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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.

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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.

Hana Levi Julian

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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  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…


  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

  51. and their assets…that shows again what Hitler did took the lives of the Jews and took their assets. Time to run

  52. Anne Maxson says:

    so dont do it, first of all . second get the hell OUT now!

  53. time for russia to take over ukrain and imprison the rabble rousers

  54. Silvia Segui says:

    Here we go again

  55. I think that is pogroms.

  56. Tal Babich says:

    Expert says this document is FAKE.

  57. With social media this would be all over the press I doubt this is true otherwise we would see tweets and or facebook media comments unless these platforms are banned in the Ukraine which I do not think they are if you live in the ikraine and are Jewish post your situation for the world to see NEVER AGAIN

  58. Deja vu all over again. Very bad.

  59. Jews must all work together to stop this !

  60. Yuki Back Katan says:

    Bad journalism. You even copied the typing mistakes of Ynet.

    He never confirmed it was distributed by "his organization". Only that it was distributed.

  61. Jo Perugini says:

    FIRST THEY CAME by Pastor Martin Neimoller

  62. Yechiel Shlipshon says:

    Dear Citizens of Donetsk of other than Jewish background; I suggest for your self respect that you make a majority referendum that you do not support anti-Semitic provocation or action. If you fail to do so, the civilize world may see you as having divorced yourselves from the modern world and from any reason to see you as a partner in progressive and civil communication. Your choice, but i would rather be seen as civilized than

  63. Paul Gainer says:

    omfg… get out of there now guys!

  64. Lies about the original Holocaust and it seems ripe for another one. God forbid.!!!

  65. reminds me of pograms conducted in Russia in 1920s, 1930s. They were as bad as Hitler, burning down Jewish villages, murdering the inhabitants. Jews can expect no mercy from a Communistic gov’t.

  66. I suggest any jewish person living in that area to arm themselves and be prepared to fight if need be. Never again will jews be subjected to the near eradication of our religion. You cannot reason with anti semites, there is no negotiation or diplomacy with people who exist to hate you simply on the basis of your religion. The only response is to fight back.

  67. This is hitlers hiden evil agenda

  68. Gina Loyd says:

    How about the just start shooting the jack asses provoking the conflict by printing up BS and handing it out just to stir sh*t, then we can just all get along.

  69. Gina Loyd says:

    It was made up and handed out by some group to provoke Jews and start sh8t…it's not from the officials.

  70. Habib Akbarovich says:

    My dear Gina…shooting how and with what? Ukrainian citizens are not allowed to own firearms unless they are law enforcement or military. It's not like in the USA there where they have the right to bear arms. Believe me, if the citizens there were armed, them nationalists and other Nazi pigs would have gotten their asses shot up a very long time ago.

  71. Habib Akbarovich says:

    Arm themselves with what and how? The citizens of Ukraine are not allowed to own firearms. Ukraine is not the USA.

  72. Habib Akbarovich says:

    Time for some JDL badasses to go in there and crack open some skulls. Never Again means just that. Kahane Chai!

  73. This must not happen again, while the world watches and does nothing.

  74. Phil Mendelowitz says:

    WTF? No never again.

  75. Putin seems to be acting more and more like Adolf every day. This man has got to be stopped – now!

  76. I doubt very seriously if Putin had anything to do with this.

  77. Dont say anything if youre not going to do it yourself


  79. Hayim Curiel says:

    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

  80. Anonymous says:

    As Jabotinski said "Liquidate the diaspora or the diasporah will surely liquidate you"

  81. You gonna do something

  82. Patricia Sargent says:

    I was wondering what it would take to drag Russia to Isreal. I guess it all starts with a little hate here, and a little hate there, until that sort of evil spreads it's leaves like a tree. How much is the world willing to put up with? It is up to us isn't it?

  83. time to get some sniper rifles and take out the commies and PUTIN, once and finally end the anti-semetism

  84. Lev Mikhaylov fly me in i am a proud Jew and willing to kill all who oppose the Jewish population,I am Part of the J.D.L. and would die standing, then licking the boots of a nazi-sympathizer

  85. This sounds like a fake, probably an anti-Russian provocation.

  86. I feel heart sorry for the stress and anxiety these people must be suffering in such uncertain times, I wouldn't trust Putin & his thugs further than I could throw them.

  87. James Mason says:

    the racist idiot killer the other day, seeing this now, geez. Humanity has many miles to go, it would appear.

  88. Michael Schreiber sounds like you're ready to kill because of an unconfirmed document written by probably a nobody which hasn't caused harm to anyone at the moment and you're ready to kill because of THAT?! how about kill yourself you Russophobe, you're a menace to society.

  89. It's Russian Expansionism all over again~! Remember Hitler's reason to invade Czechoslovakia~? To protect Germans that were living there. Now Russia is using that tactic. She's protecting Russians. Just prior to WWII was a time of European appeasement. The USA was isolationist. Hitler marched and kept it up from country to country. Back then, and even way prior to WWII, Russia was always known for her expansionistic approach. It was her foreign policy. Now we have Russia on the move again, no matter how devious she is at doing it, no matter how clever her words. We have appeasement again, but not just in Europe, but the USA also. We have Holocaust denials. We have Muslim war. This invasion of Crimea is just the tip of the iceberg. President Obama's presidency seems to be bent on destroying the USA and it's allies. and the American and Western way of life. This may be the biggest con job in history. He may be the devil incarnate, or just an American Muslim, seeking to destroy Western civilization. History will tell. But add to this, this despicable antisemitism, and every free soul that doesn't take a stand against all these evils, deserves whatever happens to them. Take a stand, just like is being done in Nevada. Look, just put all these thing together, wake up and stand up for your rights and your freedom. Whichever way you fight, through legal channels or otherwise, do it now, not tomorrow. We must stop Russia. We must defeat terrorism. We must stop antisemitism. We must, once again, stand up, whether our allies follow or not. We just cannot let these things happen.

  90. Looks like Russia wants to see The Wrath of God poured out onto them!~

  91. Hey Jack, Lets be fair. We all have something or other; but me. You're wrong. In fact all my family are not how you may think. They believe in the Ten Commandments and just lead normal family lives.
    What's your heritage~?

  92. Mark Gory says:

    Al over again. Do we never learn?

  93. Una West says:

    Oh no :O


  95. JD Gremm says:

    Absolutely horrifying! The world stood by and did nothing in the 40's–and I have no doubt nothing will be done to stop it this time as well. Antisemitism is, and will always be, alive and well – just camouflaged a little more and more with each generation. So sad-and terrifying!

  96. Bonnie Beck says:

    JD Gremm …40s??? It started in the 30s.

  97. Kirstin Mackay says:

    yeh I read this and my stomach churned. Putin is a vile little monster.


  99. Jerry Elliott says:

    Alfred how can you possibly blame Obama for what Russia is doing. Get your head out of your butt!

  100. John Meyer says:

    It's been debunked by many sites.

  101. Ruth Avidon says:

    Shades of Hitler's reign.

  102. Jerry Elliott
    Jerry- I don't blame him for what Russia is doing. I blame him for what he is not doing about what Russia is doing.. Please, don't be so naive. Just watch Fox news once or twice and It'll become clear.

  103. This appears to be NO JOKE!!! I also saw it on tonight's news.

  104. Marsha Swenson says:


  105. Jessica Renee DeVictoria says:

    What station?

  106. Tibor Tibi Andris Halmai says:

    It is time for a latter day Irgun or Stern Gang to assassinate these "entrepreneurs" who look for $50 registration fees.

  107. OMG this is sick. Sick I tell you. Will it ever end?

  108. Asclepias Syriaca says:

    this is BS. not buying it, sorry. Only there to arouse emotion and hatred against Russia to promote a war. How can the fee be a nice neat $50 in terms of Ukrainian money? And if it is true, who would actually fall for it and comply? This has false flag written all over it.

  109. Bev Tobe says:

    Not surprised

  110. Anke W. Cheney says:

    …and then comes the Pogroms…

  111. Jerry Elliott says:

    Alfred Neil Kramer You believe what you hear on Fox News? They accomplished just what they want by shaping your opinion. Ever watched the movie "Ethos"?

  112. Stephan Terblanche says:

    Oh no! Horror! Horror!

  113. Una West says:

    It started hundreds of years ago

  114. Propaganda? Hopefully so……..

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