RFA , Officials across Xinjiang have been warning neighborhoods and mosques that ethnic minority Uyghur, Kazakh and Kyrgyz Muslims must hand in the religious items or face harsh punishment if they are found later, sources in the region said.
“Officials at village, township and county level are confiscating all Qurans and the special mats used for namaaz[prayer],” a Kazakh source in Altay prefecture, near the border with Kazakhstan told RFA on Wednesday. “Pretty much every household has a Quran, and prayer mats,” he said.
Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the exile World Uyghur Congress group, said reports have emerged from Kashgar, Hotan and other regions of similar practices starting last week.
“We received a notification saying that every single ethnic Uyghur must hand in any Islam-related items from their own home, including Qurans, prayers and anything else bearing the symbols of religion,” Raxit said.
“They have to be handed in voluntarily. If they aren’t handed in, and they are found, then there will be harsh punishments,” he said.
China force Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang to turn in passports.
In China, Muslim men under the age of 65 are not allowed to have beards, Muslim women are not allowed to wear face-covering headbags or burqas.
Muslims in China are now forbidden from giving their babies religious names such as “Jihad,” “Islam,” “Mecca,” etc.
China bans Islamic religious activity of any kind in schools.
China bans Muslim civil servants and students from fasting during Ramadan.
This has to be one of the most epic and stunning moments in the history of the UN. Once more the UN Human Rights Wrongs Council was holding a debate on “the human rights situation in Palestine”. All the usual anti-Israel suspects had their say, spouting lies, slander, blood libels and epithets at the one and only free, civilized and democratic country in the Middle East. How the likes of Pakistan, North Korea, Venezuela, Syria and other like dictatorships, who between them have killed millions and imprisoned even more – how they can sit there with straight faces while they accuse Israel of the very crimes of which they are guilty, is a subject for a psychologist to deal with.
And then it was UN Watch‘s turn. We have already seen Hillel Neuer speak at the UN many times, and his is superb. But Mosab Hassan Yousef (aka The Green Prince) was in a class of his own, not only for what he said, but for who he is.
Just watch the faces of the Palestinian delegation and enjoy a bit of schadenfreude from the UN for a change.
The funniest reaction was the face of this Palestinian delegate:
Shock horror at the UN as Palestinian speaks up for Israel
This speech was a master-stroke by UN Watch.
Kol hakavod on their persistence and devotion to the cause of Israel’s defence.