Last week in Ukraine, leaflets were being disseminated saying Jews were required to register with the government or face being thrown out of the country and their possessions seized. More and more, they have been debunked as a hoax. Jews in America, and worldwide, should nonetheless take this seriously, and recognize that - when the time comes - if they don't fight back, they will die.
US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoff Pyatt, confirmed that the leaflets were real, according to Jake Tapper of CNN:
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 leaflet goes on to note.
But pro-Russian forces in Donetsk denied any role in the creation of the leaflets. The head of the Russian separatists, Dennis Pushilin, called them, "a provocation."
Donetsk's Chief Rabbi, Pinchas Vishedski, agreed that the flyers were a hoax, telling journalists, "I think it's someone trying to use the Jewish community in Donetsk as an instrument in this conflict. That's why we're upset,"
The mere existence of these leaflets is jarring. Frightening, actually, for those who are Jewish and identify with their Judaism with more than just new clothes on high holy days and corned beef sandwiches from the Carnegie Deli or Brent's.
What would they do if told to register? Being Jewish, how would they react if they were there? Since requiring human beings to register with the government never ends with milkshakes and hugs, how rough would things get? How far would they go to set things right? How far would the other Jews around them go? Would there be anyone by their side?
Jews in America have been baffling in their support of policies that are detrimental to their existence, and in far too stark a contrast to their history. Harvey Weinstein speaks with venom about the NRA, stating that he will make movies that make NRA members, "wish they were never born." Yet, the NRA - and millions of law abiding gun owners in America - are on the side of the Jews and history; of the recognition and the importance of protection of one's life.