REPORT: Ukrainian Jews Forced to “Register”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

If you want to know why I could never vote for a Ron Paul-type libertarian, Save Jerseyans, then read this exceedingly disturbing report out of a Russian militant-occupied town in Eastern Ukraine (via USA Today):

Emanuel Shechter, in Israel, told Ynet his friends in Donetsk sent him a copy of the leaflet through social media.

“They told me that masked men were waiting for Jewish people after the Passover eve prayer, handed them the flyer and told them to obey its instructions,” he said.

The leaflet begins, “Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” and 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.”

It says the reason is because the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta, a reference to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement that fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II, “and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk,” a name adopted by the militant leadership.

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.

The incident has been confirmed by reliable authorities but the extent of the anti-Semitic action – and who sanctioned it – isn’t quite clear other than the fact that it came from pro-Russian forces.

Surprise! We haven’t heard anything from the White House. No doubt they’re busy tinkering with Tea Partiers’ tax returns or school lunch menus. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ07) issued a statement expressing how he is “appalled by the news out of the Ukraine that pro-Russian militants are mandating Jewish citizens ‘register’ with the forces who are trying to force Ukraine to become part of Russia…

“Today’s news harkens us back to some of the worst times in human history. I immediately call for the world community to denounce these tactics and allow the Jewish people to practice their faith freely.”

Waiting on you, Mr. President.

Regardless of HOW it went down, as Congressman Lance correctly reminds us, the parallels between the aggression asserted by Hitler’s 1930s Germany and Putin’s 2010s Russia were eerie enough before this news broke. Europe (and Russia in particular) have a deep-rooted anti-Semitic history that’s never too deep beneath the surface; what makes current events particularly troubling is Putin’s willingness to undertake extreme measures (e.g. invasion of a sovereign nation) to prop up his government which is grappling with a sour domestic economy. Playing both sides of the Middle Eastern game is one thing. Ruthlessness employed to save your tail at home is another.

As New Jersey’s own Rabbi Shmuley said in a recent Jerusalem Post op-ed, “[a]lways beware a dictator. When he falls righteous people will point fingers. And you really don’t want to be around.”

I wouldn’t put it past Putin to exploit anyone or anything to keep control and achieve his nefarious ends. And who is going to stop him? Certainly not Barack Chamberlain…

Please keep all of Eastern Europe’s Jews in mind this Passover/Easter season. They need your prayers.

 

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25 thoughts on “REPORT: Ukrainian Jews Forced to “Register”

  1. Hold on there…

    Are you trying to say that ethnic Ukrainians DO NOT discriminate against Jews? That it is ONLY ethnic Russians? Are you joking???

    During WWII ethnic Ukrainians worked side by side with the Nazi SS to round up and slaughter over a million Ukrainian Jews. This was neighbor-on-neighbor slaughter. Here, this is what it was like:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE5AERj_7Zs

    About 840,000 Jews remained in the Ukraine after the Second World War, a decrease of almost 70% from 1941. The majority of the Jews who remained in Ukraine left after the collapse of Communism.

    In 1989, 487,000 Jews were still living in Ukraine. Even after Ukrainian independence in 1991, Jews were still discriminated against and were even banned from attended educational institutions.

    During the 1990s, some 266,300 Ukrainian Jews emigrated to Israel as part of a wave of mass emigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union to Israel in the 1990s.The 2001 Ukrainian Census counted 106,600 Jews living in Ukraine.

  2. Bush set an unfortunate example to encourage Putin when he did nothing in 2008 when Russia took it’s aggression unfettered in Georgia. Where were you all?? No Cheney? No Bolton? No Heritage Foundation? You all wake up now? Shelly … didnt you see this coming?

  3. Hold on there…

    Are you trying to say that ethnic Ukrainians DO NOT discriminate against Jews? That it is ONLY ethnic Russians? Are you joking???

    During WWII ethnic Ukrainians worked side by side with the Nazi SS to round up and slaughter over a million Ukrainian Jews. This was neighbor-on-neighbor slaughter.

    About 840,000 Jews remained in the Ukraine after the Second World War, a decrease of almost 70% from 1941. The majority of the Jews who remained in Ukraine left after the collapse of Communism.

    In 1989, 487,000 Jews were still living in Ukraine. Even after Ukrainian independence in 1991, Jews were still discriminated against and were even banned from attended educational institutions.

    During the 1990s, some 266,300 Ukrainian Jews emigrated to Israel as part of a wave of mass emigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union to Israel in the 1990s.The 2001 Ukrainian Census counted 106,600 Jews living in Ukraine.

  4. I see leaflets were distributed — number: unknown, persons responsible: unknown.
    I also don’t see anywhere that registrations were actually being done.
    How you link it to pro-Russian forces seems to be a stretch too, as they were masked and no where does it confirm who is behind it.
    Out of curiosity can you identify the Ukraine on a map? Should Obama go to war based on these leaflets?
    Click on link and read this article (it appears half way down the page)
    http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/04/beatles_back_in_the_ussr_ukraine_neoconservatives.html

  5. Could be a stupid question but I’m not very savvy- what does this have to do with Ron Paul and the libertarians?

  6. Here is a quote from Abe Foxman, President of the Anti-Defamation League: ““We have seen a series of cynical and politically manipulative uses and accusations of anti-Semitism in Ukraine over the past year,” Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement issued Thursday. “The perpetrators and their targets are opposing politicians and political movements, but the true victims are the Jewish communities. We strongly condemn the anti-Semitic content, but also all attempts to use anti-Semitism for political purposes.”

    He’s talking about you Matt.

  7. More and more this is beginning to look like a very, very sick prank or, more likely, pro-Ukrainian activists disguised as Russian separatists to undermine the legitimacy of the pro-Russian separatists. Sort of like liberals dressing like Tea Party members carrying signs promoting racism and bigotry to discredit the Tea Party movement. What this is all about Matt Rooney doing hit pieces on Murray Sabrin (ie. “Ron Paul-type libertarian”) on behalf of the GOP Establishment which is in “ABS” mode (Anybody But Sabrin). They fear Murray at the top of the GOP ticket in November will hurt down ballot candidates, especially in the third congressional district which Democrats are trying to flip from re up like Tea Party members carrying racist and d to blue: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/world/europe/efforts-to-register-jews-in-ukraine-are-denounced-and-denied.html?hpw&rref=world&_r=0

  8. My comment denouncing the implication about Ron Paul was not posted. In any case, it is a bloody shame that even the best and smartest of us are so brainwashed into knee-jerk reaction on “black”, “gay”, or “Jew”.

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