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Candle scandal Chanukah?

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My wife started it!

“Do you know, all Chanukah candles come from China?”


“Really?” said the Chief Rabbi, a sharp tone in his voice, when I mentioned in Shul one morning that I was going to check this out. He immediately understood the implications. If the candles were made in the Uyghur region (which China renamed Xinjiang) there’s a high chance they were made by Uyghur Slave Labour. Especially if the cotton in the wicks comes from there.

He also understood the irony.

Chanukah celebrates our defeat of “the Genocide that nearly happened” when the Greeks tried wiping out our religion and identity and Uyghur Slave labour is an intrinsic part of the Chinese government’s Genocide erasing Uyghur Muslims’ religion and identity. Hellenisation then. Sinicisation now.

Nearly a million children are removed from their families to state boarding schools that forbid speaking Uyghur and practising Islam, on the cynical pre-text that they have one or both parents enslaved. Forcible transfer of 600,000 Uyghurs across China disrupts weakens local ties and is intended to “reduce their population density.” This connection to Genocide is what differentiates Uyghur Slave Labour from other slavery.

I visited every shop in Golders Green and Hendon selling Chanukah candles.

The wife was right. As usual. Advertisement

They all came from China, region unstated.

If you thought Chanukah merchandise just means candles, Menorot, and dreidels you’ve lived a sheltered........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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