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Jews Ordered to ‘Register’ in Donetsk, Ukraine

Flyers with instructions to "register" were handed to Jews as they left synagogue following holiday prayers.
Text of anti-Semitic flyer distributed to Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine on Passover 2014.

Text of anti-Semitic flyer distributed to Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine on Passover 2014.
Photo Credit: Courtesy, Israel Matzav blog

It is said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.  For some Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine on this Passover holiday of “freedom,” concern and even fear is lurking in their thoughts, making them wonder about the lessons of the past.

On the first day of Passover this week, three armed men in the eastern Ukrainian province of Donetsk distributed flyers warning Jews to “register” themselves and their assets with the new pro-Russian government, according to the novosti.dn.ua website.

The flyers were handed out next to a synagogue as people were leaving following holiday prayers. They read as follows:

“Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,

Due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported (Stepan) Bendery Junta, and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, [the interim government] has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent age 16 and older, residing within the territory of the republic, are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register by May 3.

(Ed. Note: Stepan Bander was a Ukrainian nationalist leader in Kiev who fought with Nazi Germany in the 1940s against Soviet troops before switching sides and taking up arms against the German occupation.)

“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. Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revocation and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property. A registration fee of $50 is required.”

Pro-Russian separatists are occupying the building where the Jews were told the register.

The flyer was written in the Russian language and bore the symbol of Mother Russia at the top of the page and that of the Donetsk People’s Republic at the bottom. It was allegedly signed by Denis Pushilin, chairman of the Donetsk interim government but no ink signature is seen on the paper.

Donetsk was recently declared an independent “people’s republic” by pro-Russian activists. In response to a query by a Ukrainian Jewish website, Pushilin confirmed the flyers were indeed distributed by his organization. However, he was quoted by the tvrain.ru news site on Wednesday as denying any connection to the content, and called the flyers a ‘provocation.’

Nevertheless, Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky told Voice of Israel government radio on Wednesday that aliyah from the Ukraine is likely to double by the end of 2014.

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.

A reader on the Israel Matzav blog warned in a number of posts that the situation in Ukraine is becoming extremely dangerous for Jews.

Wisely, a Jewish resident of Donetsk told Ynet that she does not intend to register, although she said that she had never encountered any form of anti-Semitism until she saw the flyer. “Though I take it very seriously, I am uncertain of its authenticity,” she said.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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130 Responses to “Jews Ordered to ‘Register’ in Donetsk, Ukraine”

  1. Starting to sound very familiar… (shudder)

  2. Out of there! #Aliyah

  3. Oh Crap here we go again!

  4. Joan Lorenz says:

    Tell them not to.

  5. Eduardo Mazo says:

    new gestapo risen.

  6. Erika Felt says:

    This is real?! Oh my G*d!!

  7. This may spell the end of Palestine The stiff neck jews returning to their homeland will need room and space to live

  8. Lize Bartsch says:

    This is the Lord’s hand herding His people back to their own land: Israel, because He has an appointment with them there!!!

  9. This is how it began with the holocaust! :( *worried* It was predicted that another holocaust will be upon the Jewish people soon, and this is so scary to me right now because it’s all like history repeating!

  10. Please, everyone, let’s pray for the safety of our Jewish brothers and sisters!

  11. Please get out of there!!!

  12. Sue Johnson says:

    We never learn. This s frightning!

  13. Still debating as to the authenticity of this. Scary sh*t if real

  14. Gene Strong says:

    Most of the wise Jews will.leave Ukraine.

  15. Bob Maram says:

    oh, oh. return of the past.

  16. Gene Strong says:

    Obama is an enemy of.Israel.
    American Jews support obama.
    WTF ???

  17. Deb Hoc says:

    Get to Israel now.

  18. Fred Mason says:

    Probably not authentic…just agitprop by someone stirring up dissension…

  19. When Jews become too comfortable in an environment the rise in anti-Semitism reminds them they are Jews. This sounds all too familiar. RABBI DR. Bernhard Rosenberg

  20. Never let it happen again.

  21. Return home Yisrael and receive your inheritance from the LORD…!!!

  22. The document is not an official document by the Ukrainian government, it is a fake, a hoax like the Nigerian mails in your spam box…. Of course, many old people could go and “register” their money in the so called “places” where some bandits would wait for them… In times of crisis, there are so many thieves, any kind…

  23. TIME FOR THE JEWS IN UKRAINE TO MOVE TO ISRAEL

  24. Mikal Munitz says:

    get the hint people!!!!

  25. Get the hell out of there.

  26. Those who fail to learn the lessons of history….

  27. There’s still time to GTFO.

  28. Sounds like Hitler all over again. Jewish people come home to Israel. God wants you to be home.

  29. time for the Jews to go back to Israel

  30. Sounds like a phony from a right wing group(Svoboda) who are anti-Semites and their ancestors probably helped Hitler kill Jews in WW2. I do not think Putin, who is a thug in his own right,would allow it. Hate to say it but many oligarchs in Russia including his personal banker are Jews plus he even bought an apartment in TelAviv for his old German teacher from the old Soviet Union who is Jewish and was in bad shape financially. He had the Russian govt. put money into a Jewish museum in Moscow and is on good terms with the Chabad there. These right wing Ukranians have hated the Jews way back, and blame them on the death of many Ukranians in the 1930′s which was Stalin’s doing.Hatred of Jews in the Ukraine is endemic- I know because I was there not many years ago and spoke to many about the problem.

  31. Joe Ritchie says:

    Sounds like Nazi Germany all over again. If you can-leave.

  32. Scary, sounds like what happened before the end of World War II in Europe. Can anyone help them?

  33. Who are the 65 people who checked like here ? Having to register is never good. Leave Ukraine now while there is still time with your assets.

  34. Weather or not it is real, the threat is implied. To even exist means that something is happening. Be safe and leave.

  35. Debi Lovell says:

    yep something is very wrong with this picture, I will pray for these folks

  36. And so it begins again.

  37. Harvey Herman , absolutely right , it is a provocation. Putin is not that stupid , to put this out .

  38. Jewish citizens are safe in Ukraine. The Ukrainian MP Yatsenyuk is a Jew, his right hand, the vize-MP Groisman is a Jew, etc. Anything is OK for the Jewish people in Ukraine. It’s a hoax by some local bandits – it’s a common hoax against old people, a simple way to take their money – with some “dociments”/ “registers” or phone calls (about relatives who need money in some hospital) – old people go there – and they become victims of robery at the place. In times of crisis such crimes are a status quo.

  39. Maybe so, Vanessa but there were members of the German government that were Jewish when Hitler took over and we all know what happened then. I spoke to a Chabad rabbi 2 weeks ago whose brother is located in a small Ukranian city. He said that his brother hoped the Russians would take over-that has to tell you something.

  40. Maybe so, Vanessa but there were members of the German government that were Jewish when Hitler took over and we all know what happened then. I spoke to a Chabad rabbi 2 weeks ago whose brother is located in a small Ukranian city. He said that his brother hoped the Russians would take over-that has to tell you something.

  41. Let’s go to the action!!! Shalom!!!!

  42. And how is this being allowed to happen again? Alarm bells going off here…….

  43. you couldn’t have put it in better words. I agree*worried* and of all weeks Passover week

  44. Cut the baloney and serve it to your family, Assad.Oh, I am sorry, it might not be Halal.

  45. Cut the baloney and serve it to your family, Assad.Oh, I am sorry, it might not be Halal.

  46. Krissi Jacobs says:

    Goodnes! Surely this is a hoax and anyone who is foolish enough to register and give their names and documents to prove they have property may find they'll get robbed.

  47. OH NO!!! If this is a fact… the entire world most react NOW!

  48. bh my friend just told me yesterday that during wwii people would ask the Rabi what to do without answer

  49. bh run away israel is waiting

  50. terrible news-and POTUS & Kerry say nothing

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