Doesn’t CAIR realize that it was bulldozed by the Chinese government in order to enable Hilton to build something worthwhile there? Besides, most of the Uighur Muslims are now in re-education camps, so there’s no need for a mosque there.
Telegraph The site where a mosque once stood in the heart of Hotan in China’s Xinjiang region is now under construction to become a commercial tower block that will house a Hampton by Hilton hotel, the Telegraph can reveal.
The mosque, demolished in 2018 based on satellite images analysed for the Telegraph by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, is just one of many to disappear across Xinjiang, as China erases the region’s cultural and religious heritage as part of its forced assimilation of Uyghurs and other ethnic Muslim minorities.
A number of mosques and shrines have been destroyed completely, or their Islamic features – onion domes, crescent signs and minarets – have been removed.
ASPI estimates that 16,000 mosques in Xinjiang – about 65 per cent of the total – have been destroyed or damaged due to Chinese government policies since 2017. Roughly 60 per cent of the region’s Islamic sacred sites, such as shrines and cemeteries, have been razed or altered.
In a statement, CAIRNational Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
“Hilton has a unique opportunity to take a clear stance against China’s ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims and set an example for other prominent corporations. Hilton must stand on the right side of history by announcing it will cancel this project and cease any operations in the Uyghur region of China until its government ends its persecution of millions of innocent people.”