Gaza war in Weiboone of the largest platforms in China. The state-controlled media has spread Conspiracy theories about the American Jewish community, including false statistics such as that a small number of American Jews control most of the power and wealth in the United States. USA.

It has been reported that the United States Department of State is beginning to publicly question the promotion of anti-Semitism by China. Aaron Keyakdeputy special envoy of the State Department to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, has indicated in an interview that “What we saw after October 7 was a drastic change in social media within China. Anti-Semitism became more unleashed, freer”. “And since we know that the Chinese Internet is not free, it is a conscious decision by the Chinese government to allow that type of rhetoric to increase greatly”he added.

The regime led by Xi Jinping denies that it encourages or even allows online antisemitism. However, despite the denials of the Chinese Communist Party (PCC), rogin highlights that evidence shows that on the Internet, where no opinion can flourish without government approval, anti-Semitism has increased notably.

Delving into the implications of these actions, rogin notes that China is now more actively involved in what its citizens post and view online compared to countries like USA. A report of Freedom House indicates that China possesses the “most sophisticated internet censorship device in the world” and that once the government signals its support for a particular opinion or narrative, Chinese netizens know that promoting that line brings recognition and benefits.

Yaqiu Wangresearch director of Freedom House for China, Hong Kong and Taiwanmentioned by rogincomments that “The government created an environment where it is easy for anti-Semitic content to thrive.”. “And people know that if they amplify what the government says, it’s safe. And the more nationalistic they become, the more clicks they get”, he stressed.

In addition to anti-Semitic rhetoric, content has emerged on the Chinese internet that favors Hamas and postures anti-Israel. Chinese technology companies, which operate under strict guidelines from the censors of Beijingthey even temporarily deleted Israel of their maps.

Rogin also quoted Miles Yu, a former US State Department official: “Right now, it is very dangerous to be pro-Israel inside China without suffering some kind of punishment. That’s the atmosphere. The reason China chose this moment to take a decidedly anti-Israel stance is because China views Israel as a close ally of the West.”.

roginwho is a columnist in Washington Post and known for his foreign policy analysis, highlights that these policies not only represent a distortion of the news and sow resentment among Chinese citizens, but also that hateful content does not remain in China. The global reach of the Chinese regime’s state media and propaganda is extensive and promoting distrust in Western democracy is a key pillar of China’s international diplomacy. China.

rogin concludes by saying that Beijing sees the push for anti-Semitism as a tool to promote your national interestswhich represents a problem for USA and anyone who cares about the well-being of Jews anywhere because it spreads.