Ari J. Kaufman(A7)
Since Hamas’ unprovoked Oct. 7 massacre, anti-Jewish hate has exploded on TikTok. This isn’t surprising, considering the Chinese communists who own TikTok have long encouraged antisemitism.
State-run media in China regularly say Jews control the world economy and foreign policy. Execrable social media types cheer on Hamas and claim Israelis are Nazis. Chinese company Baidu literally erased Israel from their maps. When Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visited Beijing this summer, China debated whether she had “dual loyalty” to the United States government and Wall Street.
Therefore, in the wake of Hamas’ genocidal pogrom last month, lies about Israel exploded on the Chinese-run social media platform. When reminded that massive misinformation and antisemitism engulf their platforms, TikTok claimed it’s trying to combat the surge in bigotry.
Until then, the brainwashing of the dumbest voices will continue as TikTok creates conditions for anti-Semitic violence on our streets.
Young people have long been the least informed among us, but TikTok’s bias has exacerbated their dangerous ignorance. Today, 70% of Americans aged 12–17, over 75% aged 18–24, and more than half of those aged 25–34 use TikTok for fake news. It’s also the top search engine for Generation Z, most of whom undoubtedly can’t find Gaza on a map.
By tweaking a TikTok algorithm, the CCP censors information and influences people on various issues and conclusions they draw from world affairs.
Like good leftists, Beijing bans criticism it doesn’t like. You can’t post a picture of Winnie the Pooh because it’s seen as a jab at President Xi Jinping, but you can rant about Jewish money-grubbing all you like.
The original argument for banning TikTok in the U.S. surrounded its broader threats to national security. However, the current iteration regards having a foreign power amplifying Jew-hatred to impressionable American minds the standard indictment of Zionism practices “apartheid.” That’s heinous libel, especially when Islamists wish death to all Jews, and China is the most nativist nation on Earth. Thanks to Nazi-like conceptions of racial purity, only 16,595 of China’s 1.4 billion citizens are naturalized citizens.
Not all Chinese citizens are equal. Many non-Han Chinese are second-class citizens, required to show passports to leave their territories. Han Chinese are erasing ancient cultures in Mongolia, Tibet, and particularly in Xinjiang, home of the Uyghurs. The Chinese, not Israelis, are practicing “settler-colonialism” on a grand scale.
The Uyghurs, who are predominantly Muslims, are thrown into slave prison camps and banned from practicing their religion. Their mosques and cemeteries are razed. This is rarely condemned by the hypocritical press. Judaism, which isn’t recognized as a religion, must be practiced secretly.
After meeting with Xi last June, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas risibly assured the world that China’s persecution of Muslim Uyghurs “had nothing to do with human rights.” He almost sounds like an illiterate basketball star or Google CEO.
But Israel, where more than one in five citizens are not Jewish, is a unique protector of human rights and democracy. While the United Nations downplays China’s abuses, the General Assembly has condemned Israel 140 times in the past decade. China? Zero.
Beijing’s fomenting hatred of Israel and Jews is clearly another distraction from its own sins and a way to encourage global antisemitism and anti-Americanism.
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But it doesn’t explain why so many Palestinian Arabs and privileged Western people believe that a truly oppressive regime has the moral authority to condemn Israel.
Nor does it explain why self-proclaimed proponents of liberal values are offended by Israel, the only Middle Eastern nation dedicated to a pluralistic democracy.
And it surely does not explain why, after a barbaric murder of Jewish children, the omnipresent media message is that Israel is the aggressor for protecting their civilians from real existential threats of genocide
Someone should ask the pro-Hamas students on TikTok. Or perhaps Joe Biden could have raised the issue Wednesday in San Francisco.
Ari J. Kaufman is the managing editor of the Tri-Cities Business Journal. He has written for several newspapers, is the author of three books, is a frequent guest on radio programs, and contributes to Israel National News and The Lid.