In what sounds like an eerie return to the 1930s,Israeli news website YNetNews.com reports pro-Russian militants in the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk are ordering Jewish residents to “register” with them.
Masked men passed along leaflets to Jews leaving a synagogue, ordering them to pay a $50 registration fee and provide a list of property they currently own. Failure to do so would mean a forfeiture of citizenship, deportation and confiscation of their belongings.
The flyer reads in full:
“Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,
“Due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, (the interim government) has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic’s territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register.
“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 revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property.”