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Ezequiel Doiny is author of "Jerusalem is the spiritual capital of judaism while Mecca is the spiritual capital of Islam"

On May 16, 2024 Derek Grossman wrote in Nikkei Asia: "China is burning all its bridges with Israel...Despite its own wide-ranging official campaigns against groups and individuals it has linked to domestic Islamist terrorism, Beijing offered no condemnation of Hamas' killings.

"Ma Xinmin, a Foreign Ministry legal department official, set out Beijing's stance at an International Court of Justice hearing in February: "In pursuit of the right to self-determination, the Palestinian people's use of force to resist foreign oppression and to complete the establishment of an independent state is an inalienable right well founded in international law."Last month, Beijing even hosted a Hamas delegation.

"A Chinese Foreign Ministry official told the International Court of Justice in February that Palestinians have a right to use force to resist occupation.Through the fighting since October, Beijing has put all blame on Israel, while Chinese social media platforms like Weibo and WeChat have suddenly filled with antisemitism. Noting this, Aaron Keyak, the Biden administration's deputy envoy on antisemitism, observed in January, 'Because we know the Chinese internet is not free, that's a conscious decision by the Chinese government to allow that kind of rhetoric to be greatly increased.'

"Similarly, when Iran sent a unprecedented volley of missiles and drones toward Israel last month, Beijing referred to it as an "act of self-defense" in response to an Israeli strike on an Iranian diplomatic compound in Damascus. Speaking to his Iranian counterpart after the attack on Israel, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, "Iran can handle the situation well."

"China's stance appears to reflect both a desire to position itself as a viable alternative to the U.S. and the heretofore American-led order and its economic interests as the world's largest oil importer.

"China's growing clout in the Middle East includes not only a strengthening strategic partnership with Iran, but close ties with Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states...

"China's tilt toward Iran and its allies may also begin to raise concerns with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, notwithstanding Beijing's successful initiative to broker a diplomatic rapprochement last year between Riyadh and Tehran. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates opposed Tehran's attack on Israel and are believed to have helped Israel to repel it.

"Even if calm returns to the Middle East in the near future, Beijing has shown its hand. China is fundamentally opposed to any Israeli military operations, even in self-defense, as has been made clear in its demands for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and its vocal support for the establishment and recognition of a Palestinian state. This is mostly because Beijing seeks to raise its stature as a champion of the Global South, especially as India appears to be a formidable rising challenger.

"China is also strengthening its partnership with Iran, in concert with "no limits" partner Russia, in an "axis of resistance" against the U.S. and Western democracies..."

China's positions against Israel are a reflection of the rise of the Russian-Iran-China alliance.

When Obama decided to withdraw US troops from Iraq, the nations of Russia and Iran saw a golden opportunity to extend their influence over the region. On May 9,2020 the National Interest reported "...The current Russian-Iranian alliance in Syria owes its existence to General Qassem Soleimani, the chief of the Revolutionary Guards’ specialized Qods Force and the regime’s strategic mastermind who was recently killed by U.S. forces. Soleimani’s clandestine visit to Moscow in July 2015 initiated the military partnership to save Assad. Soleimani’s proxy army of foreign Shi’a militias were able to defeat the Syrian insurgents only with the help of the Russian air force..."

On May 8, 2020 Arthur Cyr reported in the Chicago Tribune "...The decision by Vladimir Putin in 2015 to intervene with military forces in the brutal combat in Syria has led to sustained expansion of Russia’s influence in the region. Along with other benefits, Moscow has greatly increased the staying power of the regime of Syria President Bashar al-Assad.Historically, Moscow has been preoccupied with secure national borders, especially in Eastern Europe, and generally abstained from sending military forces long distances. This traditional approach has now been abandoned by Putin, who has become a daring military gambler in the Mideast..."

When President Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran, Russia and China moved to invest in Iran to fill the void left by the fleeing European companies. When America increased sanctions on Iran, Russia and China understood the importance of weakening the US dollar to protect their investments. In April 2020 United Against Nuclear Iran reported "In 2018, the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and initiated a “maximum pressure” campaign against the Iranian regime, re-imposing and expanding sanctions targeting Iran’s energy, shipping, insurance, and banking sectors. Major European businesses responded by fleeing Iran. However, the Trump administration’s efforts to isolate Iran still face a major hurdle as China and Russia move to fill the void and capitalize on the business opportunities emerging in the wake of European withdrawals...

"...In the immediate aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif embarked on a diplomatic tour to mitigate against the impact of the coming re-imposition of sanctions. His first two stops were Beijing and Moscow. In the months that followed, China and Russia have sought to expand their trade and investment with Iran and assess the feasibility of taking over outright European deals that had collapsed. While the re-imposition of sanctions has created an opportunity for both countries, it has complicated matters as well. Ultimately, the extent to which China and Russia can benefit from the current state of play comes down to their ability to limit sanctions exposure and create workarounds such as mechanisms to conduct transactions in local, non-dollar currencies. In September 2018, Foreign Minister Zarif outlined Iran’s plan to avoid using the U.S. dollar: “You can use your own currency. Sell stuff in your own currency, buy stuff in the other country’s currency, and at the end of a specific period, balance it out in a non-dollar currency.

"...In spite of all the obstacles posed by the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign, China and Russia remain committed to seeing through their business dealings with Iran. The halting progress in execution indicates that the sanctions are working as intended. In Beijing’s and Moscow’s view, however, the economic and geopolitical benefits outweigh the potential risks of sanctions exposure and they continue to seek ways to move forward and find alternative approaches that would undermine America and the dollar’s centrality to the global economic system..."

Iran, Russia and China are also expanding their military cooperation. On November 28, 2019 the Daily Mail reported "Iran, Russia and China are set to hold their first-ever joint military drills in a show of power to the West.

"Admiral Hussein Khanzadi revealed yesterday that the three navies would hold military exercises in the northern Indian Ocean in the 'near future'.

Design and planning for the drills took place last month and troops are already preparing for the exercise, he said.

"The joint operation will 'send a message to the world', Khanzadi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Mehr news agency...

'A joint wargame between several countries, whether on land, at sea or in the air, indicates a remarkable expansion of cooperation,' he said.

'[The drills] carry the same message to the world, that these three countries have reached a meaningful strategic point in their relations..."

In 2020 during the height of the COVID crisis the State Department revealed that China was coordinating a disinformation campaign with Russia and Iran. On April 21, 2020 Politico reported "China, Iran and Russia are using the coronavirus crisis to launch a propaganda and disinformation onslaught against the United States, the State Department warns in a new report.

"The three governments are pushing a host of matching messages: that the novel coronavirus is an American bioweapon, that the U.S. is scoring political points off the crisis, that the virus didn’t come from China, that U.S. troops spread it, that America’s sanctions are killing Iranians, that China’s response was great while the U.S.’ was negligent, that all three governments are managing the crisis well, and that the U.S. economy can't bear the toll of the virus.

"The report, which is not public, was produced by the department’s Global Engagement Center — a fledgling office focused on the global information wars — and reviewed by POLITICO. It makes the case that propaganda and disinformation narratives from those country’s governments have converged as coronavirus has spread. .."

China has commited itself to an irreversible course against Israel,the rise of the Russian-Iran-China alliance and the end of the old World order is now a reality.

Dr. Aaron Lerner heads IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

Since 1992 providing news and analysis on the Middle East with a focus on Arab-Israeli relations Website: www.imra.org.il

Contagious Disruption: How Chinese Communist Party Influence and Radical Ideologies Threaten Critical Infrastructure and Campuses Across the United States

NETWORK CONTAGION RESEARCH INSTITUTE

https://networkcontagion.us/wp-content/uploads/SID4P-Report_May-2024.pdf

Executive Summary

This report analyzes the activities and foreign connections of the Shut It Down for Palestine (SID4P) movement since its formation in October 2023. It examines SID4P’s use of protests, direct-action initiatives, and sophisticated media campaigns to advance anti-America and anti-Israel narratives both online and offline. Additionally, it highlights the involvement of a network linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that funds and supports both alternative anti-establishment media organizations promoting anti¬American narratives, as well as seemingly grassroots activist movements, such as, and including, SID4P.

Due to its potential to exacerbate social unrest and influence institutional decision¬making in the U.S., the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI) assesses that this network represents a significant concern to the internal stability of the United States.

Key Take-aways and Assessment:

1. SID4P’s Emergence: Shut It Down for Palestine (SID4P) is an anti-capitalist, anti¬police, and anti-government protest movement that emerged after October 7, 2023. It functions as a hybrid online/real-world network for mobilizing frequent demonstrations as well as gradually escalating direct-action campaigns targeting critical infrastructure and public spaces.

2. SID4P’s ties to CCP-Linked Entities: “Convenors,” or organizations operating under the SID4P umbrella, are members of the ‘Singham Network’ donor portfolio. The Singham Network is a global web of nonprofits, fiscal sponsors, and alternative news sources tied to Neville Roy Singham, a known conduit for CCP geopolitical influence.

3. SID4P’s Funding: The Singham Network exploits regulatory loopholes in the U.S. nonprofit system to facilitate the flow of an enormous sum of U.S. dollars to organizations and movements that actively stoke social unrest at the grassroots level.

4. Alternative Media and Social Media Strategy: Alternative media outlets associated with the Singham Network have played a central role in online mobilization and cross-platform social amplification for SID4P.

5. Ties to Extremist Groups: SID4P has ties to extremist groups that embrace a violent, single-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At least one SID4P Convener is linked to the extreme edge of pro-Palestinian groups operating in the U.S. that advance anti-American and anti-Jewish agendas.

Assessment: The NCRI finds that the increase in direct-action, targeting infrastructure and public spaces, is in part driven by organizations connected to CCP foreign influence efforts. While nominally focused on Israel, the current protests can be better understood as a well-funded initiative driving a revolutionary, anti-government, and anti¬capitalist agenda, with the leading organizations serving as versatile tools for foreign entities hostile to the U.S. The methods of these organizations exacerbate societal tensions, polarize the younger generation, and appear to seek the destabilization of American institutions. NCRI assesses that these organizations will persist in inciting unrest throughout the summer of 2024 and in the lead-up to the U.S. Presidential election.