Pro-Russian Militants In Ukraine Require Jews To “Register”

Frightening leaflets that are reminiscent of Nazi Germany order Jewish Ukrainians to register under the new Russian regime.

Frightening leaflets that are reminiscent of Nazi Germany order Jewish Ukrainians to register under the new Russian regime.

 

History often has a ugly and scary way of repeating itself. A leaflet has been handed out in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in which peoples of the Jewish faith are being told to “register” with the pro-Russian militants who have now taken power over government offices in Russia’s illegal attempt to make Ukraine a part of the Russian Federation, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media.

In what seems to be a terrifying repeat of post-World War II Nazism and Anti-Sematism, many Jews who were emerging from synagogues say that they were personally handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide the pro-Russian mill mutants with a detailed list of property they own or have owned, and pay a registration fee. If the Jewish individuals refused or did not adhere to the demands, they could risk “having their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated.” This was reported by Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website, and in accordance with Ukraine’s Donbass news agency.

Emanuel Shechter, in Israel, told Ynet his friends in Donetsk saw masked men who were waiting for Jewish people after the Passover eve prayer hand them the leaflets and told them to obey its instructions.

The leaflet begins with the very tentative phrase of “Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality” and goes on to say that all people who are Jewish or of Jewish descent over the age of 16 years old must report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and “register” as they are, Jews. Not Christians. Not Muslims. Not Buddhists or Atheists. Jews only.

And what is their reasoning? The leaflet claims the reason is because members of the Jewish community, especially their leaders in Eastern Ukraine, supported Bendery Junta, a reference to Stepan Bandera, who is the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement, the front that has fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II. Reasoning also behind the leaflet was also because the front had “opposed the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk,” a name which had been Unofficially “adopted” by the militant leadership later on.

Donetsk is becoming a hot bed of tension from an “anti-terrorist” operation by the Ukraine government which has moved military columns into the region in and around Donetsk to force out the pro-Russian militants who are demanding a referendum be held to join Russia. This leaflet is nothing but an intimidation tactic on the people of the region.

John Kerry, United States Secretary of State, expressed disgust and outrage, saying:

“In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable — it’s grotesque. And any of the people who engage in these kinds of activities — from whatever party or whatever ideology or whatever place they crawl out of — there is no place for that.”

The leaflet also makes specific instructions:

“ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles.”

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has verified the authenticity of the leaflets, and has called them “the real deal.”

Other prominent Americans are coming out against the leaflet, which they see as strongly anti-semantic, including Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, the oldest and largest pro-Israel group in the USA. He has said that the leaflets should be regarded in the rising tide of anti-Semitism that has been sweeping across Europe yet again.

He continues:

“This is a frightening new development in the anti-Jewish movement that is gaining traction around the world.”

It has been almost 70 years since the Second World War, and Russia has taken steps at unearthing an ugly, painful history that will plague the world for hundreds of years, and they will do so until Putin and his forces are crushed. And, on a lighter note: to the conservatives, like Sarah Palin, who have been calling Putin and his Russian atrocities stronger than President Obama, you’re now on the horrendous side of history with the likes of Hitler.