Thursday, April 17, 2014

And Whom Does This Remind You Of?


Call me crazy, but this is more than usually disturbing news:

"Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to "register" with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated," reported Ynet News, Israel's largest news website.
Donetsk is the site of an "anti-terrorist" operation by the Ukraine government, which has moved military columns into the region to force out militants who are demanding a referendum be held on joining Russia. The news was carried first by the Ukraine's Donbass news agency.

The leaflets bore the name of Denis Pushilin, who identified himself as chairman of "Donetsk's temporary government," and were distributed near the Donetsk synagogue and other areas, according to the reports.
Pushilin acknowledged that fliers were distributed under his organization's name in Donetsk...masked men were waiting for Jewish people after the Passover eve prayer, handed them the flier and told them to obey its instructions..."
The leaflet...states that all people of Jewish descent over 16 years old must report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and "register."

The leaflet then described which documents Jews should provide: "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."

Consequences for non-compliance will result in citizenship being revoked "and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property." A registration fee of $50 would be required, it said."

I have been quite concerned lately that the mainstream press here in this country, anxious as ever to give the Republicans a jingoistic issue to rave about in the coming election, has reverted to the oldest one of all:  Russians are the great big horrible bears, and Democrats are just too weak to deal with them.  As I have seen the other side in Ukraine do more and more to reveal just what sort of people they are, and as I contemplate the twenty million Russians killed the last time this sort of race hatred was allowed to go unchecked, I'm beginning to see why Putin and other Russians insist on stopping it right now.  Is Putin a good guy? No.  But whatever he does in Ukraine can hardly be as bad as letting Naziism get a new start in Eastern Europe.


Infidel753 said...

I'm not sure I quite understand your point here? These awful notices about "registering" Jews are coming from the "pro-Russian" element (in fact, almost certainly Russian agents sent by Putin's regime) who have seized control of the government buildings in Donetsk. This is not an action that Putin is in opposition to. It's an action of his puppets.

Green Eagle said...

How right you are, Infidel. I based this post on an early story which clearly implied that, though this happened in Eastern Ukraine, it was the product of the anti-Russian side in the conflict, which has engaged in anti-Semitic behavior. Well, I guess I should have remembered that the Russians have as long a history of anti-Semitism as the European right wing, and been more suspicious. I do thank you for catching my screwup. I'll leave the post out there for anyone who thinks Green Eagle is infallible (that would mainly be myself and my dog, who never reads my blog posts anyway.)

Sam240 said...


It turns out that this is not an action of Putin's puppets. Pinchas Vishedski, the chief rabbi of Donetsk, has declared the notices to be a hoax.

Green Eagle -- could you please put update your post to reflect this news?