Separatists Reportedly Ordered Donetsk Jews to Register Or Be Deported

World | April 17, 2014, Thursday // 14:34
Bulgaria: Separatists Reportedly Ordered Donetsk Jews to Register Or Be Deported Photo: Novosti Donbassa

An order for all Jews in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk to register with the recently proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk has reportedly been issued by new authorities.

According to the report of the Novosti Donbassa news agency, quoted by the Israeli daily Haaretz, the printed notice was pasted and handed out around the synagogue in Donetsk on Tuesday by "three unidentified men wearing balaclavas and carrying the flag of the Russian Federation".

A copy of the notice was provided to Novosti Donbassa by members of the local Jewish community. The new agency speculates this is a provocation, trying to start a conflict, which was to be blamed on the separatists. 

The notice apparently bore the stamps of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk and was signed by its self-styled people's governor Denis Pushilin.

It orders all Jews over the age of 16 to register at the government building, which has been occupied by pro-Russian insurgents in defiance of Kiev rule. Jews would also have to pay a registration fee of before May 3, list all real estate and vehicles owned and carry their passports for listing of religious affiliation.

The notice explained the measure as being due to the alleged support of Jewish leaders for the "nationalist junta of [Stepan] Bandera in Kiev" and their hostility "to the Orthodox Donetsk republic and its citizens."

Failure to register, the notice said, would result in people being "stripped of their citizenship and deported forcibly outside the country with confiscation of property."

In an interview for Ukrainian media Pushilin confirmed that such notices were indeed handed out in Donetsk but he and his people had nothing do with it.

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