This is a situation in which either side is a logical perpetrator of the anti-Semitic edict.
Regardless of which side in the Ukraine is responsible for the leaflet demanding Jews to register themselves, one fact is amazingly clear, as history itself has proven time and again, Jews are always considered an easy target to molest during times of trouble.
‘Jews Must Register’ Flyer in Ukraine an Echo of Babi Yar
In 1941 the Jews of Kiev received similar notices to appear at a designated spot. The following day, the Nazis murdered more than 34,000 Jews whose bodies were then thrown into the Babi Yar Ravine.
Many Jews reacted with horror when the news began to spread on Wednesday, April 15, that the Jews of a particular area in Ukraine are being required to register with local authorities.
Those requests were allegedly made in flyers distributed to Jews leaving shul on Passover. The flyers informed “Ukraine nationals of Jewish nationality” to report to a particular location in order to register their religion and to provide documentation of their ownership of any property. All Jews had to pay a registration fee or lose their citizenship and face deportation, according to the leaflet.
The leaflets were distributed in Donetsk, where pro-Russian militants have commandeered government buildings.
The Jewish Press covered the story, with appropriate notations that there was some uncertainty about the authenticity of the flyers, coupled with a dramatic increase in anti-Semitism in Ukraine in just the past few months.
The flyer – authentic or not – constitutes the 17th anti-Semitic incident to have taken place in Ukraine since the beginning of 2014. Most were violent attacks. Several were aimed at Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries and a few were life-threatening. Five took place in Kiev alone, according to statistics gleaned from the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism (CFCA) website.
The story resulted in a huge outcry.
Secretary of State John Kerry called the demand for Ukranian Jews to register “intolerable” and “grotesque.”
Reporters at BuzzFeed pooh-poohed the story. One of the reporters, Max Seddon, tweeted a link to their article, “Signal and noise in Donetsk over nonexistent Jew registration scandal.”
But actually, the leaflets – which were written in Russian, marked with a Russian symbol and one of the Donetsk People’s Republic, and allegedly signed by Denis Pushilin, chairman of the Donetsk interim government, were distributed in Donetsk. And they were distributed to Ukranian Jews.