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Right now over a million Uyghur Muslims are being held behind several layers of fences, barriers and sophisticated surveillance, in vast, industrial-scale concentration camps in the Chinese province of Xin- jiang.

The Chinese government is persecuting its Muslim minority population through a ruthless, industrialized campaign of brainwashing, torture, and dehumanisation.

In the concentration camps, leaked files revealed that people are forced to eat pork, drink alcohol and denounce their identity as Muslims. Detainees are forced to take pills, injections, and are subjected to sterilization procedures, medical experiments and organ harvesting.

The machinery of the Chinese state, actively aided by corporations such as Huawei and passively aided by the indifference of the rest of the world, is being used to silently strip the Uyghurs of their human rights. China is committing a cultural genocide.

And yet, the world’s silence on this issue, regardless of a few periodic spikes of punctuated attention, has been deafening.

Millions of people are currently in industrial Concentration Camps – not Extermination Camps. As Jews, a people who have endured genocide and statelessness in the past, we cannot be quiet. Every year we say “Never Again!” for us, this has to be more than an empty statement. That’s why we fight antisemitism. That’s why we believe we need to act now in solidarity with the Uyghurs. We are mandated by our history to be as loud as we can in the face of genocide. Never Again Right Now!

The fight for human rights and Jewish rights is one fight, and in that spirit, we say: it’s time to stand up, be counted, and act to stop the Uyghur cultural genocide.

As young Europeans, we believe in championing and strengthening diversity in our societies. China is threatening those very values. As Europeans, we can speak up. We still have the opportunity to shape how a world with China as a global super-power will look like. So we must stand in solidarity with those whose diversity is under attack.

That’s why EUJS and JSUD – together with young Jewish student leaders across Europe and the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) – are launching our ambitious action-focused campaign to put pressure on China, raise our collective voice against injustice, and break the world’s silence on the Uyghurs’ plight.


Op-Ed by Bini Guttmann & Mischa Ushakov

On Monday, January 27, we remembered the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On Monday, thousands of people, including politicians and celebrities, declared “Never Again!” And rightly so, the biggest crime in human history can never be allowed to be forgotten; can never be allowed to occur again. But just declaring “Never Again!” is not enough. For us – as young Jews – “Never Again!” is more than an empty statement declared at vigils for our ancestors. 

That is the reason why we fight antisemitism every day across Europe. And that’s why we believe we need to act now in solidarity with the Uyghurs in China threatened by cultural genocide. 

The writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel said once “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

When it comes to the plight of the Uyghurs our history teaches us we have no choice but to take sides and be as loud as we can in the face of genocide. We are saying “Never Again Right Now!”

“Torture – metal nails, fingernails pulled out, electric shocks – takes place in the “black room.” Punishment is a constant. The prisoners are forced to take pills and get injections. It’s for disease prevention, the staff tell them, but in reality they are the human subjects of medical experiments. Many of the inmates suffer from cognitive decline. Some of the men become sterile. Women are routinely raped”. Such is life in China’s ‘reeducation camps’, as reported in testimony provided by survivors Sayragul Sauytbay to “Haaretz” this October.

Right now, in 2020, one to three Million Uyghur Muslims are being held behind several layers of fences, barriers and sophisticated surveillance, in vast, industrial-scale concentration camps (not extermination camps) in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. The Chinese government is persecuting its Muslim minority population through a ruthless, industrialized campaign of brainwashing, torture, and dehumanisation.
The machinery of the Chinese state, actively aided by corporations producing in Xinjiang and propped up by the indifference of the rest of the world, is being used to silently strip the Uyghurs of their human rights. Whilst China commits cultural genocide, the world’s silence on this issue, punctuated by the odd headline, has been deafening.

As Jews, a people who have endured genocide and statelessness in the past, we often ask why the world was silent during our suffering.
As young activists, we are battling the rise of antisemitism in our universities, on our streets, and in our parliaments. But in this fight, we must also look beyond our horizons and stand up when genocide is happening right now. There is no excuse for silence in light of persecution. Words, declarations and “thoughts and prayers” are simply not enough.
We as young Jews ask the world to follow up on its promise of “Never Again”. We ask the world to act. Right now. 

As young Europeans, we fight for open and diverse societies. Modern-day Europe is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights. On freedom. China is threatening those very values. As Europeans, we must remember our historical responsibility and stand in solidarity with those whose diversity is under attack. We still have the opportunity to shape how a world with China as a global super-power will look.

That’s why we, the European Union of Jewish Students together with the German Union of Jewish Students are calling on Europe’s decision-makers to take decisive action. To put people over profit. To stand tall for our values. To learn from Europe’s history. To “take sides” To mean it when we say “Never Again! That’s why we are launching our “Never Again – Right Now!” Campaign (neveragainrightnow.eu) today, exposing China’s crimes and Europe’s hypocrisy.  


The fight for human rights and Jewish rights is one fight, and in that spirit, we say: it’s time to stand up, be counted, and act to stop the Uyghur cultural genocide. 

Never Again – Right Now!


“For the young Jews of Europe, remembrance must be more than a statement declared at vigils. We need to act in solidarity with China’s Uighurs facing cultural genocide.”

– Bini Guttmann, President of the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS)

“Never again means action. Everything else is disrespectful towards them who continue to remember the cruelness they experienced to admonish the future generations.”

– Mischa Ushakov, President of the German Union of Jewish Students (JSUD)

“Our collective history teaches of our responsibility to refuse to be silent in the face of genocide. As young Jewish people it is our imperative not only to learn the lessons of the Holocaust, but to practice them.”

– Hannah Rose, Activist and former President of the Union of Jewish Students UK (UJS)