Ynet News is reporting on a chilling flier given to Jews in the eastern Ukrainian province of Donetsk, ordering them to register with the local authorities:
A leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine calling for all Jews over 16 years old to register as Jews marred the Jewish community’s Passover festivities Monday, replacing them with feelings of concern.
The leaflet demanded the city’s Jews register and supply a detailed list of all the property they own, or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated.
It was signed by the head of government in the region and was distributed by masked men outside the Donetsk synagogue after Passover prayers, and beyond. The region is home to about 17,000 Jews.
The leaflet was written in Russian and had Russia’s national symbol on it, as well as the Donetsk People’s Republic insignia.
“Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” the flyer began, “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 leaflet detailed what type of documents the Jewish citizens would need to supply: “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.”
If the message was not made clear enough, the leaflet further stipulated the consequences that would come to those who failed to abide by the new demands: “Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property.”
To add insult to injury, the leaflet demanded the Jews pay a registration fee of $50.
Is this for real? It certainly seems to be. Is it a false flag by Ukrainian authorities to draw the West in? Possibly. While the Ukrainians have a tremendous anti-Semitic history – and the soil of the Ukraine is literally soaked with Jewish blood, this whole incident is remarkably odd. Even further considering Putin has forcibly put down anti-Semitism within Russia (and this is coming from the “Russian separatists”).
Whether the Jews are being made pawns in this conflict, are the target of locals taking advantage of the situation to let their anti-Semitism loose, or if this is the actual policy of the “Russian separatists” – in any case, the situation is extremely disturbing.
Will the “World” stand by and do nothing? Of course it will. (Anyone want to bet on whether the “Boycott-Divest” movement will suddenly start protesting and boycotting against Russia?)
As for us? For those Jews outside of the Ukraine, hakol kol Yaakov – we must raise our voices in holy prayer for our brethren in the Ukraine. And for those Jews in the Ukraine, especially in conflict regions, nu?
May Hashem guard and protect Klal Yisroel wherever they may be. And may we merit the ultimate protection with Moshiach during this Passover season.
Moadim l’Simcha! A gutten Moed!