Jew-Hatred in Hong Kong: 2016

It was once a haven for Jewish businessmen, but that has changed drastically.

Stephen Kruger

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Hong Kong is a city of nearly 8 million people. Modern. Good intra-urban railway mass transit. Good bus service. Reasonably good governmental public schools, and a reasonably honest government.

Beneath the surface, there are societal shortcomings. Acceptable housing is in short supply, so flats are dear. Young adults, including those who maintain long-term relationships or marriages, live with their parents. Replacement of run-down housing stock is slow. People in extreme poverty live in cage housing — flats subdivided into small spaces, formed by vertical steel rods. Each space has room for a mattress and some possessions. One toilet for a dozen or more people.

Food is expensive. Many people work long hours in jobs that pay modest salaries.

Add Jew-hatred to the list of societal shortcomings. (I prefer “Jew-hatred” and “Judaism-hatred” to “anti-Semitism”, a misnomer).

There is in Hong Kong, as elsewhere, the Jew-hatred of Mohammedism. That term is accurate, because “Islam” connotes a religion. There is Mohammedism — a militant totalitarianism under the guise of a religion.

Picture a legitimate-seeming business that is a front for a mafia. The benign attributes of the front business do not change the criminality of the behind-the-front capo, his lieutenants, and his button men. In like manner, Islam is a front for Mohammedism. The benign attributes of the front “religion” do not change the behind-the-front pathologies — loathing of Jews, loathing of Judaism, loathing of Zionism, hatred of the West, hatred of Judeo-Christian values, antipathy to modern life, despising of women, and sexual abuse of children — of the imam, his lieutenants, and his terrorists.

In Hong Kong, Mohammedists express their Jew-hatred through insolence. Turning a back to a Jew who walk by. Cutting across the path of a Jew, as he walks down the street. Spitting.

All Mohammedists who hang about on the streets are male. Some are in their late teens. Most are men in their 20s and 30s. No teen-age girls. No women in their 20s and 30s. Necessarily, those males are limited to whoring and furtive same sex liaisons. I don’t know where Mohammedist families live.

Within the past six months, I noticed expressions of Jew-hatred among the general Chinese population. Young people, middle-aged people, old people. Low-income people and middle-class people (judging by their clothing). It was across the board. Perhaps the expressions of Jew-hatred are spillovers from the evil BDS movement.

The expressions are varied. Covering the nose with a hand. Translation: Jews smell. Scratching the torso with a hand, under an arm. Translation: Jews are apes. Grasping the throat with a hand. Translation: We’ll murder you. Putting a finger into a nostril. Translation: ____ you.  Putting a finger into an ear. Same translation.

One day last week, I was honored with an arm and hand extended stiffly downward at an angle of 45̊. Translation: It was a 90̊ variation from the Nazi salute, in which an arm and hand are extended stiffly upward at an angle of 45̊.

The saluter walked as he saluted. He did not stand at attention, yet the salute was maintained at a constant angle. Clearly, the salute had been practiced. The budding Nazi was a Chinese kid. He looked 16 or 17.

Once, on a bus, a good-looking Chinese woman, about 25 years old, held her nose as I walked up the aisle to get to a seat. I held my nose, and I put my face close to hers. She was mortified.
Other forms of expression are unclear to me. Using one hand to pluck, several times, at a t-shirt. A complex movement of a hand across a stomach.

Ignoring expressions of Jew-hatred doesn’t reduce the number of the expressions. My mimicking of expressions doesn’t reduce the number of the expressions.

It’s wearying to mimic expressions of Jew-hatred 30 or 40 or 50 times a day.

Once, on a bus, a good-looking Chinese woman, about 25 years old, held her nose as I walked up the aisle to get to a seat. I held my nose, and I put my face close to hers. She was mortified.

Multiple public expressions of Jew-hatred among the general Chinese population changed my life drastically. No more walks in the evenings. No more visits to this or that neighborhood to look around. I leave my flat only when necessary. Excursions are planned, so that as much as possible is accomplished through an excursion. That limits the number of excursions, and, consequently, limits my exposure to expressions of Jew-hatred.

Hong Kong is not Germany in the mid-1930s. Brownshirts do not patrol streets. There are no Jews-owned shops, so there are no smashed shop front windows. No sign-carriers stand on footpaths (HKese for sidewalks), with signs that urge Hong Kongers to refuse commercial interactions with Jews. No one is beaten in the streets for misdemeanor of walking while Jewish. No one is shot in the streets for the felony of being alive while Jewish.

My guess is that the circumstances of Hong Kong, for Jews, are more or less like those of Londonistan. The circumstances of Hong Kong, for Jews, are not as bad as those of Paris.

Yet, it’s time to pack my bags, and leave. My travel destination will be a haven for Jews, but havens are few. The growing anti-Jews storm in the world will cause some of the contemporary havens to deteriorate, and will cause other contemporary havens to disappear.

The writer is a lawyer who lives and works in Hong Kong. Email him on