The Rohingya: Southeast Asia’s Palestinians

The Rohingya and the Palestinian people have much in common: They have been persecuted, repeatedly displaced, denied citizenship and are now subjected to genocide, writes Nada Elia, a Diaspora Palestinian scholar, writer, public speaker and BDS organizer.  Also see ‘USACBI condemns unequivocally the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya’.

As they approach genocidal dimensions, with close to 300,000 hounded civilians forced to flee in the past two weeks alone, the Myanmar junta attacks on the Rohingya community are finally making headlines in the mainstream news.
The reports are horrific: Untold thousands have been killed, entire families burned alive, villages set on fire, children as young as five beheaded, women raped and the borderlands are booby-trapped with landmines, as members of “one of the most persecuted communities in the world” try to escape to safer ground in Bangladesh.

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