BEIJING (AP) – The Israeli embassy in China protests what it calls “overt anti-Semitism” on a program on the overseas channel of the state broadcaster CCTV discussing ongoing violence in Gaza and elsewhere.
In a tweet, the message said, “We were hoping that the days of” Jew controls the world “conspiracy theories are over. Unfortunately, anti-Semitism has shown its ugly face again.”
“We are appalled that blatant anti-Semitism is being expressed in an official Chinese media company,” the tweet said.
Spokesman Erez Katz Volovelsky said the embassy had nothing to add to its tweet and had not yet received a response from CGTN, which operates CCTV for foreign audiences, similar to Russian RT.
On Tuesday’s CGTN broadcast, host Zheng Junfeng asked whether US support for Israel is really based on shared democratic values. “Some people believe that US pro-Israel policies are due to the influence of wealthy Jews in the US and the Jewish lobby on US foreign policy makers. “
“Jews dominate the finance and internet sectors,” says Zheng, speaking English. “So do they have the powerful lobbies that some say? Possible.”
Zheng then accused the US – China’s greatest geopolitical rival – of using Israel as a “bridgehead” in the Middle East and a proxy in its anti-panarabic campaign.
There was no immediate comment from CCTV.
China has long been a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause, and in recent days the State Department has punished the US for blocking a statement in the United Nations Security Council condemning the violence.
Since establishing formal diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992, Beijing has maintained close economic, technological, and military ties, including purchasing early Israeli models of drones.
However, Judaism is not one of China’s officially recognized religions, and stereotypes about Jews as smart businessmen and market manipulators are widespread among the Chinese public.
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