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Mohammad Turki Al-Sudairi
Bringing Our Lost Brethren Back Home: Messianic Zionism, Settler-Colonialism, and the Lost Jews of Kaifeng
The Kaifeng Jews of China–numbering at present some five hundred to one thousand in total–are one of the latest communities to garner the interest of right-wing messianic organizations connected to the settler-colonial movement in Israel. Over the last decade, messianic groups have intensified efforts to encourage the community to immigrate (aliyah) to Israel. This endeavor is making some headway. Messianic organizations, including Amichav (My People are Returning), its ...Keep Reading »
Over the last decade, a network of loosely affiliated pro-Israeli organizations—embracing a number of think tanks, universities, lobbyist groups, foundations, activist-scholars as well as donors—have successfully established a foothold in Chinese academia. The aim of these groups in China has been to provide a platform for espousing hasbara—a Hebrew term for “explanation” denoting the utilization of diplomatic, media, and political mediums to clarify and defend Israel’s ...Keep Reading »
Mohammed Turki Al-Sudairi is a 2011 graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar with a B.S. in International Politics. He has lived in China for the past three years, pursuing language study and research on various topics dealing with Sino-Middle East Relations. He is currently pursuing a double degree in International Affairs offered by Peking University and the London School of Economics. At present, he is affiliated with the Gulf Research Center.