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-Chilling: Flyers in Eastern Ukraine Demand that Jews Register and Pay a Tax?

by Dr. D ~ April 17th, 2014

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Here’s a shacking and chilling development in Eastern Ukraine. Not only has some of the declarations and actions of Putin reminded folks of the Nazi/Hitler ramp up to WWII but now some of the Russian ‘separatists’ who have taken over the government in Eastern Ukraine may be following in Nazi footsteps with their treatment of Jews.

Flyers have been printed and distributed to the Jewish community demanding that they register, declare their possessions, and pay a ‘special’ tax.  Here’s the incredible story from The Blaze:

The Jewish community in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine was stunned earlier this week when flyers were distributed calling on all Jews age 16 and older to register with separatists, list real estate and vehicles they own and pay a special tax, or face deportation, loss of citizenship and confiscation of their property.

The International Business Times reported that the flyer ordered Jewish citizens to register at one of the government buildings that was taken over by separatists earlier this month and that a special registration fee of $50 due May 3 was being levied.

The Israeli news site Ynet wrote that the leaflet specified what documents Jewish citizens would need for the registration process.

“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,” the document read according to Ynet’s translation from Russian.

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Response: The Russian news service is denying that it is an official policy of the new Russian separatist ‘People’s Republic of Donetsk’ and I doubt that the Russian authorities under Putin would be quite this stupid. However the flyers were handed out near the Donetsk synagogue by “three unidentified men wearing balaclavas and carrying the flag of the Russian Federation” and they are causing quite a concern and a controversy among the Jewish community in Donetsk.

While the leaders of the separatist movement may deny any involvement in the flyers or the chilling anti-Semitic policy it proposes, some connected with the separatists may have originated and distributed them. Since those distributing the flyers were wearing ‘balaclavas’ I have a suspicion that they might have actually been Muslims who are either a part of the Russian separatist movement or pretending to be in order to cause further controversy. The idea of a special tax reminds me of the Muslim ‘Jizyah’ which is levied against Jews and Christians living in Muslim dominated countries.

For sure it is really difficult under the current chaotic conditions in Donetsk to ascertain the entire truth of this matter. Regardless of who is actually behind the flyers it is a chilling reminder that there are still people out there who would like to mimic the Nazi treatment of Jews. It is particularly outrageous that it is happening during the Jewish Passover and the Christian Holy Week.             *Top

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