The latest news out of the Ukraine should shock and concern anyone familiar with world history. This morning, Sharona Schwartz, Middle East Correspondent for TheBlaze, posted the photo of a flyer handed out in Eastern Ukraine that called for all Jews over the age of 16 to “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.”
According to Ynet’s translation of the flyer from Russian to English, it says, “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 flyer has been attributed to Denis Pushilin, Chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic, a pro-Russian militant group. Pushilin has denied any connection to the flier.
Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the flyer. He said, “And any of the people who engage in these kinds of activities, from whatever party or whatever ideology or whatever place they crawl out of, there is no place for that. And unanimously every party today joined in this condemnation of that kind of behavior.”
Schwartz briefed Glenn Beck on this story in Thursday’s morning meeting.
“Ukraine has a really ripe and troubled history with anti-Semitism,” Shwartz told Glenn, noting that the biggest massacres of the Jews during World War 2 happened in the Ukraine.
But the problem doesn’t just lie with the pro-Russian militants. Jews have encountered persecution from the other side of the conflict as well. Last year, TheBlaze reported that several Ukranian ultra-nationalists wore t-shirts with anti-Semitic slogans to a rally.
“Israel is now preparing to take in twice the number of immigrants from the Ukraine than they have in recent years,” Schwartz said.
“And so it begins,” Glenn said when he heard the news.
Watch the briefing from the morning meeting below: