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The next major Jewish action is on behalf of Uighurs


April 16, 2021

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Protesters against China's policies toward the Uighurs demonstrate outside United Nations headquarters in New York City, March 22, 2021. The protester in the foreground is wearing a kippah.

(JTA) - When Rayhan Asat attended a Passover seder last month, its contours seemed familiar and different at once - especially the tradition of leaving a seat empty at the table.

It reminded Asat, a lawyer, of leaving a seat empty for her brother, Ekpar, at her graduation from Harvard Law School in 2016. Ekpar, a member of China's Uighur minority, had been "disappeared" by the Chinese government. 

Jewish World Watch, an anti-genocide group that hosted the online seder for Uighurs on March 30, suggested that families leave a seat at the seder table for the more than a million people whom Ch...

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