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Friday, April 18, 2014

US says it 'doesn't know' who's behind anti-Semitic flyers in Ukraine

The Untied States government has now told the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center that it 'doesn't know' who is behind anti-Semitic flyers calling on Jews to 'register' their persons and property or face deportation. This is from the first link.
In response to an email query, Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt told the Wiesenthal Center that the fliers were “clearly part of a general effort to sow fear among Ukrainian Jews.” Beyond that, the U.S. doesn’t know much.
“The Wiesenthal Center denounces this grotesque action that is clearly designed to spread more fear among the Jewish community, already reeling from the increased instability that has racked the region for the past few months, “said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper in a statement released in Los Angeles. “We urge authorities to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of Jewish communal institutions.”
The Anti-Defamation League noted that the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic, whose name appeared in the document’s signature, has publicly disavowed the flier.
“We are skeptical about the flier’s authenticity, but the instructions clearly recall the Nazi era and have the effect of intimidating the local Jewish community,” said ADL national director Abraham H. Foxman. “We have seen a series of cynical and politically manipulative uses and accusations of anti-Semitism in Ukraine over the past year. The perpetrators and their targets are opposing politicians and political movements, but the true victims are the Jewish communities. We strongly condemn the anti-Semitic content, but also all attempts to use anti-Semitism for political purposes.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said it’s critical that the international monitors from the Organization for the Security and Co-operation in Europe deploying to Ukraine as part of yesterday’s Geneva agreement “examine this issue closely to ensure that religious and ethnic minorities do not become targets.”
“This sort of intimidation and persecution is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated in the 21st century,” he said.
This is from Thursday's US State Department briefing on the issue. Let's go to the videotape.

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At 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did we say 'Never again'? I will give every penny I have and all of my resources and personal connection to ensure the safety of my family, the holy souls that emanated from Avraham, Yitzhak and Yaakov.
Obama response is NOT GOOD ENOUGH to be innocent and above suspicion of collaboration. Bibis' response must be as wise as Solomons' and as sharp as incisive as a surgeons scalpel.
History must record that we had no fool for a leader.


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