[Ed. – Imagine if this were Muslims rather than Jews.]
Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed Thursday a report that Jews in one restive Ukrainian city were sent notices telling them to register, a development he called “grotesque.”
Kerry’s comments follow a report in Israel’s Ynet News that a leaflet was circulating in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, demanding that Jews register — as well as provide a list of property they own — or else face deportation and revocation of citizenship. Pro-Russian activists have asserted partial control over some government buildings in that city.
Ynet reported that the notices were signed by Denis Pushilin, chairman of Donetsk’s temporary government — though Ynet reports that Pushilin confirmed the flyers came from his organization, “but denied any connection to the leaflet’s content.”
The notices reportedly were sent to areas where pro-Russian activists have declared the region as a “people’s republic” in defiance of the central Ukrainian government.