A Reader Reports That The Latest Hoax Crime Isn't On An American Campus, But In The Ukraine
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From: Boss Aktuba [Email him]

Several of my Jewish relatives were up in arms a few days ago over about something that happened in Donetsk, Ukraine. Lying in the eastern part of the country close to Russia, Donetsk is an industrial city with a metro area about as populous as Pittsburgh's.

According to the USA Today article I was sent, some masked men in Donetsk approached people leaving a synagogue and handed out leaflets alerting Jews that they would soon be required to register their property and pay a fee or else leave the country. [Leaflet tells Jews to register in East Ukraine, By Oren Dorell, USA TODAY, April 17, 2014]. The leaflets carried the letterhead of the local pro-Russian party, though the party's leadership has denied any connection to the leaflets.

Many reports featured quotes from local Jewish residents saying they had never before experienced anti-Semitism in Donetsk, which for me was a sign that this incident was not, as many leaders of American Jewish groups (such as Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America) claimed, proof of a "a rising tide of anti-Semitism across Europe" or warning signs of the next impending Holocaust.

(People like Klein seem to be as obsessed with their own perceived victimhood as is Eric Holder, though unfortunately not many people in my family are aware of the parallel.)

Extreme was my lack of surprise when, days later, the leaflets were thoroughly exposed as a hoax. [Anti-Semitic flyer handed to Jews in Ukraine was a fake aimed at stirring up trouble and discrediting pro-Russians, says Rabbi, By Julian Robinson and William Stewart, Daily Mail, April 19, 2014]

(It's worth mentioning that at least one prominent Donetsk Rabbi—Rabbi Shmuel Kaminezki—identified the leaflets as fakes from the beginning.)

While in Geneva, John Kerry had condemned the fliers as "grotesque" and "unacceptable." We'll see if he, along with all those Jewish organization leaders and gullible journalists, admit they fell for the joke.

Boss Aktuba is the obviously fake name of a man who’s written two articles for VDARE.com.

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