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Posted by on Apr. 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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Someone's Handing Out Leaflets in Eastern Ukraine Telling Jews to 'Register'

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Someone's Handing Out Leaflets in Eastern Ukraine Telling Jews to 'Register'

In a disturbing reminder of an era that's supposed to be bygone, an image has been circulating of what appears to be a leaflet asking all Jews over the age of 16 in Donetsk, Ukraine, to "register" with separatist militants. The leaflet, reported by Ynet and picked up by USA Today, bears the signature of the head of Donetsk's temporary pro-Russia "government" Denis Pushilin. However, the Ukranians attempting to bring the region under Russian control have denied any involvement with the flyer.

Secretary of State John Kerry declined to assign blame for the leaflets in a Thursday statement. However, he condemned them as "'intolerable" and "grotesque." 

According to Ynet's English report, the leaflet, written in Russian, reads: 

"Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality. Due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta," a reference to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement which fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II, "and oppose the pro-Slavic People's Republic of Donetsk, (the interim government) has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic's territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register."

The flyer continues to instruct its Jewish readers that an "ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion," and that they should bring "religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles." Members of Donetsk's Jewish population say they were handed the flyers by three masked men on their way out of the region's synagogue last week. The flyer notes that registration will cost $50, and that anyone who doesn't comply will be, basically, deported. 

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According to the Times of Israel, Pushilin has gone on record to a Russian paper denying any involvement in the flyers, instead calling them a "provocation." Olga Resnikova, a Jewish resident of the region who saw the leaflet told Ynet that "we do not know if the leaflet was spread by pro-Russian forces or someone else, but it did manage to create quite a fear." 

No matter where the flyer comes from, the very real issue of anti-Semitism in Ukraine following the change of power there has been a fraught one. Pro-Russian groups have taken pains to paint the new interim government in Kiev as in collusion with anti-Semitic nationalists. But a New York Times look into Jewish life in Ukraine following the change of power found that many in the country were more concerned about anti-Semitism coming from Russia than they were about nationalist backlash from the new Ukrainian government. It seems no matter the crisis, the worst bigots will always find a way to exploit it.

by on Apr. 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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cjsmom1
by Silver Member on Apr. 17, 2014 at 5:10 PM
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I think it's disgusting for someone to do this. I don't understand what Jewish people have done that so many people hate them.

hayliedlr
by JoAnna on Apr. 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM
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sad

paganbaby
by Chesty La Rue on Apr. 17, 2014 at 7:16 PM
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I never understood that either :-/

Quoting cjsmom1:

I think it's disgusting for someone to do this. I don't understand what Jewish people have done that so many people hate them.




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Kmakksmom
by Stefanie on Apr. 18, 2014 at 12:57 AM
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Very sad.

EarlGrayHot
by on Apr. 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM
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It is disgusting but everyone thinks it was not widespread but rather another attempt to cause trouble and destabilize the country.

mysticalmalissa
by Silver Member on Apr. 18, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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It's sick.

Noni2319
by Chrissy on Apr. 18, 2014 at 11:21 AM
That's awful.
LeapBaby123
by Kathleen on Apr. 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM
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Terrible
anotherandree
by Inga on Apr. 18, 2014 at 1:36 PM
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http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/ukraine.asp

I can't make it clicky sorry. But it says that there is a small GROUP that is ordering Jews to register but the government itself is not and has not made any plans to do so.
TAG9lbs
by Member on Apr. 18, 2014 at 1:37 PM
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Before we start shaming them for their blatant hatred let us remember that it still exists here. AL just passed laws in the last 2 years creating obstacles to keep illigal immigrants from getting their green card. I'm jewish and dated a guy in KY that was often refered to as a "jew lover". OK is often passing laws making it difficult to live off the land if you are of Indian decent.

Remember when you point the finger at someone, 3 more are pointing back at you. I'm not Venazualan but I do attend events for them to get equal rights. 

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