Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Grotesque" anti-Semitic prank played in Ukraine by "goons"

A Ukranian tabloid called Novosti Donbassa ran a story about masked men in Eastern Ukraine handing out fliers demanding the Jews register, pay a tax, and list all the property they owned.  Secretary of State John Kerry called this “grotesqye, beyond unacceptable”.  Time has an account of a story, with a link to the Ukranian language site here.
It does seem that pro-Russian sympathies in eastern Ukraine relate to economic hardships and loss of safety net associated with the country’s allying itself with the capitalist west.  And Putin seems to play on the idea that in his part of the world, people still show solidarity by nationality and religion.  

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