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A variety of groups of Chinese speakers have expressed their support for Gaza.
A variety of groups of Chinese speakers have expressed their support for Gaza.

A variety of groups of Chinese speakers have expressed their support for Gaza.

400 deaths

The conflict between Israel and Gaza has caught the eye of the Chinese-speaking community, with 400 fatalities recorded after five months of ongoing violence.

32,000 Palestinians have died., an imminent famine in northern Gaza, and little progressunceasing efforts to

on the release of captive Israelites. Despite consistent efforts by the Chinese government to resolve the situation,

Critical comments towards Israel from an outside perspective.

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Since the destruction in Gaza, people from different backgrounds and using different platforms have expressed their opposition to the actions of the Israeli government. ongoing violations

This conversation about human rights and humanitarian law is partly driven by nationalist individuals in mainland China.
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Showing support and standing in unity with Palestinians of different intersections/identities.

They have utilized the internet to spread news, coordinated gatherings, and staged demonstrations in order to bring attention to and fight against unfairness.

The people of Hong Kong have shown support for Gaza by mobilizing. Recent Instagram accounts have appeared, includingFrom Hong Kong to Palestine (hkpals)ZINE COOP

, a group of independent publishers based in Hong Kong, established63 different pro-Palestinian zines and posted them on Instagram. The Lausan Collective shared

The Hong Kong Free Press shared a report by James Lee about the Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese translations of the poem “If I Must Die” by Palestinian poet Refaat Alareer, who tragically lost his life in a December Israeli airstrike.

Last month, the HK Anti-war Mobilization organized a protest in Hong Kong against Israel’s actions in Gaza, describing it as a “massacre”. :

On Saturday, a group of five individuals participated in a quiet demonstration by displaying signs reading “ceasefire now” and “Gaza stop the massacre.” One sign specifically accused Chinese company Hikvision of assisting with Israeli surveillance.

The protesters declared a demand for Russia to remove its troops from Ukraine and for Israel to initiate a ceasefire and terminate the blockade of Gaza.

The statement asserted that Israel should call for an end to hostilities, remove their troops, and promptly end the longstanding blockade on Gaza.

[…] In an Instagram post issued after the demonstration, the group said it opposed the “indiscriminate abduction and killing of Israelis” by Hamas, but that such actions did not justify the “massacre” in Gaza.

Local media reported that the police officers present at the scene recorded the personal details of the demonstrators.Source]

COMlyph and linjian0713 have published photos and artwork expressing solidarity

Groups from Taiwan have been actively expressing their support for Gaza as well. On Instagram, users like COMlyph and linjian0713 have shared images and art displaying solidarity.theinsecurityleague and gaze4gaza that sprung up after the start of the war have shared dozens of Mandarin Chinese-language news posts highlighting Palestinians’ struggle against Israeli occupation. Other news-media accounts began focusing their coverage on the deteriorating situation in Gaza (coolloud) and even called on followers to help donate money towards e-SIMs for Palestinians in Gaza (yallatw ENERGY

Uphill Books, located in New Taipei City, displayed their collection of literature on Palestine and energy.shared posts supportive of Palestinian resistance. 

Expanding this advocacy beyond online platforms, the Taiwan Action Front for Palestineorganized a march to the American Institute in Taiwan to protest American support for “Israel’s genocide in Gaza” and to demand a ceasefire. In March, New Bloom Magazine hosted a bilingual event with For Peace Taiwan

The Instagram account “forpeacetw” shared a piece called “Anti-Colonial Queer Politics, Pinkwashing, & the Critique of Zionist Settler Colonialism.” A segment of the post is included below.

“The proceeds will be used to support relief efforts for Palestinians.”

Randy Mulyanto, a journalist from Arab News, conducted interviews with several members of the groups, who shared their descriptions.similarities between Taiwanese and Palestinian struggles for self-determination

Pin-Tsun Huang, a volunteer for For Peace Taiwan, stated that both Palestine and Taiwan share the experience of being a suppressed nation. Due to Israel’s control over the voice of the Palestinian people and China’s control over the voice of the Taiwanese people, we are unable to have representation on the global platform.

One could also make the case that Taiwan is similar to Palestine in the sense that we are currently being oppressed by a powerful neighboring country. Additionally, they refuse to allow us to have autonomy.

[…] “New Bloom sought to inform the public about Palestine, to hopefully lead to further consideration of places where Taiwan and Palestine share certain similarities or parallels,” said [Brian Hioe, founding editor of New Bloom].

It is an issue that we believe deserves increased attention, and as members of Taiwanese society, we aim to advocate for a change in societal perceptions towards the matter.

“This is no different than us standing in solidarity with Hong Kong, Ukraine or elsewhere.” [Source]

The Uyghur community has openly linked various marginalized groups together. For instance, the Uyghur Collective established connections. sympathetic parallels between Aaron Bushnell’s self-immolation and Tibetan self-immolations. (Aaron Bushnell, a serving member of the U.S. Air Force, died after self-immolating in front of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. in late February to protest the death and suffering of Palestinians in Gaza.) Human-rights lawyer Rayhan Asat referenced similar struggles that Muslims face in Gaza, Xinjiang, Myanmar, and Sudan during Ramadan, and she highlighted common critiques from Uyghurs and Palestinians in response to Chinese officials whitewashing suffering. While the European Uyghur Institute lamented

The Uyghur genocide has been overshadowed by the wars in Gaza and Ukraine. However, a principled thread was shared about it on X (formerly known as Twitter).

I am asking for a halt in the fighting in Gaza and advocating for assistance for all those affected by colonialism.:

We strongly condemn the labeling of activities that aid Palestinian individuals and the lawful fight for self-determination and liberation from oppression as criminal.

[…] ⚠️ Condemning the despicable and criminal attacks of October 7 by Hamas and supporting the Israeli victims and the hundreds of hostages does not mean supporting the Israeli army or the Israeli government.

Similarly, offering assistance to the growing number of Palestinian casualties and standing behind their rightful fight against occupation and colonialism does not equate to endorsing Hamas.

As the mission of @UyghurInstitute is to advocate for the rights of the Uyghur community and oppose Chinese colonization, it naturally stands in solidarity with other oppressed groups who are also under colonization.

[…] ❌ But to talk about the future and peace, the bombings must definitively stop and the hostages must be returned home. [French]

65-year history, the Chinese regime never gave any indication of being concerned with the suffering of Muslims in Palestine.

No other Uyghur organizations have addressed the situation in Gaza. Throughout its 65-year existence, the Chinese government has shown no signs of being troubled by the hardships facing Muslims in Palestine.Ramadan press releasecomment

Rushan Abbas, the Executive Director of the Campaign for Uyghurs (CFU), emphasized the need for the global Muslim community and human rights advocates to unite during Ramadan to address the issue of Muslim suffering. However, the statement failed to acknowledge the countless suffering of Palestinian Muslims in Gaza, who make up 99 percent of the population. The CFU’s message highlights the silence of the international community and its role in allowing the perpetrators to continue their atrocities. According to the Center for Uyghurs Studies’ Executive Director, Abdulhakim Idris, the responsibility to address the suffering of Uyghurs during Ramadan falls not only on the Muslim community but also on a world that values religious freedom.similar Ramadan statement

The text did not mention Palestinian Muslims, but criticized the rest of the Muslim world for not speaking out against the persecution of Uyghur Muslims. It urged the world to stand up for them or else allow the CCP to continue oppressing Islam and Muslims.

Several prominent Tibetans have publicly addressed the subject of Gaza. One such figure is Pema Doma, Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet, who stated, “.

Our pursuit of liberty is forever interlinked as a collective effort.

The Boston branch of Students for a Free Tibet advocated for the liberation of Tibet and Palestine in December by stating, “Free Tibet. Free Palestine.”organized a “Tibet x Palestine Teach-in” and condemned “the Israeli regime’s settler-colonial occupation of Palestine.” While amplifying content Tsering Shakya, a scholar, sympathetically compared the self-immolation of Aaron Bushnell
while condemning Israel’s use of Chinese technology in its occupation of Palestine, Tsering Shakya drew parallels between the actions of Aaron Bushnell, who self-immolated, and Tibetan self-immolations.

This is the result of anger triggered by a sense of unfairness.. Rage emerges when change is possible but doesn’t happen.” In an interview with Abhinandan Mishra for India’s Sunday Guardian, writer and poet Tenzin Tsundue

“I analyzed the freedom struggles of Palestine, Tibet, Ukraine, and other nations with a geopolitical perspective.” :

In the present day, the fight for freedom is not just a single movement, but rather involves a complex interplay of different interests and issues on a global scale. Ukraine and Palestine serve as visible illustrations of this. Revolutions are born in moments of optimism when people have been pushed to the brink of hopelessness and have nothing else to lose. The current insecurity of Xi Jinping and China’s international isolation present opportunities for hope, but the strict actions taken against Tibet will only lead Tibetans towards another uprising.Source]

Northern Square is another popular Sinophone diaspora group that has increasingly been commenting on Gaza. A self-described “outlet for people to question the status quo in China” that provides “a space for voices often marginalized in broader narratives,” it has shared resources for learning about the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in its Linktreeis notedshared a post with Chinese translations of the chapter “Learning from Palestine” from the book “

What are some questions you need to consider before your Bat Mitzvah?

What inquiries should you think about prior to your Bat Mitzvah?

The book provides thought-provoking insights for young Jewish individuals to cultivate a sense of connection to the Jewish radical legacy, dismantle their understanding of Zionism, and strengthen their alliance with Palestinians. This also covers the notifications and comments.shared another post, along with other Sinophone groups, urging their followers to sign an open letter calling on the Venice Biennale to reject Israel’s participation, given the ongoing “genocide” in Gaza. 

54 of 100 countries granted women the right to vote

“Out of 100 countries, 54 allowed women to vote on International Women’s Day.”

A group of feminist organizations from various regions of China collaboratively posted a dual-language message on Instagram connecting feminist beliefs to the Palestinian fight for freedom.. These groups include Cnfeminsimto (whose members

Both are located in both Mainland China and Canada.nvzei_collective_wbg (from the College of William and Mary in the U.S.), feminsitchina_jp (from Japan), crispydcfeminists (from Washington, D.C.), weareallchainedwomen, and pal_solidarity_zh

On this day of celebrating women around the world, let us pay tribute to the Palestinian women and acknowledge their strength in fighting against Israeli colonization, oppression, and violence. They serve as beacons of inspiration, lighting the way towards revolution.

As queer/feminist activists in the Chinese diaspora, it is important to keep in mind:

We are against the methods employed by colonial feminism in promoting and normalizing the persistent Zionist control of the Palestinian land, the displacement of Palestinians, and the constant hostility towards Palestinian existence.

We reaffirm that Palestine is a feminist issue and assert that feminism is incompatible with Zionism. [Source]

posts are photos of Palestinian and Chinese participants at rallies, screenshots of Chinese articles on Palestine, and calls for “policies of anti-racism, decolonization,

The Palestine Solidarity Action Network is a diaspora group, known for advocating against Chinese involvement in Israel’s occupation, apartheid, and war crimes. Through their Instagram account (pal_solidarity_zh), they share images from rallies that include both Palestinian and Chinese participants, as well as articles about Palestine from Chinese sources. They also promote the need for anti-racist and decolonization policies.
There are multiple posts and a large amount of replies.
Twitter posts is a Chinese translation of the poem“I, Too,” by Langston Hughes

“Your Talk on Artistic Skill is Worthless, as My Community is Suffering,” a work by Noor Hindi, a poet of Palestinian and American descent, and “I, Too,” authored by Langston Hughes.another

On Thursday, a post was shared that expressed criticism towards Chinese universities, academics, and students for their perceived involvement in Israel’s alleged systematic mistreatment of Palestinian cultural and educational establishments. The group responsible for organizing the post aimed to raise awareness of this issue.online teach-in

The post, titled “Against Settler Colonialism and Surveillance State: From Palestine to ‘Xinjiang’,” featured anthropologist Darren Byler and was shared on International Women’s Day. Additionally, a separate post on Instagram was shared in honor of the holiday.

Rewording: There is a necessity for using intersectional approaches to address the issue of state oppression against marginalized communities in China and Israel.:

The significance of the Palestinian liberation movement is clear in China’s decolonial feminism, as the Chinese Communist Party uses the same reasoning of freeing women from patriarchy to justify their oppressive rule in minority regions. While the Chinese government showcases individual Uyghur women, like Dilraba on the Spring Festival Gala, as a means to promote ethnic harmony, they also implement forced birth control measures to supposedly promote gender equality and reproductive health. However, in reality, a large number of Uyghurs, particularly women, are imprisoned in detention centers and subjected to violence such as sexual assault and forced sterilization. Despite the Chinese government viewing real feminists as enemies, the notion of “imperialist feminism” perpetuates Islamophobia throughout the country. This leads to the distorted belief that Uyghur men are “terrorists” and Uyghur women require saving. Under the threat of violence from the state, Uyghur women are coerced into “Han-Uyghur marriages,” which can be seen as a form of sexual violence.

“What is our moral duty to stand with all survivors when a Uyghur human rights lawyer, Rayhan Asat, who advocates for the rights of Palestinians, raises concerns about the lack of solidarity from Han Chinese? Can we really separate ourselves from our Uyghur sisters when we are horrified by the suffering of the Chained Woman of Feng County? While China claims to support Palestine politically, we must recognize the similar language and methods of genocide used by both Israel and China. We must urge Palestinians and their supporters not to be divided by campism, but to stand with the Uyghurs as well.”]Source]

writes: “May our neighbors in Gaza find peace and justice.”

Chinese social media users have expressed support for the struggles of Palestinians in Gaza. One individual on the Q&A platform Zhihu stated: “We hope that our neighbors in Gaza can achieve peace and fairness.”asked why Aaron Bushnell’s self-immolation resonated so deeply with the Chinese people. One of the answers, with over 800 likes, drew a connection between Bushnell’s sacrifice and similar incidents of self-sacrifice throughout Chinese history. Some of the top comments on Bilibili videos have expressed sympathy for the plight of Palestinians in Gaza. Under one video

In October, a comment expressing support for the Palestinian people’s enduring struggles in Gaza received over a thousand likes. The comment stated that achieving national independence requires bravery and self-sacrifice, and that the Chinese people understand and empathize with the suffering. It also expressed hope for the creation of a new Palestinian state.

1 can日新说Copernicium

Translated into Mandarin, it means article from The Nation about the stories of queer Palestinians in Gaza during Israel’s war. (The stories had originally appeared on the online platform Queering the Map.) In 日新说Copernicium’s introduction, archived by CDT, the author

Reflected on the factors that suppress love, and the significance of exchanging stories beyond limits.:

The platform “Queering the Map” functions as a virtual archive of queer recollections, striving to safeguard these significant moments despite the storytellers facing the loss of their dear ones and the threat to their own lives. In addition to the horrifying impact of witnessing the destruction of Palestinian lives caused by Israeli missiles, the memories of Palestinians in Gaza also act as a binding agent for individuals like myself, bringing us closer together. Similar to them, I too have had my first realization; I too have been in love, and have had to conceal it for different reasons.

I contemplate their fate, questioning if they have endured the bombings endorsed by the United States in support of Israel. Will they have the opportunity to contribute additional narratives to “Queering the Map”? Will they utilize their affection and recollections to reconstruct Gaza according to their ideals? Will they one day break free from occupation and travel restrictions, being able to explore diverse queer communities worldwide and return to Gaza to share their experiences with their loved ones? Will they reminisce on the parties attended, people kissed, meals shared, and the queer moments cherished? Or perhaps they have transcended to another realm, their love immortalized in the tales they shared. Are they now united, strolling hand in hand on a bomb-free coast in Gaza?Chinese]

Alexander Boyd provided research for this post. Cindy Carter provided translations.