World Jewish Congress concerned about anti-Semitic agitation in Ukraine, urges restraint

18 April 2014

NEW YORK – The head of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Friday expressed concern about the situation in Ukraine and urged all sides in the conflict there to refrain from using anti-Semitic propaganda to further their political goals. Following the distribution in Donetsk and other towns in eastern Ukraine of an anti-Jewish flyer attributed to a pro-Russian separatist leader in Ukraine, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder condemned the pamphlet and called on all sides to show restraint. “We don’t know yet who instigated this latest affront, but it shows the seriousness of the situation.”

Lauder went on to say: “All sides must ensure that any form of anti-Semitism is condemned and fought vigorously. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian Jewish community is caught up in a situation for which it bears no responsibility, and it needs to be protected against unfair attacks, no matter where they may come from.” Lauder added the WJC was closely following events in Ukraine and was in constant contact with the local community.

A Ukrainian news agency reported on Wednesday that armed men had handed out a leaflet calling on Jews to register their property with the interim pro-Russian government or face deportation and loss of citizenship. The leaflet, a copy of which was distributed by the ‘Donbass’ news agency, demanded the city's Jews supply a detailed list of all the property they own, or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation, and have their assets confiscated. Donetsk, where pro-Russian separatists captured government buildings in the past week, is home to around 17,000 Jews.

Reportedly bearing the signature of the pro-Russian separatist leader Denis Pushilin, the flyer was distributed to Jews near the Donetsk synagogue and later in other areas of the city where pro-Russians activists recently declared Donetsk as an ‘Independent People's Republic’. Pushilin denied any connection to the flyers, calling them a provocation.

According to the document Jews 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.”

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Nurit Abay

Sat, 19 Apr 2014

I cannot believe that in 2014 this is happening again. The ones responsible need to be found and made examples of. I understand that this is a way to instill provocation, but let's not sit and wait for the worst to happen.

barbara wellington

Sat, 19 Apr 2014

What will be next? Armbands? Something needs to be done NOW. This cannot be overlooked or ignored or looked upon as trivial. IT CANNOT WAIT! It started in a small way and no one did anything to rein it in and stop it completely in the beginning of what grew into our Holacaust. I am so afraid. Please, what can I do? What can I ask other Jews to do? What are you going to do? When are you going to do it? Please, don't let our people die.

Kendra

Fri, 18 Apr 2014

It sounds like the Nazi's have infiltrated like Hitler. Who is their behind the curtain leader? Will this ever end?

Vladimir Pyatov

Fri, 18 Apr 2014

It is provocation to discredit pro - Russian movement in the in eastern

Ukraine.

Richard M. Klein M.D.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014

This is disgusting if true.A strong protest is in order.You cannot deny the need for a strong and prosperous Israel.

Peter Richmond

Thu, 17 Apr 2014

Like the actions of Putin so far in Ukraine to "protect" ethnic Russians there, this has a familiar ring to it. Sound a bit like "Third Reich"?

jane rudner

Thu, 17 Apr 2014

Sounds like groundhogs day. Reminiscent of Hitler and Germany.

Kurt Weiss

Thu, 17 Apr 2014

How to find the truth of this?

Andrew Boyarsky

Thu, 17 Apr 2014

Send in the jets planes and IDF and get all of our Jewish brethren out of there. Regardless of whether this is a provocation or real, it shows that antisemitism is once again ready to be used as a tool to stir up hatreds. As the Israeli Gov't did in Sarajevo, when the civil war broke out there, we don't need to wait for any Jews to suffer in the middle of a civil war in Eastern Europe again.

Fanya

Thu, 17 Apr 2014

This document is spread by bendera's provocators to play game with West and the USA. Ukranians are antisemits. I am jew from Russia and I know their spirit. At the same time I confirm that it is dangerous for Jews to stay in Ukraine: they need to immigrate immediately..

Larry

Thu, 17 Apr 2014

So what else is new ?

When haven't we been under attack?

Alice Schulman

Thu, 17 Apr 2014

This is unforgivable and a horror. It is too reminisce of Nazi actions. How can we continue to fight such anti-semiitic actions when there seems to be no solution; no end. Maybe the remaining Jewish population should leave. Russia has never been home to us.

Paco N.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014

Are we back in 1933's Nazi Germany ? Unbelieveable !!!