China English language CCTV broadcast earlier this month
China English language CCTV broadcast earlier this month
Photo: AP
China English language CCTV broadcast earlier this month

Israel accuses Chinese state TV of ‘blatant anti-Semitism’

Outrage from Israel's Embassy in China comes after state broadcaster CCTV host told audiences, speaking English, that 'Jews dominate finance, internet sectors' and have powerful lobbies in the U.S., warranting support for Israel

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Published: 05.19.21 , 13:02
Israel's Embassy in China is protesting what it describes as "blatant anti-Semitism" on a program ran by the overseas channel of state broadcaster CCTV discussing the ongoing violence in Gaza and elsewhere.
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  • In a tweet, the embassy said "we have hoped that the times of the 'Jews controlling the world' conspiracy theories were over, unfortunately anti-Semitism has shown its ugly face again."
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    China English language CCTV broadcast earlier this month
    China English language CCTV broadcast earlier this month
    China English language CCTV broadcast earlier this month
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    "We are appalled to see blatant anti-Semitism expressed in an official Chinese media outlet," the tweet said.
    Calls to the embassy were answered with a message saying it was closed on Wednesday and it wasn't immediately clear what it objected to in the three-minute segment.
    On the Tuesday CGTN broadcast, host Zheng Junfeng questioned whether U.S. support for Israel was truly based on shared democratic values, saying "some people believe that U.S. pro-Israeli policy is traceable to the influence of wealthy Jews in the U.S. and the Jewish lobby on U.S. foreign policy makers."
    "Jews dominate finance and internet sectors," Zheng says, speaking in English. "So do they have the powerful lobbies some say? Possible."
    Zheng then accused the U.S. "China's top geopolitical rival" of using Israel as a "beachhead" in the Middle East and a as proxy in its campaign to defeat pan-Arabism.
    Spokesperson Erez Katz Volovelsky said Wednesday the embassy had nothing to add to its tweet and had so far received no reply from CGTN, which CCTV operates for foreign audiences, similar to Russia's RT.
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    President Reuven Rivlin with Chinese Ambassador to Israel CAI Run
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    China has long been a strong backer of the Palestinian cause and in recent days, the Foreign Ministry has castigated the U.S. for blocking a statement in the United Nations Security Council condemning the violence.
    Yet, since establishing formal diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992, Beijing has nurtured close economic, technological and military ties, including the purchase of early model Israeli drones.
    Judaism is not one of China's officially recognized religions, however, and stereotypes about Jews as shrewd businesspeople and market manipulators are common among the Chinese public.

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