By Jan Jekielek and Frank Fang, featuring IWF Visiting Fellow Ellie Cohanim
Now is the time for all Americans to take action to stop the Chinese regime’s genocide against Uyghur Muslims, a state-led crime reminiscent of the Holocaust, said former State Department officials Keith Krach and Ellie Cohanim.
On Monday, the United States, Canada, the UK, and the European Union unveiled coordinated sanctions against Chinese officials responsible for the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) oppressive policy in Xinjiang.
“We’re very happy to see governments take the right approach. But we’ve also laid a plan for every American, so that every American can take action today,” Cohanim said in a joint interview with Krach on The Epoch Times’ “American Thought Leaders” program.
The sanctions are the right approach because the CCP “can only understand strength,” according to Cohanim.
Cohanim previously served as U.S. deputy special envoy to monitor and combat anti-semitism, and is now a visiting fellow at the U.S. nonprofit Independent Women’s Forum.
Keith Krach is the former undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy, and environment.
“This is the time to stop it. If we don’t, then it’s going to continue. And it’s going to spread,” Krach said.
In a recent op-ed on Newsweek, Cohanim and Krach drew parallels between the Holocaust and the CCP’s repression in Xinjiang. One similarity, they wrote, is the CCP’s dehumanization of Uyghurs, which is reminiscent of how the Nazis portrayed Jews before sending them to concentration camps.
“We’re seeing these exact same tactics practiced by the Chinese Communist Party, where they’re calling the Uyghur religion a communicable plague. They describe the Uyghurs themselves as malignant tumors. And they’ve described the Uyghurs as being similar to weeds, and that you must use chemicals to get all of them,” Cohanim told The Epoch Times.
She added: “This kind of language is so incredibly reminiscent of the horrible language of the Nazis [against the Jews].”
Cohanim encouraged American investors—such as people who have savings in a pension fund, investments in a mutual fund, or those who donate to a foundation or a university endowment fund—to contact their fund managers and brokerage companies to demand transparency over their investments.
“If your broker or the fund representative is not willing to share information about where you’re invested, then it might be time to look elsewhere,” Cohanim added.
“I believe nobody should bend the knee to the Chinese Communist Party. We clearly have the moral high ground here,” Krach said.
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